Mental illness and University

University is easy. It’s like riding a bike. And the bike is on fire and you’re on fire and everything is on fire because you’re in hell. Let’s face it. University is bloody hard, mental illness or not. Here are just some of the pressures that today’s students may face. – Pressure to succeed academically – Comparison to others – Transition from high school to tertiary level – Relocation – Meeting new people – Finances – Student debt – Exam and assessment stress – Worry… View Post

Living With An Undiagnosed Eating Disorder

    “But you don’t look like you have an eating disorder?”. That’s what I’ve been telling myself for 12 years and I’m sure, if you saw me walking down the street, you would say the same. Just like mental illnesses, eating disorders are very heavily stigmatised and stereotyped in today’s society. Growing up I was taught that purging after meals equalled bulimia and that not eating anything meant anorexia. Food restriction was acceptable so long as it was a ‘diet’ and overeating, although not… View Post

Birthday Depression: Accepting The Birthday Blues

I turned 28 last week, an insignificant milestone which brought along with it a wave of emotion. I have always cherished birthdays. As a young girl, the day was full of gifts, friends and birthday cake. Normally one to shy away from attention, I quite enjoyed a full day that was dedicated to me. I got to pick what food we would eat, what theme my party would be and who I’d get to invite.  I’d be too excited to sleep the night before; my… View Post

Returning To Work After A Mental Breakdown

It’s been four months since I made the hard decision to leave full-time work and focus on my mental health. Over the past month, I have felt somewhat ready to head back into the workforce but it was super important to me (and my mental health!) that I found the right job first. I’ve lived and breathed customer service for the past 13 years – it’s what I’m good at, but it is absolutely soul-destroying. So many times I was told not to let a… View Post

Exercise For Your Mental Health

I have always had a love-hate relationship with exercise. I’ve never been an athletic-type and I never got a thrill from any kind of exercise. Exercise to me was a form of torture. Growing up, I was a keen netballer but only comfortable in my favoured position, goal keeper, as it meant I’d be limited to one-third of the court (less running!). In high-school I’d avoid sports carnivals like the plague and every year at the swimming carnival, I’d conveniently “have my period”. This feeling has… View Post