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Friday, 24 March 2017

Why I Became an Organ Donor

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I haven't had any personal experience of family members needing organ transplants and not being able to find a donor. Nor have I ever needed an organ transplant and had to wait for a donor myself. So why would I become an organ donor? I chose to become an organ donor because it's the right thing to do. 

If I were in the situation where one of my family members or even I needed an organ transplant, and I couldn't have one because they couldn't find a suitable organ donor, I would be upset and I'm sure so would you. Obviously, I understand that not everyone can be an organ donor, some religions and faiths may not like it, and some people might have their own personal objections against becoming an organ donor, that's completely fine. But what about the rest of the population?

The NHS is incredibly low on organ donors. 249 people are currently waiting for an organ donation (correct Febuary 2017) Most of the population have no objections to becoming an organ donor, they have either just have never thought of it or haven't found the time to sign up. If all these people just took, 2 minutes out of their day to sign up, thousands of life's could be saved every year, as there would be enough organs. Today I'm going to talk about how you can become an organ donor and answer some frequently asked questions and concerns people have about becoming an organ donor. With the aim of hopefully encouraging at least one person reading this to become an organ donor. 

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Friday, 17 March 2017

Mental Health Favourites

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Do you remember when everyone and their cat used to do favourites videos at the end of every month on YouTube and in the blogging world, myself included?? Ahhh those were the days. I don't really think much of favourites posts, I'm not really a fan, says the girl whose writing this in a favourites post. lol. 

Okay long story short, I'm not the biggest fan of favourites posts ever and have no reason to do them now as I'm not a beauty or fashion blogger. However, I wanted to do something a bit lighter today, not as heavy and intense. Which is often one of the downsides to blogging about mental health. I still wanted this post to be about mental health, so boom you guessed it, I thought I would do a mental health favourites.

So here are a few of the things I love right now which are having a positive impact on my mental health. 

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Monday, 13 March 2017

Why Mental Illnesses Should Be regarded As Physical Illnesses

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In the blogging community when talking about the stigma that surrounds mental health, we often compare mental illness to physical illness. Saying something along the lines of you wouldn't make fun of someone with a physical illness like cancer or Down syndrome so why do so many people make so many flippant remarks about people with mental illnesses? 

This is a very accurate and a valid point, but actually, to some extent, mental illnesses can be regarded as physical illnesses. I appreciate this may not make a lot of sense but let me explain. 

Yes okay, they are called mental illnesses because they occur in the brain. Although they may be triggered by environmental factors as well primarily the reason why they happen is that of chemical imbalances and hormone changes within the brain. However, unless I'm really thick Isn't the brain a physical part of the body? 

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Friday, 10 March 2017

How To Travel With Anxiety

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I'm not the biggest traveller in the world, that's a given. However, recently if you've been following me on Twitter you would have seen I did something really out of my comfort zone. I went for a weekend away in London. I stayed in central London, I went on the underground for the first time and visited some very busy places ( obviously it's London) but guess what I didn't have a panic attack. 

I can't lie there were times where I got a bit anxious, like when all the tube stations were shut on Sunday, and we were running around like crazy chickens to find one that was open, to get us back to the hotel. But I think anyone in that situation would be pretty panicky. I mean if you don't know London very well, It can seem like an entirely different planet. And that's the same for any new place or country.

For a lot of people, they find travelling fun and exciting. However, for people with anxiety, it's an entirely different story. When I go to new places I find it particularly stressful especially if there are large crowds because of my OCD, I kind of get freaked out a bit. On the contrary, I love finding new places that I fall in love with. I want to travel the world. I don't want to let OCD trap me in my bedroom forever. I want to explore the world. 

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

New Beginnings

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Welcome to a beautiful chaos. OMG, I'm so excited. I've wanted to change my blog name and brand for the longest time now. Although I feel sad to say goodbye to thrifty vintage fashion, it's for the best. I kind of feel like I'm saying goodbye to a child of mine * cue slipping through my fingers song by Abba* LOL

I will try my hardest to not get too emotional. Jokes. I've been blogging about mental health and my struggle with mental illness since spring 2016. When I started talking openly about my mental health, I was nervous at first. I was worried people would think I was attention seeking. Using mental illness as a way of boosting my engagement. This wasn't the case at all. In fact, the response was overwhelmingly positive and supportive.

People were unbelievably kind. Telling me how brave and inspiring I was to talk about my own battles and struggles. But this wasn't my primary intention. I wanted to support others also battling with their demons. I wanted to let people know that they are not alone. That suffering from a mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. This aim was achieved. So many people have contacted me telling me how much I have helped them which honestly means the world to me. More than any number or statistic could ever do.

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