Have you ever had that feeling, a strong urge to press pause? There are so many things we've been told we should strive for and achieve, it's dizzying. Buy a house, keep it tidy at all times. Make money (to pay for the house), a lot of, enough, as much as you can. Be productive… Continue reading It’s all about the ride… & no one should tell you how to drive.
Not your typical Mental Health non fiction book.. Lindo's book explores Mental Health through an intersectional lens. 'Radical belonging' by Lindo Bacon is a book on mental health unlike any other. This is to my knowledge, one of the only books on mental health which has a really intersectional dimension. It is a book which… Continue reading Book review: Lindo Bacon “Radical Belonging” or Why Mental Health is a Political Issue.
Before I start delving deeper, little disclaimer here. I am not a Mental Health professional nor do I claim that I hold the universal truth here. MH is a complex and nuanced topic. We're of course talking about highly individual and personal experiences. 1. Yes, others might have it worse than you.. but this does… Continue reading 4 Lessons I have learnt from times of Mental Health crisis
Defining trauma as a highly individual experience When we think about trauma, experiences like sexual assault or surviving a war often come to mind. These experiences are undoubtedly highly traumatic and can lead to severe PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). How do you define trauma? A traumatic event is an event which threatens an individual's… Continue reading Trauma through the intersectional lens: Why we are all not equal in the face of it.
Like many people out there, I find exerting control over my life pretty reassuring. Control can come in many forms. It can be about organisational skills, planning your daily life , planning for the future tracking your mood/ steps/ water intake - you get the gist. Control is not necessarily a bad thing. You see,… Continue reading Is your need for ‘control’ preventing you from growing and achieving your goals?
Artwork by me 🙂 @the_serial_paper_ripper on Instagram 1. Being creative teaches you to trust your own self Oftentimes, when I create something, for example when I collage, I instinctively think about what feels right and make split second decisions as to which colour to chose, what piece of paper to stick. I don't go by… Continue reading 3 Things I learnt from ‘Being Creative’
Dear Chloé, Right now, young people your age are trying to make sense of the world around them. And it's quite hard to do that when you are a teenager. Because the world is messy, complex, full of contradictions and quite hard to navigate. So what they do, is put people into boxes. Because that's… Continue reading Letter to My Teenage Self.
As you all know, mental health is a subject quite dear to my heart. Over time, I have learnt to challenge my long held beliefs about productivity and work. It took quite some time, and there are a few things I have come to realise along the way, which I think are worth sharing. 1.… Continue reading 4 things I have learnt about Productivity, Mental Health and my Relationship to Work
Or as I would rather call it "moving my body". Call it a personal opinion, but to me, the expression "physical exercise" is rather rigid, and loaded. I find the expression "Moving my body" way more encompassing. My relationship with exercise has been a fluctuating one, good, and sometimes bad, a bit like a love/hate… Continue reading 5 Things I Have Learnt on ‘Exercise’ and What It Should TRULY Be About
What's that book about!? In her book, Feminism, Interrupted, Lola Olufemi explores in depth the short comings of liberal mainstream feminism. She explains that whilst mainstream feminism has helped democratise feminist issues and making them accessible to the public, it fails at looking at the many structural problems (racism, sexism, capitalism, poverty amongst many others)… Continue reading Feminism, Interrupted – Lola Olufemi