It’s okay if all you did today was breathe

The most frustrating thing with recovery, is that it isn’t linear. Like, not even a little bit. There will some days, maybe weeks, maybe even months, when you feel on top of the world. You feel like a majestic unicorn who has overcome such struggle and is bounding forward on an enlightened journey of health…

Awareness is important, but action is essential

Today marks the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week and I can’t help thinking, what’s the point in raising awareness when the state of our mental health system is in disarray? Are we setting people up for disappointment, encouraging them to open up about their struggles yet being unable to offer treatment or therapy? We…

Recovery and rediscovery 

I try to think about the things that make me, me. I try to think about the things I love and the things that bring me joy, the things which make me feel passionate and proactive and powerful. But this is hard, because so much of me has been sucked dry by anorexia. That’s the…

Just breathe: living with anxiety 

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” Anxiety can feel like walking a tightrope across the highest, widest crevice in the world. One wrong move, one toe out of line, and you will fall to your fate. Every decision is weighted and weaved with fear. Arms stretched wide;…

Letting Go, by Emma Woolf

Letting Go is the kind of book which makes you feel like you aren’t alone. It’s the kind of book that could quite easily become your mantra, your guide to life, your bible: it’s already become mine. It’s the kind of book that will set you up for a journey of self-healing that might just…

An empty lantern provides no light 

I struggle to believe that anyone is truly cold-hearted. Perhaps a measly few, but I reckon the vast majority of us are full of empathy and compassion at our core. When I think of all the needy, desperate people in the world, my heart aches. The toddlers orphaned by AIDs; the single mothers working 15…

Your weight does not dictate your worth

With a pinch of perspective, weight gain really isn’t the worst thing in the world. I know it’s portrayed as so; I know it’s said to be a greater risk to society than terrorism. But when compared to this terrorism, when compared to the atrocities that occur around the world, the diseases that wipe out…