Friday, 27 March 2015

ALG March Playlist

Somehow February's playlist got lost (in like, an it was never made kind of way) so I've put a few more songs in than January's one to make up for it.

This past few months, I've mostly been getting in the mood for spring/summer with my music choices, but I'll be writing more on that next month. For now, I thought I'd include some of the other tracks I've been playing on repeat...

Saturday, 21 March 2015

9 Weekend Activities That Are Good For The Soul

Life has been getting on top of me lately. Really though, last night I came scarily close to booking a one way ticket to Bali in the midst of a mental breakdown/existential crisis, but that's a post for another time.

When things get too much and when the working week takes it out of you and you can feel the pressure building, it's more important than ever to use the weekend to recharge your batteries. Here's some things I try to do when I'm feeling stressed, low-spirited or just in need of a boost...

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Understanding Depression and Anxiety: 6 Valuable Quotes

A few months ago I wrote about my decision to drop out of university and my experiences with depression and anxiety. The post was, and is still being, shared and viewed more than I ever could have imagined, and the response was completely overwhelming. I've had hundreds of conversations in the past few months - blog comments, Facebook messages, emails, even brief conversations in the kitchen at work - and I've come to a few realisations:

Firstly, no statistic could ever have prepared me for the actual, real life, right-in-front-of-me prevalence of mental illness.

Secondly, most people are open to talking about mental health.

Thirdly, however, somehow there are still people who are unwilling to talk about or understand depression, even when it affects the people they care about, even in 2015, and even given the incredible progress we've made in recent years. This doesn't sit right with me at all, and it's something I'm all out of patience or sympathy for - it's ignorance.

Talking will help end the stigma, and allow for a society where our mental health issues are not hidden in shame, secrecy or fear. That's why the mental health conversation is so necessary. That's why campaigns like Time To Change's #TimeToTalk are so important. That's why I have pledged to always be fiercely and unapologetically honest about my mental illness, even if (and especially if) it leaves me feeling vulnerable or ashamed.

Pretty much everybody I know has read my university blog post, and that's a daunting reality. Now all my cards are on the table, though, I have very little to lose. I'll continue to talk openly about my battle (and I use that word hesitantly, because I don't think it's always that fitting) with depression and anxiety, and I'm no longer sympathetic if my openness makes you uncomfortable; one in four people will suffer from a mental health issue in any given year (source), and, really, it's 2015... it's about time we all stopped avoiding the subject and faced up to reality.

Mini (and somewhat tangential) rant over and done with, here's six quotes on depression and anxiety which I think are valuable to the mental health conversation:

Monday, 2 March 2015

Of Note: Pinterest #3

Firstly I reached an incredible 500 followers recently (what?!) and I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who actually comes back to read each of my posts - you guys are the best ever and this made me the most happy!

Also, I should address the elephant in the room: I've been in blogging hiding for the past few weeks, and I'm sorry, it won't probably will happen again. Just gonna be honest. I've been completely overwhelmed lately and the thought of blogging was just too much. Hopefully things are going to pick up a bit now and I'll try my best to get back on the proverbial horse...

That out the way, I thought I'd geeently ease myself back in with a Pinterest roundup - nothing too emotionally demanding, you know? Here's what I've been lusting over on my 'Style' and 'Details' boards lately:

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