Tuesday, 3 July 2018

My Favourite Thriller Books

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If you know me, you will know one of my favourite genres to read are thrillers. Whether that be mystery thrillers, crime thrillers or psychological thrillers. I love any book that keeps me on the edge of my seat and kept guessing till the very end. 

For today's blog post, I thought I would round up some of my favourite thrillers. Although these are my favourites at the moment, I have an unprecedented amount of other thrillers on my TBR, like an unthinkable amount so this list may be changing very soon. 

I've included a bit of everything on this list from crime to psychological thrillers, some more well-known books and some that aren't even out yet. If you like thrillers, just as much as me or are hoping to branch into the genre soon, I hope you find something on this list that takes your fancy. 

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Sunday, 1 July 2018

My Favourite Psychology Experiments

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If you know me, you will know that I love psychology. I did psychology A level which I have to admit wasn't always that interesting. There is something about being forced to learn facts and figures off by heart which makes a subject, less appealing. However, I often did my own research beyond the specification which kept my interest in psychology going. 

I love psychology as a whole, but there are definitely areas in which I have more interest in than others. My favourite has to be forensic or criminal psychology, which is no surprise given that is what I am doing my degree in, in the Autumn. I also love Neuro or biological psychology, which I'll be the first to admit can go beyond me, at times. 

There are so many different fields within psychology, from clinical to child and sport to cognitive with so many more in between. I'm actually going to be doing an A-Z of psychology blog post soon, where I talk about lots of fields and key concepts in psychology but for today's post, I thought I would talk about some of my favourite psychological experiments, from a wide range of fields.

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Friday, 29 June 2018

Feel Good Favourites For Bad Mental Health Days

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Most people will struggle with their mental health, at some point in their life. If you are fortunate enough not to, you will experience a bad day, a bad week etc. it is just a fact of life. It's annoying and frustrating, don't get me wrong but wouldn't everyone be really boring if they never had to overcome adversity? I never wanted mental health problems but they have shaped me into the person I am today and that, in my eyes is a good thing.

We all know what it is like to have a bad day. Most of the time these days are often caused by factors outside of our control. We can't control what happens to us but we can control how we react (to some degree) I didn't choose to react to bad situations by obsessively washing my hands until they bleed but with treatment and therapy I was able to realise that I didn't have to react in this way anymore. Through a lot of hard work, I slowly reworked my thought processes, so that I came to understand that I can't control everything, but I now can control how I react.

So, you may be thinking what has this got to do with feel-good favourites? Well, when I have a bad day I used to wallow in it. I would watch sad videos or listen to sad songs because that's how my depression really manifested itself. But I realised that actually if I was starting to feel low or sad, I could actively do something to stop the low mood getting out of control. This is where my feel-good favourites come in...

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Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Being Inspired By Inspirational Books

Being Inspired By Inspirational Books

I have read a fair few mental health books in my time. I can kind of divide them into three categories; those who are very triggering and too raw, those who are very optimistic and cliche and those who are the best of both worlds; inspiring but also tell the truth about what it is really like to live with a mental illness. 

Thankfully, the two books sent to me, by Trigger Press* for this post, fall into the last category. Both books mentioned in this post; Must try harder by Paula Mcguire and Stand tall little girl by Hope Virgo are inspirational but for different reasons. Both books are actually part of 'The inspirational series' about overcoming adversity and thriving. For me, although the books talk about different topics are both very emotional and important books everyone should read. 

For this blog post, I thought I would round up my thoughts on these two incredible books and their inspiring authors and tell you how I have been inspired to overcome adversity and do something outside my comfort zone and take on new challenges. 

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Monday, 25 June 2018

30 Things I Have Learnt In My Three Years Of College

30 Things I Have Learnt In My Three Years Of College

Hello! Welcome back, it has been a while, hasn't it? It kind of feels weird to say that I am officially done with college. No more A-levels, no more idiotic teachers or an uncaring college. I never have to go back to that place ever again, which feels bliss to say. 

If you have followed my blog or social media throughout the past three years, you will know that my time at college wasn't fun. A bit of an understatement there. It was hell on earth, particularly in the first two years. There was many a time in those long and painful years where I didn't think I would actually get through to the other side. At many points, I was happy to walk out without any qualifications.

However, I pushed through and got to the end. I don't know what those grades will be until August. But, in a way, I ain't too bothered because well I know what horrible things I went through and I can be really proud of myself for sticking through and getting to the end. If I get good grades, then that is just the cherry on the top of the cake. For my first official blog post back, I thought I would go back to a good old list style post and highlight just some of the many things, I learnt while at college. 
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