The Mental Problem

Recently, I have found myself deeply saddened by current news trends. You may notice that there are unfortunately many saddening headlines stretching across the media of late; a topic which I feel would require many other blog posts to explore, but I am writing today to share my sadness around a topic a little closer…

Family Frustrations

I have been finding myself frustrated with my immediate family and (to a lesser extent) the wider world a fair amount recently. By writing this today, I am not trying to pathologize this or make it out to be some extreme problem that I face. Rather, I think we all feel this way from time…

The Art of the Self-Pep Talk

‘So you’re gonna go out there, drink your drink, say “Goodnight, I’ve had a very lovely evening”, go home, jerk off. And that’s all you’re gonna do.’ – Vincent Vega, Pulp Fiction. In countless scenes from film and television, we witness characters giving themselves a good old-fashioned pep talk. Usually this is facing a mirror and…

Taking the Moment for Granted

As I write this, I am currently sat inside the train station in Kandy, Sri Lanka. There is a sweltering heat, hugging my every pore, pulling a gentle sweat from my skin. I am sat on a scorching metal seat, which only seems to worsen the matter. My hands feel clammy, as I squeeze the…

Tips for the Anxious Traveller

In a little over a week, I will be leaving for a quite possibly once in a lifetime trip to Sri Lanka. When I share this information with anyone, from the close family member, to the curious lady at the checkout counter, the response is usually, “Oh how lovely!” or, “Aren’t you lucky?” or, “Oo…

The Verdict: Guilty

I find it somewhat ironic that the German word for guilt is Schuld. Teetering dangerously close to the word ‘should’, this surely cannot be a coincidence. The sad fact of the matter is, millions of people all over the world are ‘shoulding’ all over themselves everyday (my apologies to the other ‘Sex and the City’…

Living and Growing with Anxiety

As a student of psychology, I have been aware of the condition of anxiety for much of my academic career. In my past viewpoint, awareness however offered very little in terms of understanding and empathy for those with this condition. Hungry to understand more about the weird, wonderful and sometimes painful things the mind can…

Achieving Enough?

I have been on something of a personal journey of late. I would imagine this is something that individuals who are older and have more life experience than my young self go through, but mental health difficulties have forced this upon me at a young age, which I am learning to approach as a life…

Why Worry?

For many of us, the future is a phenomenon that has the power to incite both angst and excitement. More often than not, of late, this unknown void fills me with feelings of uncertainty, fear and certainly worry. This fear of the future may span from the boringly commonplace to the more significantly existential. For…