Writing as a self-care activity for better mental health

Whether you have a mental health condition or not, you’ve probably heard the term ‘self-care’ used plenty of times before. While self-care shouldn’t replace medical or psychological treatment, self-care activities can be effective in helping to maintain health and wellbeing. There are lots of different forms of self-care activities, but one of the most time

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Why women’s mental load is a mental health issue

I recently listened to an episode of Yumi Styne’s podcast, Ladies we need to talk… about mental load, and it got me thinking. The concept of mental load takes the gender-normative household division of work to a whole new level. Beyond who does the housework and cares for the children in a heterosexual domestic partnership,

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Ultimate checklist: how to cope with stress and anxiety

When you experience stress and anxiety, these emotions can be so intense and all-absorbing that it’s hard to get past them. Whenever you start to feel the tension build up when you’re under pressure, tick off the items in this checklist to help you remain calm. Here’s my ultimate checklist of ways to cope with

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14 random things that are a big deal when you have social anxiety

When you have social anxiety, little, everyday things that wouldn’t bother a ‘normal’ person, can take on a life of their own and seem like a really big deal. Yes, I know that they may seem inconsequential to you, if you’ve never had to live with chronic anxiety. But that’s the point. These are 14

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How Toastmasters helps people with social anxiety

This week, I graduated from a Speechcraft course. Speechcraft courses are a short, intensive version of a Toastmasters course aimed at helping participants develop their verbal communication skills in a supportive environment. I never thought I would be able to do anything like Toastmasters. For as long as I can remember I’ve had a huge

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