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The Art Of Authenticity Whilst On Social Media

Marcus Brown | Posted 20.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Marcus Brown

With the birth of my daughter, I've really struggled about what I share online outside of running. It's prompted me to think about what does it mean to be seen and fully authentic on social media.

Want To Stop Drinking? Work Works

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 18.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

I slowly taught myself to relish every moment. Squeeze every bit of joy I could out of the process. Because it was the only time I didn't feel totally horrendous inside. I found that I could stretch the work feeling far beyond the hours I was filming a show.

50 Rays Of Light On Sex And Love Addiction...

Ruth Phypers | Posted 18.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Phypers

Nothing is less sexy than sex and love addiction. At best I was hooked into self-destructive circles with unavailable partners or short-lived affairs. At rock bottom I was punching myself in the face and smacking my head against the wall.

Shaking The Shackles Of Abuse

Anneli Roberts | Posted 13.10.2017 | UK
Anneli Roberts

Being in an abusive relationship is like being outside and alone in a hurricane. The insults, criticism and threats weather you over time. Your worst fears and memories used against you, leaving you feeling raw and exposed. You're exhausted from all the fighting and chaos, but you just have to keep dodging obstacles.

No More Drink, No More Drama

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 13.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Life as a drinker is fairly boring and monotonous. Combine that with a feeling of being emotionally numb. Spiritually empty. And there becomes a real need for drama, just to feel like something is happening.

Why It's Important To Talk To 'Quiet' Colleagues

Habiba Khanom | Posted 10.10.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Habiba Khanom

We can get so preoccupied with work itself and forget about some of the colleagues around us and how they could be feeling. Work will always be there but your colleagues might not. So, why not start a conversation today?

Eating Disorder Recovery Graduations

Emmy Brunner | Posted 09.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Emmy Brunner

It is a warm September evening and I'm sat in our clinic lounge looking out at a sea of expectant faces. Some familiar, some new, many fearful, others hopeful and excited. We are at a graduation - An event that we hold in honour of each client as she reaches the end of her treatment.

Mr. Grey

Tracey Louise Wright | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tracey Louise Wright

Apparently, depression isn't real, or so we're led to believe, or at best it's just a trumped up version of melancholy for society's weakest to band about as a modern day 'bad back' disclaimer, some Monopoly get out of jail free card we can swipe at our employers, as though we're waiting in line at the self service, to tap them up for a couple of extra days at home each year when we're having a 'woe is me day' (one of my favourite derogatory terms I've had personally applied).

Budding Authors, Never Underestimate The Impact Of Sharing Your Story

Tina McGuff | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tina McGuff

As a teenager I suffered terribly with anorexia and was sectioned into an adult psychiatric unit to keep me alive. By the time I was 20 years old I was ready to be integrated into society via a rehab unit as I had lost all my social skills.

That Time I Had A Detached Retina

Nicki Kinickie | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nicki Kinickie

It was the beginning of January and everything still seemed to be settling down after the madness of Christmas and New Year. Whilst getting ready to go out with my little family I noticed a change in my vision; a ball of light that I can only describe as resembling a glare on a lens in the sun, passed across my right eye almost like a bubble.

Taking The Leap: Learning To Love Again

Bonnie Bruce | Posted 18.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Bonnie Bruce

You'll never have these moments because, if you don't open yourself up to other people, why would they open up to you? Why should they give away the most precious pieces of themselves when the person that they're opening up to won't reciprocate that? Yes, it's scary to open up to somebody with such a huge level of hurt as a potential outcome.

What Can We Learn From The Diets Of Elite Athletes?

Rick Miller | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rick Miller

People often ask me what we can learn from these phenomenal people. Is there anything we can do to enhance our own performance from following their lead?

How I Went From Oxbridge, To Reuters, To Parliament, To Breakdown

Katherine Baldwin | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katherine Baldwin

That crack, that breakdown, that epiphany, while frightening at the time, was the best thing that ever happened to me. My mind, body, soul and spirit were trying to tell me something, trying to show me that my sanity and wellbeing lay in a different direction, on a different path.

From Poverty To Become A Pilot, Work With Snow Patrol, Mother And Wife. Impossible?

Tina McGuff | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tina McGuff

I would often seek solace in a bottle of alcohol, use various other methods to steal me from the toxic home environment I found myself in or simply try and end my life.

Prince Harry's Podcast Has Been A Game Changer For Mental Health - How Important Is It?

Tina McGuff | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tina McGuff

I tried to tell a friend for comfort and she told me I was a potential danger to her child so needed to stay away. I was devastated. I did not know what to say and simply withdrew further into my mental anguish, staying away from everyone like a shamed hermit. Silenced again by another person's opinion which I valued dearly at the time.

'I Wish I Could Be Anorexic For A Few Weeks To Lose Some Weight!' Why You Need To Read This

Tina McGuff | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tina McGuff

Since then, on many occasions I've heard many naive people say to sufferers or their loved ones: "Just eat something". Or stupid things like: "God I wish I could be anorexic for a few weeks to lose some weight".

The First Step To Becoming A Sober Girl

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

How do you become a sober girl? If it was as easy as just not drinking anymore, then we would only ever need one attempt at it. I had a number of failed attempts.

Suicide And Why We Have To Talk About It...

Tina McGuff | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tina McGuff

They say all suicides are preventable by speaking out - reaching out. Having the confidence to open up about what you're going through is clearly the hardest thing for so many people to do as they fear the reactions of the loved ones towards them.

Sliding Door Moment That Changed My Life

Tina McGuff | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tina McGuff

As a 13 years old teenager my family fell apart after a very violent divorce. Our house was repossessed and at times we had no money for food. I would raid the bins for bottles to help feed my younger sisters.

The Different Masks That We Wear

Marcus Brown | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Marcus Brown

Oscar Wilde said, "Be yourself; everyone else is taken." Although it's a great idea to just be ourself, one of our greatest fears is to show our true ...

What Happens When You Support Someone in Difficult Times

Tina McGuff | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tina McGuff

Never underestimate the impact just being there listening to someone can make a huge difference... Sometimes we all need to feel there is someone there to support us in a time of vulnerability without fear of judgement or stigma.

Acting After Illness #8 Limbo

David King | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
David King

Last month I didn't post a blog. Sadly, my father passed away after a short illness. Seeing my Dad attached to a life support machine somewhere be...

Postpartum Psychosis Risk After Childbirth

Tina McGuff | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tina McGuff

I think this is something that new mums fear especially if they have a previous bout of mental illness. I've spoken to many ladies who have felt this way and some who actually went through postpartum psychosis.

Anorexia To Womanhood

Tina McGuff | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tina McGuff

Unbeknown to me at the time my anorexia was trying to regress me back to a time where I was carefree and cared for - not having to face harsh realities of life like my parents' catastrophic divorce or becoming a young lady.

Imperfectly Recovering From Anorexia

Jordana Hargreaves | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jordana Hargreaves

I'm still not cured, I'm far from where I thought I'd be by now but it's a necessary pit stop for the final place; to live a life where my mood is not controlled by food, exercise and mostly, my dress size.