During this lockdown, have you seen this tweet copied and pasted onto your timeline from a variety of pseudo-life coaches? https://twitter.com/TheJeremyHaynes/status/1245767684484202496 How has it made you feel? Annoyed? Frustrated? Guilty? Like you're not doing enough? A failure? Me too. At the time I'm writing this the UK is now going into our sixth week of … Continue reading The Anxiety of Being Productive
“Connell wished he knew how other people conducted their private lives, so that he could copy from example.” Like most people, I'm absolutely engrossed and obsessed with Sally Rooney's Normal People. Yes, I saw the TV show first before the book, which I am currently reading. However, I came across this line early in the … Continue reading Emulating Others’ Lives
I recently read Seconds To Snap by Scottish author, Tina McGuff, and it elicited so many strong emotions with every word that I realised this was one of the best books to read to understand the shame, and guilt concerning eating disorders. Seconds To Snap takes you through the dark details of an eating disorder so often missed in popular culture, and is an important lesson in eating disorder awareness.
A quick disclaimer: this is perhaps a more emotional and quick post; a rant, if you will. This post will feature triggering language centred around exercise, calories, 'offsetting' your calories with exercise, and pro-eating disorder information. I wanted to get my feelings and thoughts out there, because this has really angered me. Have you opened … Continue reading Timing Your Calories
It's been over a week since the UK's Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a nationwide lockdown for 3 weeks to combat the coronavirus. The lockdown rules dictate that you cannot leave your house unless it's for medical need, exercise, caring for a vulnerable person, and food shopping (but as infrequently as possible.) In other words, … Continue reading Just Five More Sets: The UK Lockdown and Eating Disorder-Related Exercise
Walking up a flight of beige stairs, my heart beat in triple time with every step, I could feel nausea settling deep into my stomach. I can turn back now and just pretend like I never contacted them, I thought as I stepped closer and closer to the waiting room. I wanted so badly to turn around and go back to the library, hide behind my university work, and push down the anxiety and depression. But, before I knew it, I was knocking on the door of the receptionist, and announcing myself: "Hi, I'm Adrienne. I've got an appointment at 2pm." This is my experience of counselling at university.
An eating disorder is a powerful thing. It can ruin many years of your life. It can take away your joy to eat. It can damage your body nearly beyond repair. It can leave lasting physical problems. It embeds itself in your mind like a parasite. It is consuming. It is enduring. And, it can rob you entirely of your identity.
When I was 20, I dialled a number I never thought I would. And it changed my life before I could end it #Samaritans
"You know, I'm still standing, better than I ever did," were song lyrics sang in the 1983 Elton John hit I'm Still Standing. In my first blog post for There's Methods in Mental Health, I speak about dealing with the factor of self-hatred remaining in your life well after you have recovered.