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Blogtober Day #14 & 15: Anxiety is a Liar

Blogtober Day #14 & 15: Anxiety is a Liar

Is it cheating to combine two days of blogtober into one day? (Yes Lisa. Yes it is.). I spent all of last week contemplating whether or not to spend a weekend at home. On the one hand, I felt really homesick. On the other hand, […]

Blogtober Day #12 & 13: Deferring your Studies

Blogtober Day #12 & 13: Deferring your Studies

So, I managed eleven days of consistent daily blogging but yesterday I finally admitted defeat (it was bound to happen at some point, let’s be honest). Without wishing to dwell too much on the negatives, yesterday was absolutely awful and I was in no fit […]

Blogtober Day #11: Bills, Work Placements and Watery Eyes!

Blogtober Day #11: Bills, Work Placements and Watery Eyes!

I think I underestimated how difficult it would be to write readable content every day for thirty-one consecutive days. (Oh well, it’s too late now!).

I’ve been sitting here for the last twenty minutes drafting and re-drafting today’s post, trying to come up with something interesting to talk about. But the truth is, I’ve got nothing! Some days are just like that I guess: dull, mundane, tedious. Oftentimes, life is simply a case of going through the motions and trying your best to stay afloat. That’s kind of what my last week or two has looked like, anyway. 

Instead of trying to be witty when I am quite frankly not in the mood, I thought I would instead use today to release a few of my current anxieties (in other words, complain about my privileged life): 

Bills

(Ugh, bills). How I long for the days where paying the bills was not my responsibility. Unlike in student accommodation, bills are not included in the cost of my rented second year house. That means it’s up to me and my flatmate to arrange and ensure the bills are paid on time. Put it this way, I truly didn’t appreciate the cost of living until it was my bank account the money was being taken from!

Work Placements

As I mentioned in a previous Blogtober post, I’m required to carry out a work placement this year as part of my undergraduate Psychology degree. I barely feel I have the energy to keep on top of university work and the thousands of other responsibilities that come with living away from home – let alone juggling volunteering on top of it all! To deal with this particular worry, I’m using my go-to method of ‘pretend it isn’t happening and it might go away’. 🙂

Anxiety

It’s a new academic year and that means campus is bustling with life once again (Hell. On. Earth.). Walking around uni, I feel a bit like a rabbit in the headlights – not knowing where to look or which way to turn. Everywhere I go there’s people with their judgemental eyes staring right at me (that’s how it feels, anyway). I feel so self-conscious all of the time (cue the watery eyes).

Does anyone else experience this? As soon as I enter a room full of people and the social anxiety rises, so do the tears in my eyes! My eyes begin to burn and I know it’s happening but I have zero control. It’s a viscous cycle: my eyes water because I’m anxious, I get even more anxious in case people think I’m crying, my eyes water even more from the anxiety that people are noticing my eyes water (aaaaand you get the picture!).

Blogtober Day #10: World Mental Health Day 2017

Blogtober Day #10: World Mental Health Day 2017

Today is World Mental Health Day and I am overjoyed to see so many people talking openly about mental health. It’s refreshing to see my Twitter timeline full of tweets of hope, support and understanding for mental illness – definitely something we don’t see enough […]

Blogtober Day #9: Anxiety in the Workplace

Blogtober Day #9: Anxiety in the Workplace

In case you weren’t aware, I have just started my second year of studying Psychology at University. As part of my course, I have to carry out a work placement over the coming months. An added stressor for most students no doubt! But, for me, […]

Blogtober Day #8: Autumn Walks

Blogtober Day #8: Autumn Walks

One of the many reasons that Autumn is my favourite season is the scenic walks. 

Having been in the house on my own all weekend, I felt I really needed to get myself out. Therefore, despite lacking any motivation, I pushed myself to take an afternoon stroll to a really lovely nearby park. I only recently discovered it, but it’s fast becoming my favourite place to visit!

I often find that a relaxing stroll can really help lift my spirits when I’m feeling low. A walk in the crisp, autumn air gives me a little boost and instantly makes me feel more refreshed. Plus, it’s the perfect excuse to wrap up warm in my coat, scarf and a pair of winter boots (my favourite attire!).

Here’s a few photos I took on my walk. I’m no photographer but these roses were too pretty not to capture!

That’s about all I have to say for today’s post. Sorry that it is rather short, but my weekend has been very uneventful indeed. I have spent the majority of it either: a) in bed, b) studying or c) watching a movie/TV show (sometimes all three at the same time!). It has actually been a welcome break and a chance for some essential self-care!

I hope you’ve had a great weekend.

Thanks for reading,

-Lisa x 

Blogtober Day #7: Homesickness at University

Blogtober Day #7: Homesickness at University

Well, we are officially one week into October. (Hats off to me for actually sticking with this challenge for an entire week!). Today, I’d like to speak about homesickness. Specifically, the homesickness you feel when you are away at university. This is something that I’ve […]

Blogtober Day #6: That Not-So-Friday Feeling

Blogtober Day #6: That Not-So-Friday Feeling

Can you believe we are nearly a week into October already? Only 25 more blogtober posts to go…(shit). Everybody loves that #FridayFeeling, right? After all, you see it trending all over Twitter. Every day is just another day in the countdown to Friday – we […]

Blogtober Day #5: The Value of Self-care

Blogtober Day #5: The Value of Self-care

Catch up on Blogtober Day #4.

Hello and welcome to day 5 of blogtober. I’ll be honest, I’m surprised I’ve managed to keep up with this challenge for five consecutive days (although I shouldn’t speak too soon!). 

Today started off rather nicely. I wasn’t in university until the afternoon and so I had a good few hours to focus on self-care and relaxation. It’s great when you don’t have to rush in the morning and can instead ease yourself into the day by taking things at your own pace. It reminded me of how important self-care is for your overall health. That may seem an obvious statement. Yet, for many of us, self-care doesn’t always feel so simple.

In recent years, looking after myself has presented a massive challenge, for various reasons. My body has had to endure a lot and if I could turn back time and undo the damage, I would. Unfortunately though, that’s not an option. From now on the only thing I can do is ensure I put time and effort into actively caring for myself – which is exactly what I plan to do!

It’s hard, because I’m also constantly battling the inner, self-destructive voice that tells me I’m not worthy of care. This voice is evil, manipulative and twisted and sometimes even makes me believe that I’m happier when I’m damaging my body. However, it’s important I differentiate between that irrational, false voice and the reality. Each and every one of us is deserving of our own care!

As I become older, I am beginning to appreciate more and more how valuable my body is. By this, I don’t mean physical appearance. Rather, all of the incredible things it enables me to do. Our body is what allows us to go out and experience all of the great things that life has to offer – our hobbies, passions, talents and skills.

At the end of the day, we only get given the one body and so it’s crucial we look after it properly.

(On that note, I’m going to bed!). 

What are your favourite ways to practice self-care?

-Lisa x 

Blogtober Day #4: The Fight for Support

Blogtober Day #4: The Fight for Support

Catch up on Blogtober Day 3. Today was supposed to be my first appointment with the eating disorder service up here at University. I say first, but technically that’s not true. Let me explain. One year ago I moved to a new city a few […]


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Blogtober Day #1: What’s the Plan, Stan?

Blogtober Day #1: What’s the Plan, Stan?

IT’S OCTOBER (or should that be Blogtober?!). Undoubtedly, the best month of the year for 2 reasons:

  1. Autumn is in full swing (and that means big cosy jumpers, fluffy socks and hot drinks) – but perhaps more importantly…
  2. IT’S MY BIRTHDAY MONTH. (Yep! This month, I’m going to be turning the ripe ol’ age of twenty…*gulps*).

Now, I know what you’re thinking: ‘but Lisa, you look about twelve and what the f*ck is Blogtober…and who is Stan?!‘.

What is Blogtober?

Basically an excuse for me to be even more annoying, by posting every day this month. That’s right! I have actually committed myself to writing a new blog post EVERY DAY for an entire month, despite the fact that I’ve just started my second year of university. Smart move!

Why are you doing it?

A few reasons:

  1. I’ve been lacking blog inspiration recently, so perhaps Blogtober will help me rediscover my passion for blogging.
  2. Hopefully, it will also give me a goal to work towards each day (and encourage me to leave the house so that I actually have something to write about!).
  3. Why the hell not?!

How are you doing it?

I don’t want this to become too much pressure and so I’m keeping it casual. I’ll lay it out in the format of a ‘daily diary’ – what I’ve been up to, photos from the day and any noteworthy thoughts I’ve had. (In other words, I’m going to write about any of the random shit that has entered my brain over the last twenty four hours!).

I’m really excited to partake in Blogtober and give myself the freedom to write entirely for enjoyment. It’s easy in blogging to get caught up in ‘SEO’, page views and that all important ‘DA’. I think it will be a welcome break to blog for the sole purpose of expressing my thoughts, and sharing with you a small snippet of my life.

 Will you be doing Blogtober this year?

Thanks for reading (and see you tomorrow!)

-Lisa x 

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