Toxic Positivity


Heard about what we know as positivity? You know, good vibes only and all that lark. Hang on, isn’t that toxic positivity? Could well be. It can include quotes, books and tips and of course it is not going to be good for anyone’s mental health…

Mental Health Romanisation: Birthed by Social Media or a Shadow Waiting to Emerge?


In the last few years, it has seemed like the internet has given birth to a culture of mental health romanization. Now whether you have seen this on tumblr, Instagram or now TikTok, it does seem rather strange. Because in recent years there has been so much success by those speaking out to reduce the stigma associated with mental health. While it is fair to judge that many of these people, would have had close experiences with mental health themselves. Yet there has been a significant, maybe unconscious, movement in the other direction, generally by those also likely to have experienced it. ‘But does this not at least mean that it will get more people talking? Not to mention “Increased awareness!” ‘ Maybe, but it is going to be completely counterintuitive when it is the wrong kind! But there is bound to be a reason for it…

Are the Teenage Years really the Best Years of your life?


“You are the Dancing Queen, feel the beat of the tambourine, Dancing Queen, young and sweet- Only Seventeen Oh ohhh”
Strutting down the streets on a Friday and Saturday night, with your group of thirty friends, to arrive at either at one of your local nightclubs (probably with a fake ID) or in more recent cases at a pub. Only to get smashed off your faces, to meet new amazing people and of course to have a wonderful time. Then once the weekend is over, you are back at college again, hanging about in the common room. You suddenly realise there is yet another test which you haven’t revised for, however you manage to somehow effortlessly pick up your pen and produce yet another essay worthy of an A. You head to netball practice later on in the evening, where of course you compete on a regional basis in the team you also spend your weekend nights out with! Then at the end of the day when you finally get a bit of time to yourself, you automatically open your Instagram account, which has at least 3000 followers, to check up on everybody else…

Why you Probably have been Failed by the Mental Health System


Why is it that if something feels wrong on the outside, then people pay so much attention, they become so concerned and they are so quick to find anyone who could potentially be a help, to help us to heal. However if something hurts on the inside then the response is rather much the opposite,Continue reading “Why you Probably have been Failed by the Mental Health System”

Why do People hate Vegans?


So what is it about vegans that people hate so much? Well it could be that many vegans seem to be “outspoken” stubborn and possibly rather emotional. No one likes people who have got too much to say, especially if it is stuff that themselves and many others aren’t going to agree on. Thus their ability to eliminate so many foods out of their diet, for emotional reasons, and to then throw it all back in people’s faces isn’t going to make them very popular. Though I am sure that most are very good at exaggerating the words of vegans! But whether these characteristics are actually staged or not, some of the reasons as to why people go vegan such as the extent of the barbaric practices which take place within the meat industry seem to present a significant emotional challenge to non vegans

What’s wrong with BMIs?


There is a pretty pronounced problem in with obesity within the UK, but surely it is an exaggeration to say that almost two thirds of adults in the UK are either overweight or obese. Well according to BMI standards this is the case. But most people realise that there are going to be people who have a higher amount of bone or muscle mass compared to others of their size, and we know that BMI doesn’t account for this. Yet did you also know that mortality rates are much lower in both genders with a higher BMI?

Can our Stationery Fiasco be explained?


whenever I walk past somewhere like paperchase, I cannot resist taking a wander in and looking at all of the various pens, notepads and rubbers (as well as the Boris Johnson dog toys) just to see what they have on offer. But how healthy is our new found love of stationery?

Free Speech vs Cancel Culture: Why not Listen?


Cancel Culture has dominated a lot off the media lately. Yet in spite off a lot off the crap which has been cancelled, there are many people who still advocate for freedom off speech. And while I would say that freedom of speech shouldn’t equate to freedom to saying something which could hurt someone, people do need to be educated.

Your Best Life is NOT the Most Productive


Is your Saturday morning routine pretty productive, involving you ticking off a list of tasks from your “to do list”? Or do you like to have a lie in, and have a relaxing weekend, where you unwind from that seemingly long week that had just gone by, even if it has not been that busy?Continue reading “Your Best Life is NOT the Most Productive”