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5 Positives of Anxiety

I put up a pole this week asking which blog post I should write next (which I found really fun btw). The two options were: 5 ways to manage anxiety or 5 positives to having anxiety and as you can see by the title of this post - positivity wins!
Before I get stuck in I wanted to announce that as I have hit my July target within a week I have decided that going forward I'm going to start uploading 2 blogs a week. One on a Wednesday and one on a Sunday. I’m so excited for this whole journey and being able to share my mind/thoughts with you all. I hope you'll come along this journey with me <3
So back to this post! This feels a little bit morbid because Anxiety is so not positive but roll with me, sometimes you've got to find a positive or it will consume you.  Little background info for you - I’ve had anxiety since I was a child. It’s been debilitating at times, prevented me from going for opportunities and really affected my studies (presentations are too much). I have w…

The Lonely World of Feminism

You may be thinking to yourself, what on earth does feminism/equality have to do with mental health? Well, that would be a fair question to ask. The truth is, it affects my mental health. My experiences with people’s attitudes towards me feels unjust, unreasonable and unfair. Similar feelings towards some people’s attitudes towards my anxiety issues as well. Unfair.
I want to just highlight some issues that we all face in relation to equality - specifically in regard to how it affects mental health.  Dr.Mindy J. Erchull, professor of psychological science at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia “Mental health is a feminist issue because women’s experiences have often been, and continue to be, pathologized. Women are more likely to be referred to as ‘crazy’ for example — both in daily conversation and in the media.” Joel Wong, who led the research team at Indiana University Bloomington, said: “In general, individuals who conformed strongly to masculine norms tended to have poo…

Ahhhhh, Self-Care

Are you familiar with self-care? Is this an alien topic to you? Or are you well invested in it? I first heard about it during my training where we were being taught the importance for Therapists to take time to re-cooperate their minds. Self-Care is something that we can do, on purpose, in order to take care of our emotional, physical and mental health. For some people that may be activities such as going for a walk, reading a book, meditating or dancing about their living room (a personal fav of mine).
As a trainee Counsellor my self-care routine is essential for not only my own mental health but also my relationships, my effectiveness as a Counsellor, my normal day job and so on. Basically poor self-care infiltrates into all aspects of my life so it’s fairly high on my priority list. If I’ve taken a couple of weeks off I’m noticeably grumpier, snappy, tired and usually it makes my anxiety worse.
My self-care routine usually revolves around anything beauty related. That may be new…

The Good and The Human

Welcome

I think it would  be best to start off with a big warm welcome, I'm glad you've stumbled across/found this blog post and find it useful for you or someone you love in some way or another.

I'd like to kick things off with explaining the reasoning behing the name of this blog and my personal philosophy surrounding it. 
The Good and The Human is a modification on the well known saying "the good and the bad." At the moment  I am a trainee Counsellor and in just a few more practical hours, I will be a qualified Counsellor. During a group supervision/reflection session, I heard another counsellor use the phrase "the good and the bad" in the context of suggesting that the client needed to accept the good and bad parts of themselves. I remember feeling agitated by this and thinking 'well no, the client needs to accept/embrace the good and come to peace with the experiences they have had in their life that have created these complications for them now.…