I have anxiety and living with this mental illness can mean a restless mind and means struggling to fall asleep. We can often lie awake until the early hours of the morning thinking about our worries, work or even just what we are having for tea the next day. Our brains are complex but one… Continue reading ASMR: What It Is & How it Can Help Living With Anxiety
We often hear about the major side effects of living with a mental illness: panic attacks, low mood, feeling isolated and even suicidal thoughts. We don't often hear about other side effects that can go alongside it, things that can effect our everyday lives and go hand in hand with our mental illness. Unable to… Continue reading Living with a mental illness: The side effects we don’t talk about
When someone shares that they are struggling with their mental health, how should we respond? Whether it's a friend, family member, co-worker or even a stranger on social media, well meaning responses, such as "Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help”, can actually add to the struggle. Often we don't really… Continue reading How do we support someone struggling with mental illness?
I was diagnosed with Polycystic ovaries when I was 18. My period didn't start until I was 16, much later than all my other friends at school and after this I appeared to only have a cycle every 3 months or so. I spoke with my mum and we agreed it was a bit odd… Continue reading Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: What it is and how it affects the mental health of 1 in 5 women worldwide
Trigger warning: this book does contain references to suicide and sucidial thoughts. There are trigger warnings in this book for the heavier reading chapters but please only read this book if you feel in the right frame of mind to do so. "This book is a comedic memoir-meets-advice-guide about loosing my dad at fifteen, loosing… Continue reading The ECBC Book Club: Jack Rooke’s Cheer The F**k Up: How to Save Your Best Friend
I would read anything by Jayne Hardy. If she told me she had written something on the back of a leaf and pointed towards a big ol' forest you know I would be running right in there to find it. She is everything I hope to be and a daily inspiration. She's gone and done… Continue reading Self-love September: The ECBC Book Club, Jayne Hardy’s Making Space
You know here at ECBC Manchester we love a campaign, especially a campaign that helps promote being kinder to ourselves. This month we are focusing on how we can look after ourselves more and love ourselves for who we are. Self-kindness plays a massive part in promoting a positive mental health and this month we… Continue reading Self-love September: Being kinder to yourself, promoting self-care & setting healthy boundaries
The opening and the ending are always the most important parts of any story. The Dusk ‘til Dawn blog series is centred around the idea that the way we start and end our days set the tone for how we feel. ***** It's the end of the day and you're looking forward to snuggling down… Continue reading Dusk ‘Til Dawn – Coping With Nighttime Anxiety