The Anxious Traveller’s Guide to: New York City

Recently I fulfilled a long-held dream of mine: to travel alone. I've been lucky enough to do a lot of travelling in my time but never in the company of just me, myself and I. There are a number of reasons for this. The primary reason is straight up anxiety. I'm not a fearless explorer … Continue reading The Anxious Traveller’s Guide to: New York City

WELLBEING: Never alone, yet lonely

A few weeks ago, I made my usual journey back from work on the underground. We hit Canary Wharf at 5.30, which is peak going-home time for office workers. The train stops, the doors open, and in rushes a flood of suited, high-heeled commuters with steely eyes that look at no one and see nothing … Continue reading WELLBEING: Never alone, yet lonely

RECOVERY: Time to Talk Day Speech

Time to Talk DayΒ is an annual mental health awareness day. Organised by Time to Change, the anti-stigma campaign by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, it aims to get people talking about mental health. This year, Mind arranged for employees to talk about their own experiences of mental ill health. Below you can find the text … Continue reading RECOVERY: Time to Talk Day Speech

WELLBEING: What the hell is #CleanEating?

Content warning: detailed discussion of food/health/diet and eating disorders Click the purple links for external resources πŸ™‚ Cleanliness is close to godliness, the Victorians used to say. It’s compelling logic: if the reward for having a bath was Zeus-worthy glory, I’d be pretty eager to stay squeaky-clean. No surprise that this kind of thinking has … Continue reading WELLBEING: What the hell is #CleanEating?

POLITICS: I was a Corbyn sceptic, but now he’s won my vote

Fact-checking is cool: click the blue links for external resources It was the summer of 2015. Glorious August sunshine smiled upon the graveyard of my local church-turned-arts-centre-turned-politics-hub. We were queuing to see Andy Burnham, parliamentary party favourite for Labour’s new leader, speak about his vision for resurrecting Labour from its humiliating election defeat. I was … Continue reading POLITICS: I was a Corbyn sceptic, but now he’s won my vote

WELLBEING: Self-lovin’ 101

Do you ever have those days when you feel worthless? When you feel repulsed by yourself and everything you do? Don’t worry: you’re not alone. From Winston ChurchillΒ to Abraham Lincoln, even the greats of history have had to face depression. Clinical depression may affect a small portion of the population, but for a lot of … Continue reading WELLBEING: Self-lovin’ 101