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Keeping our tech relationship in check

Struggle & success

At a time of crisis, and when many of us are working remotely, we need to keep our relationship with smartphones and digital devices in check, says Laura Willis. Tech is helping us at the moment but can quickly lead to issues: information overload; work-life balance; and our relationships (at work and at […]

Managing your anxiety in today’s uncertainty

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Charlie Cannon advises us how to manage our anxiety levels and panic during times of extraordinary confusion and worry of the coronavirus pandemic. For those that suffer anyway, the bombardment of news can be overwhelming. Spend time in nature and walk off or exercise to lower spikes in your cortisol. Try and stop the […]

Protecting productivity and your mental health

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Anna Percy-Davis If you need to start working from home, either for self-isolation, or because you are minimising travel, it can be tricky to get the hang of working from home. Here are 10 Top Tips to keep you strategic, keep you happy, keep you productive and keep you sane. Balance, balance, balance is […]

Battling the panic

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Emily Nagioff has written before for us from overseas – she is travelling the world solo, and experiencing new challenges of how to keep her anxiety and depression in check when she is far from home and alone. She writes: “I’m in Australia: I’ve had a bad month, but am on the up […]

Out of the Dark

Struggle & success

Artist Flora McDonnell has struggled with anxiety and depression since childhood. She said: “I always felt that it was something wrong with me which made me try harder – reinforcing a pattern that make depressive episodes more likely. Realising that I was one of many and that I could be helped to help myself live […]

Running got my life back on track

Struggle & success

Drinking started as Friday night fun for Nick Alexander – something that all the lads from school did. But then it became something he did every day. Mid-week drinking after football, and the blur of university. “Times were good – from the outside,” he says. Then he was drinking to and from work, […]

Tips for the solo, anxious, travellers

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Emily Nagioff I’ve been travelling for more than a year now, having been diagnosed with depression and anxiety. I wanted to share my experiences of being a solo female traveller with mental health issues in the hope that people in a similar position will be able to relate and in turn feel less isolated and lonely. I’ve […]

The Anorexia Wars – 2012 to 2018

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Mark Simmonds In September 2012, our 16-year-old daughter, Emily, entered sixth form at Aylesbury High School to begin her A-Levels. She was level-headed, sensible and talented at many things. A month or so later, my wife, Mel, approached me with a slightly worried look and said, ‘We need to talk about Em.’ She had been […]

Tell your story with passion

Struggle & success

We are delighted to have partnered with OC87 Recovery Diaries to bring you a worksheet designed to help prompt you to dig a little deeper when journaling, or to help you start, or to help you voice your own story with passion. You can download your own version of the worksheet here. Bud Clayman, the […]

Facing the move to university

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Adjusting to student life can be hard. Being away from family and friends, with a new environment and facing new expectations. We went to Edinburgh University to speak to some of the students and teaching staff about how we can help with this important transition.

Centering yourself

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Rachel Kelly Every time I travel by plane, I am reminded that it is not selfish or navel-gazing to look after yourself: to take care of others we need to take care of ourselves. We all know the emergency instructions: put your own oxygen mask on first before you attend to those around you. Begin […]

Are we swiping left on mental health?

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Julie-Ann Robertson I quit Instagram in January. My mental health was taking a shake and I noticed I was flicking through my news feed and posting a story update every other hour because, frankly, I was looking for a validation fix. Shortly afterwards, I quit the rest of my social platforms. Am I over-reacting by cutting […]