Sticky post

Can Pornography Be Useful?

Pornography is undeniably a sensitive and controversial topic, because despite how many people consume it, can be undeniably harmful, especially for younger people. Many of the porn videos include extreme content that is abusive and disrespectful. However, pornography can also have a positive role in adults’ lives, a topic that shouldn’t surprise, considering that everything has both positive and negative sides.  Continue reading Can Pornography Be Useful?

Sticky post

Too Much or Not Enough? Navigating the Spectrum of Sexual Empowerment

at some point. Post night out, post first date, post random encounter at a festival, it feels like a natural follow up question. On the one hand, we’re very lucky that sex is such an open conversation nowadays. It isn’t shameful, it isn’t scandalous, and it doesn’t have to revolve around a relationship.  But I think there is also still a very formulaic approach to it. You either sleep with people or you don’t. In reality, I don’t think any one person has the exact same opinion on sex as the next, and so, the conversations around need it to be broadened. For something so deeply personal, is there really such a thing as too much or not enough? Continue reading Too Much or Not Enough? Navigating the Spectrum of Sexual Empowerment

The Therapeutic Benefits of Gratitude Journaling

The practice of ‘gratitude journaling’, is essentially the act of actively noting down aspects of our lives which we are grateful for. Passing moments, people, or things which usually pass unnoticed, are given recognition, space on a page, that serves as a reminder of all the wonderful things we have day to day. Personally, I introduced the habit of gratitude journaling into my life just over a year ago, and I have found that forcing myself to actively take notice of all the amazing things about life has ultimately led to a shift in my mindset. I complain less, I thank more. I appreciate even the smallest of blessings which I’ve taken for granted for so long. My worries and stresses seem less significant in comparison to all the stuff which I am so fortunate to have. As gratitude journaling grows in popularity, I hope that everyone gives the act of choosing gratitude a chance, in whatever way that resonates with you. Continue reading The Therapeutic Benefits of Gratitude Journaling

Shame and the Body: Reducing Anxiety about the Body that Sustains You

Society’s toxic body politic has transformed the human form into a site for unscrupulous judgement during the 21st century – worsened by the over-saturation of toned ‘influencer’ bodies on our social media feeds. Sadly, it’s becoming all too common for young people to feel uncomfortable in their own skin. As Psychology Today states; “there is a societal body-shaming that is so ingrained that it can feel like the truth”. Indeed, being self-critical has become almost ‘second-nature’ for a lot of people – myself included. Yet, this shouldn’t be something that is normalised. Continue reading Shame and the Body: Reducing Anxiety about the Body that Sustains You

Art Therapy: An Under-Valued Method of Increasing Mental Wellbeing

The complexity and subjectivity of emotion makes it a difficult topic when it comes to communication. Within the realms of mental wellbeing, it is therefore critical that people have methods of emotional exploration and a way of conveying how they feel to others, to increase empathy and understanding. Artistic representations of thought and feeling can be used to express emotionality when words fail. Continue reading Art Therapy: An Under-Valued Method of Increasing Mental Wellbeing

Something About this Lockdown Feels Harder

Something about this lockdown feels harder. Perhaps it’s the darkness that starts to creep in before dinnertime. Maybe it’s the weather: mostly grey, always cold, sometimes pouring. Or potentially it’s the sheer relentlessness of it all. Whatever it is, the majority of my days are characterised by a strange sense of time moving at the speed of treacle off a spoon. Continue reading Something About this Lockdown Feels Harder

My Culture Comforts: Couch to 5K

As a baby, your parents wait with anticipation for your first steps and from that moment, you’re off. Children are encouraged to run around as much as possible when they’re little. In primary school, we had three breaktimes a day which were spent darting around the playground. If you asked a five-year-old whether they ever felt embarrassed whilst running, you would most likely be dismissed. However, if you asked a twelve-year-old girl, I am sure it would be a different story. Continue reading My Culture Comforts: Couch to 5K

Toxic Productivity and Why You’re Probably Experiencing It

Productivity seems to be society’s obsession. Whilst a strong work ethic is a desirable quality, a fixation with it can lead to a mindset that is dangerous and harmful to our wellbeing. Perhaps we are left with a feeling of guilt no matter how much work we get done, or perhaps we become so overwhelmed with these thoughts that we are unable to work at all. Productivity is a spectrum, and ‘toxic productivity’ actually lies at both ends; mental health nurse Emma Selby defines the term as ‘an obsession with radical self-improvement over all else’, a goal which is ultimately unachievable. Continue reading Toxic Productivity and Why You’re Probably Experiencing It

If You’re Feeling the Pressure this Christmas, It’s Okay

Growing up, I used to spend every month of the year counting down to December. My most beloved month, full of Father Christmas, family and food. However, the older I get, the more I realise that in many ways Christmas isn’t always the happiest time of year, and dismantling the pressure to be happy is crucial, this year more than most. Continue reading If You’re Feeling the Pressure this Christmas, It’s Okay