Being nervous or fearful is a normal human emotion for all of us at certain times. No one - whether 18 or 80 - can honestly
Freelance writer and former TV journalist. Mental health advocate, vegan and travel addict. Passionate about health, wellbeing, sustainability and animal rights. Has worked on mainstream broadcast content for Sky News, Community Channel, BBC Radio London, and ITN Productions.
Yet humans have used natural sources to prevent and cure mental disorders for centuries - and it's not tales from folklore that back it up - its solid gold science! Take a look at how including these vitamins can have a positive impact on your mental health.
13/11/2017 11:04 GMT
The amount of times I've heard people say to me; "do it why you're young", as if the only time that we should open ourselves up to new possibilities is when we're still young enough to enjoy them, before age, and responsibility bears down on us, and we can no longer afford to take a break from our lives.
06/10/2017 10:56 BST
Your self-esteem is a delicate creature. It can be damaged by many things - a break up of a relationship, a change in life or work circumstances - any dent in your sense of identity can leave you feeling less yourself and cause you to suffer a loss of self confidence.
06/07/2017 13:12 BST
It is easy in our fast paced lives to get caught up in a disposable culture, where we choose ease over sustainability. There are many reasons that this is short sighted - not only is it detrimental to the environment, but also our own wellbeing (and bank balance!). These small everyday 'life hacks' can make a big difference to our lives, and the planet as a whole.
15/06/2017 12:03 BST
Set yourself limitations on your connectivity throughout the day. Yes you CAN reply to emails wherever you are, but that doesn't mean that you SHOULD. Remember your mental health is the most important thing that you should be considering - you are no good to anyone if you're stressed and frazzled.
31/05/2017 15:06 BST
Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D) is one of the lesser-understood mental health conditions. Because it is, in itself, a type of depression, it is easy to think it has been bought on by other circumstances in your life. It is only when you begin to recognise the recurring annual pattern, that you realise the trigger.
28/05/2017 20:21 BST
I've lost count of the number of times I've talked myself out of things because I didn't think I was confident enough. Holding back from saying what I wanted to say because more confident people were speaking up.
03/04/2017 13:03 BST
The potential of stem cell research is only just beginning to be understood, but the possibilities have the power to drastically change the world that we live in. The pace at which research is moving could mean a complete revolutionary shift in the way that major chronic illnesses are treated, and prevented, within the coming decades. It could mean an end to many of our most common diseases, and even an end to mass production of meat!
24/10/2016 13:16 BST
Isolation can be a cause of addiction. It's also a common symptom. It might be a chicken or the egg argument, but addicted individuals tend to isolate themselves in order to hide their addiction. On the other hand, isolation can also be the trigger that leads people down the road of substance abuse.
21/10/2016 13:57 BST
We know the drill -eat the right things, exercise, get enough sleep, EVERYTHING IN MODERATION. And whilst all of these things will hopefully help us to live longer, it seems to me that with all these self imposed rules and regulations, we forget to give ourselves time to do what we find enjoyable.
01/09/2016 13:27 BST
We all know the feeling - you go into work in the morning, coffee in hand, you're motivated, focused, and ready to take on the world! But by 11am you're flagging. You look at the ever multiplying to-do list in front of you and hang your head in despair.
31/08/2016 10:03 BST
Completely out of the blue I was feeling very low and the only change in my life was this little pill. So of course recognising the difference it made, I immediately stopped taking it. But not everyone has the awareness to realise that it could be the pill having this effect on them, particularly when they haven't been warned that it can have this side effect.
24/08/2016 16:25 BST
We've all felt it. That empty feeling in your stomach. A loss of connection with other humans. The thought of hours or days ahead of you with no company but yourself. You may even have felt it when you're surrounded by people.
03/08/2016 12:14 BST
Whether you're taking a stroll in a local park, or setting off on your own personal mountain odyssey, walking gives you both physical and mental distance from whatever issues may be bothering you.
29/07/2016 11:16 BST
The relative newness of this type of 'gateway' into gambling means that it is difficult to prove any link at this stage. With more games and apps being produced by the minute,it is clear that awareness from the gambling industry will be key to regulation, and therefore protection of young people in the future.
28/07/2016 11:33 BST
Data leaks, trolling, cyber bullying, dark webs and hacking scandals have been just a few of the big stories to hit the press over the past decade, but there is also an equally worrying issue affecting an increasingly number of internet users, particularly in the younger generations; addiction. And it comes in many different forms
08/07/2016 15:12 BST
In short the potential impact of all of these factors doesn't just change our status as a nation, but threatens to disrupt important aspects of our everyday lives. The element of anxiety that lies in the unknown will only be exacerbated by the press in the months to come, and whether or not our anxieties will come to pass, it doesn't make the feeling any less valid. So please, stop telling us to 'Get over it!'.
07/07/2016 13:37 BST
Reaching breaking point in your current role doesn't necessarily mean you have to break away from your career completely, a side step might be just the thing you need to refresh your interest in your profession whilst freeing up more time to the other things that you enjoy. Life is about balance, stretching yourself to within an inch of your sanity is not going to do the best for you...
29/06/2016 17:12 BST
Most of us have been affected by stress at some point in our lives. Whether caused by our jobs, our relationships, or just the daily toll of our busy lives, stress is not something that should ever be ignored.
14/06/2016 11:46 BST
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