three reasons to stop working so hard

Working hard is an esteemed virtue in our society. Whether it is staying back at work, volunteering long hours for a community group or pulling all nighters studying for University exams, working hard is viewed as an admirable, even selfless act. As someone who used to coordinate volunteer environmental campaigns whilst studying a law degree…

ten ways to improve your body image

How do you feel when you look in the mirror? Gratitude? Acceptance? Contentment? Or disappointment and shame? Poor body image is an issue that many of us struggle with. It doesn’t matter how many articles we read that tell us it’s what’s on the inside that counts, standing in front of a harshly lit changing…

the irony of being a lonely loner

I was a shy kid. I moved schools a lot and I found it progressively harder to make friends, especially in primary school. So books became my friend. At my last primary school I had a special spot to sit where no one could disturb me, behind a raised garden bed in the courtyard. There…

anxiety’s number one killer

Anxiety has been a familiar companion for most of my life. When I was a kid I thought everyone walked around with butterflies in their tummy. I tried to ignore it until seven years ago when I experienced my first panic attack. Then two years after that I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder….