My family has a new year tradition: at five minutes to midnight, my dad, accompanied by me or my sister if we are there, wraps up warm and leaves the house via the back door, “taking the old year out with us.” We then hurry around to the front and wait on the doorstep in… Continue reading New Year, Not a New Start
As someone who was diagnosed with ddepression and anxiety over 2 years ago now, I have learnt a lot from my experience. In particular how someone with a mental illness can be very hard on themselves and often their own mind can focus on the negatives. Through therapy and taking medication I have learnt to… Continue reading Living with a mental illness: 5 Important Things to Tell Yourself
This blog was inspired by a conversation I had with fellow ECBC babe, Jen, whilst we were marching around Manchester on the Global Climate Strike on 21st September. The march was great- filled with love, compassion and a real, vibrate-the-air desire for change. However, it was easy to see how overwhelming an event like this… Continue reading Anxiety, Activism and Protesting
Hurricanes, forest fires, wild storms, hottest summers on record, melting ice caps, animal extinction and scientists giving us just 12 years to turn this all around—there is a lot feel anxious about when it comes to the future of our planet. And you wouldn’t be alone in feeling like this. A report released in 2017… Continue reading Eco-Anxiety: What can I do if I am worried about climate change?
Here at ECBC we use our personal experiences living with a mental illness to help others. We are not medical professionals and if you have any queries about seeking help or therapy we recommend speaking to your doctor. We have written a post previously giving advice on how to talk to your doctor about your mental… Continue reading Living with a mental illness: Counselling, CBT and various therapies
Welcome to my TED talk. It's time we start loving ourselves more. It's time to stop comparing ourselves to one another and celebrate who we are. I have just consumed some gin so this may be the booze talking but I'm very tired of tearing myself apart. It's exhausting. I'm too fat, my knees are… Continue reading It’s time to start loving yourself: How to help lift your Self-Esteem
In a recent column in the Telegraph, Boris Johnson—our new prime minister— suggested how “we can improve mental health, save money and boost the economy all in one go.” ... Now, don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying your job, and I am glad that the people in power are now considering mental health as part of their policy making; however, to position work as a “therapy” or even a “cure” is not only ignorant, but dangerous.
There can be a lot of social pressure nowadays, which regularly comes from social media and the fact we can always see what our family and friends are doing. If we are sat at home often we find ourselves scrolling through the many pictures or videos of friends/family/acquaintances out having fun or spending time with… Continue reading Living with a Mental Illness: Its Okay not to want to be around People all the time