Thursday, 2 June 2016

ALG May/June Playlist

ALG May/June Playlist

So, yeah, I skipped a month. Not to worry, though, I've lumped all the songs into one longer playlist to make up for (?) it. Expect the usual mix; a few (belated) Bowie additions, a few classic JT's to make up for my disappointment at his (read: Disney Pixar's) new song, some summer "jams" and some more chilled out stuff.

'Ave a listen:

Monday, 23 May 2016

Mental Health Blogger Meet: Register Your Interest

Mental Health Blogger Meet

This evening I took part in the #thegirlgang Twitter chat and mentioned that I'd been thinking about organising a mental health blogger meet in the UK. The response was preeetty huge, so let's get the ball rolling!

I have absolutely no idea how this is going to work yet, but first I want to get an idea of numbers.

If you're interested in coming along to a meet to discuss blogging away the mental health stigma, leave me a comment below and I'll get compiling a list. I already have a number of names but I figured this would be a lot more efficient. 

Please include the following info to make my life easier:
  1. Your name
  2. Where you live, what major cities you're close to whether you'd easily be able to get to Manchester/Leeds (or London if we were to do a North and South meet)
  3. Your email address
  4. Your blog url
  5. Your Twitter handle
I know this started within #thegirlgang, but absolutely anyone will be welcome (provided you have a blog or are looking to start one).

After I've got a list together I'll have a brainstorm and figure out the best way to do this. Thanks guys, and hopefully see some of you in the near future x

P.s. Can everyone share this post using #mhmeet?

P.p.s if anyone has any thoughts/ideas, feel free to email them over!

P.p.p.s. sorry about the rushed photo and post...

Friday, 20 May 2016

A Newly Vegetarian Meat Lover: Some Thoughts & Feelings

Linda Mccartney Meat Substitutes
Well, here's a blog post I never thought I'd be writing! You guys: I'm a vegetarian. An actual real life vegetarian. Like, I'm a herbivore. I haven't touched meat in five whole months* and I'm pretty proud of myself, honestly. I never thought I'd be able to do it for so long.

But wait, before you close the tab, this post isn't gonna be all about convincing you to go veggie too; I just want to note down a few of my thoughts, feelings and observations, as much for my own retrospective benefit as yours.

*alright so I forgot to change my plane food on the way home from Indonesia and also I ate a chicken pie my friend cooked for me the day I got home out of politeness, but these instances were still almost 4 months ago and I was an emotional wreck/jet-lagged respectively so we can just sweep that under the rug and carry on...

Friday, 29 April 2016

A Bad Day

I write about my depression and anxiety a lot on here, but, generally speaking, I write about it from a positive angle; when I'm feeling optimistic. As the photos in my post for International Day of Happiness show, so much can change in a day - it's easy to write optimistically in the wake of a bad day or moment, but it's becoming more and more apparent to me that I should also write when things aren't good. Talk about how I'm feeling, in the moment.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

ALG April Playlist

ALG April Playlist 2016 - Album Artwork

What up. It's the time of the month where I take my favourite songs of the past 4 ish weeks and publicise them in a playlist and blog post for you all to judge. Just about the only thing I've ever committed to in my whole life, though, so...

Monday, 11 April 2016

16 Things That Make Me Anxious

Imagine you're about to walk into an important exam you've not prepared for. You meant to cram revision the night before but you fell asleep with your head on your desk and woke up half an hour before the exam was due to start. Imagine the exam was going to make or break something important to you.

That tangible feeling of dread and panic inside you? Imagine that, but every day, about things that other people don't even have to consider.

That's anxiety (most commonly, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, or GAD), but no one person with anxiety experiences it quite the same. This makes it hard to recognise, hard to come to terms with and hard to understand: despite dealing with it most days of my life since a young age, I had no idea what I was experiencing was clinical anxiety until my twenties. The more we talk about it (as well as depression and other mental illnesses) and the more widely it's understood, the less likely people are to suffer in silence.

For this reason, I thought I'd make a list of the main scenarios around which my anxiety centres itself.

Quick foreword: these stressors and stimuli aren't "scary" to a lot of people, at least not to a serious degree, and there is generally very little logic involved. Remember, though, anxiety does not have to make sense to you for it to be very, very real for me.

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