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26 January 2019

I AM 1 IN 4 - A LETTER TO MY YOUNGER SELF BATTLING WITH POOR MENTAL HEALTH



January 2018
Age 21

Hello Kathleen,

I want to start off by saying I am sorry. I am sorry that I have treated you so unfairly these last several years. I am sorry that when you were in desperate need of help - body shaking, head screaming and heart bleeding - I ignored you and saw your struggles and pain as trivial and being weak and needy. I’m sorry that I have embraced self-hate and forgot how to like you, never mind love you. I’m sorry for forcing you to not cry in front of others and bottle it up because I taught you it was a sign of weakness. I’m sorry for forcing you to say yes to the things you wanted to do least. I’m sorry for allowing myself to give all spare time, effort and energy to helping others and for then not giving you the same. I’m sorry for putting you last in line.

12 December 2018

HAIR BY JFK *


Recently Hair by JFK got in touch and asked if I’d like a free cut & blow dry or hair up in return for my honest review on their service. Of course I would have jumped to the offer, but replied with my apologies as I had my appointment at my usual hairdressers coming up in just a few days. Instead, they kindly booked my mum in to receive the haircut which was perfect as her hairdresser recently moved, and by moved I don't mean salons but out the country, so she was on the search for a reputable salon and more particularly someone who could cut curly hair.

16 October 2018

17 TRIGGERS IN ONE HOUR || [ASMR] VIDEO




Yeah, on the surface ASMR videos are totally weird. Whispering, caressing pages of a book, sweeping makeup brushes against a microphone, slow hand movements as if they were stroking your face; all that plus more. If you don't understand what ASMR is or the feeling it brings, these kind of videos will just seem very awkward and creepy. If that happens to be the case I highly recommend that you read my latest post on the topic, ASMR & Brain Orgasms : Why people love it, first then come back here with an open mind.

It’s completely okay if you don't enjoy ASMR triggering videos, it's expected as it’s only a small minority who have ASMR. For those who don't get it or are just coming across it now, don't be quick to judge. The videos may seem weird, strange and unusual to you, but that might just be the thing that helped someone else overcome a serious panic attack or helped them to get five hours of sleep when they would usually struggle getting two.

10 October 2018

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY 2018


It's World Mental Health Day. The day where we focus on what's going on in our heads and try to raise as much awareness of illnesses such as anxiety, depression, and bipolar - much like what we should be doing every day anyways.

According to the Office for National Statistics, people living in Scotland are happier than those living in other parts of the UK. Apparently we are "the most satisfied". Nonetheless, that does not mean that we can't feel low or struggle with mental health. In fact, mental illness is one of the major health challenges in Scotland.

21 September 2018

ASMR & BRAIN ORGASMS : WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT



Alerts, notifications, pings - the sounds that send an anxious shiver through our body. But what if there was a way using technology, in which we could find it relaxing, and even comforting? 

I’m not a big fan of physical contact. I don't like when someone sits next to me on the bus, making me feel suffocated and closed in against the window; I don't like how close the dentist has to get to my face when he’s pulling at the corners of my mouth to get a better look at my teeth; I can’t stand it when someone is sitting next to me on the sofa and their shoulder or arm is against mine; I even feel a frisson when someone touches something belonging to me. With that said, I do like a good hug now and then, usually at the end of the night after spending some time with friends or with a family member. Other than that, it all seems a bit ‘up close and personal’ for me to be comfortable with. Yet recently, I discover a new form of intimacy that I’m kind of here for.
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