The Paradox Of Modern Life: Notes On A Nervous Planet – Book Review

This book review was originally written for ECBC Manchester's book club and can be read on their website here. You know those days when the world seems to be running on high speed around you: the days when your mind is abuzz with all the should and musts and the endless to-dos and you can’t [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk – Being Your Own Best Friend

It's an age old problem that we tend to be terrible at taking our own advice. We are our own worse critics and things that seem logical and sensible when we say it to our friends somehow become ridiculous and impossible when we think about it in relation to ourselves. We would never look at [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk – Taking Up Space

We all know that one of the common and nasty side effects of struggling with a mental illness is the tendency to believe ourselves to be unworthy. Unworthy of love, unworthy of opportunities, unworthy of happiness. And a common side effect of those feelings of unworthiness is the tendency to make ourselves smaller. To attempt, [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk – Managing Panic Attacks

In the last post, Rachel talked about her experience of panic disorder and accepting the reality of living with it. In this post, I explore some strategies that can support you to manage panic attacks. Panic attacks are terrifying things. When you first experience them it is impossible to know what is happening and it [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk – Acceptance

Our next guest post comes from Rachel over at Tales of a 4 Child Mom. I love her honesty in this post and know many people will be able to relate to what she has to say. But I Do Not Want To Have Panic Disorder: Accepting My Mental Illness I do not want to [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk

Hello there, friend. It’s time to talk. Every year, on the first Thursday in February, Time To Changeheads up #timetotalk day. Time To Change is an organisation dedicated to ending the stigma and discrimination around mental health, and the #timetotalk campaign is all about opening up conversations, giving people the opportunity to speak openly about their [...]

Still Thriving

Five years ago today, I launched Thrive In Chaos and sent this post out into the world. I established this blog as a means of dealing with a difficult time in my life. I wanted to create a place where I could foster positivity and find a way to thrive, even when I felt that [...]

The Power Of Storytelling

I wrote this post for ECBC Manchester in celebration of National Storytelling Week. This is shortened version of the original: if you'd like to read the whole thing, you can do so here. The history of humankind is inextricably tied up with that of storytelling. From the earliest cave paintings, through the development of signed [...]

A Life’s Made Of Hope…

“Yes, the night has dark bits, but it has stars too, And you’ll feel when they shine, That they shine just for you, You will step outside and see from the park, That the light is brighter when it’s next to the dark. You will have so many great times ahead, And soft happy dreams [...]

A Pause, A Ponder And Some Poetry

After a brief, unintentional hiatus, I'm back and trying to figure out how on Earth to balance a busy day job and a more-hectic-than-usual home life with the writing life I crave. During the summer lull, I had managed to start to create time during my days to write or at least play with ideas [...]