Reflect & Reset

As the year comes to an end, many people will slowly but surely make plans and set goals for 2020. While goal setting is important, taking time to reflect on the previous year is a really valuable exercise. We tend to look ahead for the next challenge and in doing so, we fail to see …

Addicted to busy

As the title suggests, this post is about the potential repercussions of living a busy lifestyle. I mentioned in my previous post, that this time the depression was very physical rather than mental – something I couldn’t quite wrap my head around in the beginning. In 2017, I was a slave to my own mind …

There is no Immunity against Mental Ill-health

How did I get here again? How on earth has this happened to me? No, this isn’t actually what I think it is. I’m just run down and in a bad mood. I’m on holidays sure. The sun is beaming. Tunes are playing. Prosecco in hand – what the F do I have to be …

Model for change in mental illness: Change the individual’s environment before trying to change the individual

When it comes to treating mental illness, the first thought is to focus on what the individual is doing right or wrong that lead to this low point in their life. People ask questions like what’s wrong with them? What’s wrong with their body? What chemical imbalances exist within them to make them feel like …

How your mindset and lifestyle can alter your Genetics

You’ll often hear people using the phrase ‘it’s down to your genetics’, meaning it’s something that was pre-programmed into you as a human, from the moment you were conceived. A basic explanation for anyone that doesn’t know is that we all have a sequential genetic ‘code’ of chemicals that together, built into structural proteins that make …

The Gut-Brain Connection

This is a piece that I’ve been meaning to write for a while. I thought it would be best if I wrote about my experience with mental health first, to add a little bit of context. Again, it’s a bit personal at times, but I have finally gotten to a place where I can openly discuss these topics, in the hope to raise awareness and help …

My Mental Health journey

  So, bit of a different one today, as I’m going to talk about my story dealing with anxiety and depression. I wrote this piece for a mental health series on the Sports mind blog (insta: sportminds_irl) and it’s obviously extremely personal, but I wrote it with the main purpose to help someone. I know …

The Science behind Mindfulness Meditation – Exercise for your mental health

I know what you’re thinking – Meditation? That airy fairy, voodoo thing that hippies and yoga instructors do? I know that’s what you’re thinking, because that is exactly what I thought until a few weeks ago. Meditation is something that I’ve always wanted to try, but continuously put off as I could never quite ‘find …