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Dealing with Grief one Granola Pot at a Time

Dealing with Grief one Granola Pot at a Time

In the lead-up to the second anniversary of my Dad’s death, I’m a little bit confused. As someone who has always had a tendency to repress emotions, it’s not always obvious – even to myself…

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5 Things to Never Say to Someone with a Mental Illness

5 Things to Never Say to Someone with a Mental Illness

With Mental Health Awareness Week having just passed, the subject has very much returned to the forefront of my mind. I don’t speak about mental health as often now, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t…

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Chronic Pain and Mental Health: World Mental Health Day

Chronic Pain and Mental Health: World Mental Health Day

It all started one unremarkable night when I was 11. Earlier that day I’d been out riding my horse, and was relaxing on the sofa waiting for ‘I’m a celebrity…Get me out of here!’ to…

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How to kick your nail-biting habit

How to kick your nail-biting habit

Nail-biting is something I’ve struggled with for a number of years. It can be so disheartening, as you could be making a huge effort and doing really well and then all of a sudden, all…

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How to acheive higher exam grades by caring less

How to acheive higher exam grades by caring less

You may or may not know that the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is stress, and with tonnes of people from SATS age right up to university in the middle of exams…

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Why withdrawing my UCAS application twice was the best thing I ever did

Why withdrawing my UCAS application twice was the best thing I ever did

Throughout our school lives, and particularly from the age of 15 upwards, every child becomes a victim of the ‘get ready to go to uni’ narrative. I personally believe – as I’m sure many of…

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Erase this word from your vocabulary and change your life forever

Erase this word from your vocabulary and change your life forever

Let’s just think about it for a second; language is simply a string of sounds. A string of sounds that has the power to make us feel a spectrum of emotions. One string of sounds…

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How horror movies can ease anxiety

How horror movies can ease anxiety

To even entertain the thought that horror movies can temporarily alleviate anxiety seems ridiculous; it completely defies logic. When you think of films like The Conjuring, Insidious or Sinister, the first things that come to mind are nightmares,…

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