I can’t say for sure why I suffer from social anxiety, but I think it has a lot to do with my very sheltered upbringing. My parents were extremely loving and supportive, and I never wanted for anything. But we led a very safe life. We lived right out in the countryside, and I went … Read More
Many of us live our lives paralysed by fear. We have dreams – travelling, writing a book, starting a business and so on – which remain unfulfilled because we are afraid. We worry that we’re not good enough, that we will fail or that people will judge us. I think the one thing successful people … Read More
Much has been written about how technology can harm our mental health. But can it also be used to do the opposite? Many of us now use apps which help us to improve our wellbeing – by making it easier to eat healthily, exercise more, meditate and so on. Once such app, designed to help … Read More
We’ve all been told to sit or stand up straight at some point in our lives! It’s something we know we’re supposed to do, though we likely don’t really understand why. Being told to sit up straight usually just elicits annoyance. For most of us, good posture is seen as important for avoiding back and … Read More
We live in a culture that glorifies material gain. We want newer cars, bigger houses and more stuff to fill those houses with. It doesn’t seem to matter how big our homes are – we keep filling them up with stuff. It’s considered perfectly normal to have an entire room in our home rendered virtually … Read More
A few years back, I went to a friend’s dinner party. Knowing that vegan options would be scarce, I’d eaten beforehand. What I hadn’t foreseen was the awkwardness of sitting at a table surrounded by people who were tucking into dinner and dessert, trying not to feel left out. There were several people at the … Read More
After leaving uni, I took a year out to work on personal projects. I was sick of feeling perpetually stressed and having no time for my hobbies. For once, I was going to use my time exactly as I wanted to. My health is very important to me, so I was determined to look after … Read More
Are you often overwhelmed by negative emotions like stress, anger and sadness? I know I am! When we’re caught up in negative emotions, it can be difficult to think clearly. We may end up getting caught in a spiral of negativity which is hard to break out of. So how can we escape from this … Read More
How can we spend less time in front of a screen and more time in the real world?
Mental illness is found in captive animals but not wild ones. Is the same true of humans?