Friday, 11 May 2018

★Mental Health Awareness Week★

'Don't be ashamed of your story, it will inspire others'

This week is Mental Health Awareness week. A subject which people tend to shy away from, brush under the carpet or never really acknowledge. Surely, with 1 in 4 people a year suffering from a mental health issue, it is time that banished the taboo, and made talking about mental health just as British as talking about the weather.

Whether we like to admit it or not, each and every one of us will suffer poor mental health at some point in our lives. Of course, issues may not manifest itself so much in some individuals as it may in others, but we can all be a victim of poor mental health, even if it is just for a day or two.

Now, I am by no means a psychologist or a medical professional, but I am pretty sure the sharp rise of university students disclosing they have a mental health issue is partially down to the lack of communication in society, and ultimately, the overwhelming feeling that no-one will believe you, or just tell you to 'snap out of it'.

None of us are invincible, despite many of us firmly believing that having a mental health issue is 'something that happened to others'. Although, I have to admit, that perhaps for a time, I believed just that. However, since starting college, and definitely since starting my university journey almost a year ago, my opinion of who can suffer from a mental illness has changed 1000%.

I have anxiety. There, I actually said it, and when I publish this post, I am going to be putting it out there for the world to see. Okay, I'm pretty sure its low level, but sometimes, just sometimes, it can become so intense that I have no clue what to do next. Whether that may be worrying about the future, about something I cannot control or worrying simply just because somebody spoke to me in a slightly different tone to what they usually do. You name it, I am pretty sure I have worried about it in the last couple of years. And there is no doubt that heading to college, and subsequently university, didn't necessarily make it worse, but it definitely changed the nature.

I spent, and to a certain extent, still do, spend far too much time worrying about pleasing people. I became fixated on making sure that my grades didn't please me, but they pleased everyone else. I worked so hard to please anyone who knew me, whether that be my parents or my teachers, as long as they were pleased, I could carry on with my life.
However, I very quickly came to realise that it is virtually impossible to please everyone you come across. Everyone will expect something different, you will expect something different of yourself, and you just cant achieve everyone's expectations of you.

So I have gradually come to realise this- focus on pleasing yourself, and as long as you are pleased, you can continue to muddle your way through each day. Don't become fixated on pleasing everyone else around you - you honestly cant - and if you happen to please more than just yourself, then that's a bonus in my books!

Apologies for the long post - but whatever you do, if you feel like there is no true way out of the situation you are in, please talk to someone. A parent, sibling, friend or even a teacher. I'll leave you with this quote - 'Just Keep Going, No Feeling Is Final'. (Rainer Maria Rilke)


Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Revision is now my life

'The Secret To Getting Ahead Is Getting Started'

Yeah, okay, whoever came up with that quote had obviously never had a whole semesters content to learn in two weeks. Or a whole two years worth of work to revise for 3 exams. Whatever you may be revising for, I feel your pain.

I swear I am seeing revision cards, mindmaps and textbooks in my sleep. I am going to have highlighters coming out of my ears and sticky notes will be my next fashion statement because seriously- just how much effort is revision?

Every teacher I have ever met says that 'if you start early, you will find it a lot easier nearer the exam'. Good one. I'm pretty sure I could start my revision for my degree the minute I left the comfort of the womb and I would still be stressing - so to all the teachers out there, you're going to need to think of a new statement.

Even when I eventually do find the motivation to start revising, I swear my concentration lasts less than a child being told to stay still. It's just not happening. There's always something more interesting happening around me. Whether that be my two cats entering my room or cakes being made, anything and everything seems better than the dull task of revision.

Although, having said all of that, I am incredibly aware that I cannot just rock up to my exams having done no revision - that just wont happen either. So if I want to advance into year two of my degree without having to resit (and I couldn't think of anything worse), I better carry on with this new life that has been taken over by revision. Haven't we just been hotter than Ibiza last weekend? I wouldn't know, I'm stuck up in my room revising (partially because I cannot be bothered to carry everything outside to revise).

How do you guys keep your concentration when revising? I'd love to hear from you! And who knows- maybe we can all help each other smash these exams!

Keep revising! (Better listen to my own advice here!)


Monday, 7 May 2018

Hello World! ★

Hi there!

Wow - my very first blog post! Okay, I've got to admit, I don't actually have much of an idea as to what I'm doing if I'm honest, but I'm so excited!

Lets get to know each other, and I'll start off by telling you whilst I've decided to enter this strange world of blogging....

I've been thinking about starting a blog for the last few months, but have always put the idea off due to lack of confidence or 'not enough time'. Although, with the end of my first year of university rapidly approaching (more on that in upcoming posts), I've decided to finally take the plunge and put my love of writing to reasonably good use.

I'm a quiet and timid girl, who doesn't really speak much, and found that a way to express what I am feeling is through writing. And I am sure this is the case for many of you out there! 🙂

So that's a little about me, and I am sure you will gradually find out more as the posts progress! I can't wait to find out about each and every one of you!

I want this blog to be as interactive and user friendly as possible (bare with me as I navigate around this site!) so please don't be afraid to message me!

And remember - don't ever be afraid to be you!



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