Amy writes: This year has flown by, and we’ll soon be entering the festive season. While for most of us, the Christmas period is a wonderful time where we enjoy spending time with family, eating and drinking too much, and exchanging gifts. However, for a number of us, the festive season can be incredibly difficult.
In July this year, it was 6 years since I graduated from university. It feels weird to think that I’ve now been adulting for that long. When is it acceptable to stop calling yourself a graduate? Asking for a friend. Anyone who knows me will know that I did not […]
So last year I left my job in retail after a total of 7 years. It all started as a job to give me some extra cash at uni, and it was my fallback when my lack of experience let me down in finding a job actually relevant to my […]
University can be an incredibly stressful time. Whether you’re a first year trying to find your feet or a third year powering through on your final exams, the pressure on students can get quite overwhelming. In fact, 1 in 4 students now experience mental health problems at university, a survey […]
As it’s Halloween, I thought today I’d share with you a few experiences of where I faced up to some of my fears. Both of my fears I’m going to talk about today are related to my vomit phobia, but through persuasion and if we’re honest, a bit of FOMO, […]
Over the years I’ve accumulated a number of anxiety essentials that I find useful or comforting during a panic attack. These range from things to help with the general symptoms I get to a few things that are useful for distracting me. Most of them I try and keep in […]
IBS. It’s not a condition that we feel we can easily talk about. Yet 10-20% of people in the UK suffer from it. Let’s face it, us British folk can often get quite squeamish when it comes to talking about poo. Pardon the pun, but that’s a load of crap. […]
Self care is a phrase that we see quite a bit lately. This Psychology Today article defines it simply as you taking care of you. But why is it so important? Mental health charity Mind says that self care techniques, along with general lifestyle changes can help us to manage […]
I loved cracking on with a good project at university. I loved putting my organisation skills to work and seeing everything come together. What I didn’t love however, was group work. I’m sure I’m not the only one when I say that group work at university was well and truly the bain of my life. I always had some pretty strong opinions when it came to group work, but I always kept them under wraps.
Mental health is without a doubt my favourite genre when it comes to books. Since I started studying psychology back when I did my A-levels, I became fascinated by the topic of mental health. Without reading too much into it, after the subsequent few years, I think it may have […]
While it’s not something I bandy about 24/7, this past year I’ve been much more open about my OCD. However, one thing I’ve noticed is that despite being honest about my mental illness, there’s still some heavy stigma around it, along with those cliché responses that we all know and […]
If you’ve read my previous posts, you’ll know that I didn’t really have the traditional freshers week experience. Moving straight into a flat with my partner meant that I didn’t experience what a ‘typical freshers week’ was like.
*Please be advised this post contains some curse words* When I first started writing, I spent a while looking for content ideas. One of the suggestions that came up on multiple occasions was to write a letter to your younger self. It was something I instantly vetoed. Mainly because I’ve […]
Warning: You may find this post triggering if you suffer with emetophobia. I have emetophobia. If you’re not sure what that is, it’s the fear of vomiting and seeing others be sick. Now, before I hear you cry “but no one likes being sick!” let me inform you that it’s […]
One thing that a lot of freshers struggle with during their first year is homesickness. Whether or not you care to admit it, I think we all end up feeling it every now and then. No matter how many people you surround yourself with in that first year, feeling homesick […]
Compared to most, I had a rather unconventional university experience. For most students, going to university is all about independence. You say goodbye to your family and friends, and at the beginning, you’re pretty much on your own. However, moving into halls means you soon find your feet in a […]