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Education Vs Mental Health.

Hello, darlings!
My deepest apologies that it has been so long, I am currently in the midst of taking my final A-Level exams, so as you can probably imagine, life is busy, busy, busy! However, I will be posting much more regularly and there is some very exciting stuff on it’s way. On that note, I thought I would write a post on education and mental health, whilst also giving tips on how to look after yourself, especially through stressful periods, like exam seasons.

We have all been there, or are currently going through it. Do not get me wrong, I am very appreciative to have had a free, wonderful education that has helped me to develop into the young lady I am today, especially as I love learning, but I would be lying if I said that it has not been a factor that has been intertwined in my mental health situation. As I become a University student in September, I feel that education and mental health do share factors that need to be discussed. Especially in recent years, education has become more challenging for students and in many cases, detrimental to young people’s mental health. Why is that? In my opinion, it is because students are working extremely hard, yet with not much mental health support available. It has only been a recent development that mental health is being discussed in places of education and students are starting to be taken seriously. Further to this, teachers/ lectures are defintely not receiving enough training on how to support young people to high standards when it comes to mental health and that is an issue I am very passionate about. I am from a generation that is seeing the highest ever figures of mental health issues in young people and without significant support and advise from those in education, how the hell are young people supposed to make the most of their education without stable, reliable support?!

I have a large amount of love and kindness for teachers, some of whom have been so important in helping me through issues, but I do believe that there is so much more that needs to be done to protect students!

There have been many times that I have had breakdowns, due to the intensity of schoolwork and not wanting to let people down; I know that many other people that surround me have also had very similar situations, and in the longterm, has been one of many factors that lead to poor mental health. More funding in schools and knowledge about the issues that young people face today are so important, especially in a time where the world needs to be sharing much more love and peace to others and themselves. I thought I would leave some suggestions on how can you can help your mental health whilst in education:

  1. Confide in those you trust- Friends, family, your doctor, your teachers. The worst thing that you can do for your mental health is to suffer in your silence. By speaking out, you are not battling your mind alone, and you will be also helping others who are going through a similar situation. Speaking out will be an influence in getting schools to educate themselves on how to support their students. You also have to take care of yourself, and by confiding in those around you, you are facing the issue, instead of hiding, before your mental health has the chance to escalate.

2. Sleep, food, and water- Your mind will be under a large amount of strain, please try to not allow your physical health to also be taken under.- I know that is difficult when you’re mental health is in a bad place, but even attempting to look after yourself physically will help. Self care is extremely important, as I have preached before and undeniably, if you are taking exams, being physically healthy will make going into them a much bearable experience, allowing you to perform at your best.

3.  Do not over work yourself- There have been many times when I will overwork myself because I feel that there is more to be done or what I have done is not at its highest standard; give yourself breaks. You are doing wonderfully and working yourself into the ground will do you no favours. Yes, it is important to work hard for what you want, but it is also important to have fun and enjoy yourself too! To everyone, student or not, finding a positive balance can lift a large pressure from your mental health.

4. Praise yourself- Being in education can sometimes have negative effects on your self-esteem. Please do not allow that to get in your way. Give yourself praise and some reassurance that you are doing your best and that you shall reach your aspirations and dreams. Try and distract yourself with things that you enjoy to allow yourself to block negative thoughts.

I hope that this post has been of interest to you all, please let me know what your views are of education and mental health!

A little side note; the mental health organisation ‘Time To Change’ recently published a blog post that I wrote for them in regards to their latest mental health campaign; you can read it here!

https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/blog/it-can-be-terrifying-open-about-mental-health

Until next time!

Much love,

Rhi. X

We do not speak about loneliness enough.

The topic of this post is pretty self explanatory when you look at the title, and it is the undeniable truth. We do not talk about the subject of loneliness enough.

Stereotypical images that are perceived in our minds about loneliness are incorrect. The shadow does not just creep onto a certain group of people. No, loneliness affects us all and that is bloody terrifying. You can be one of the most sociable and happiest of those that you know, and you can still suffer from loneliness.

We are all in different walks of life; trying to find where we belong. Of course there are struggles, and loneliness can be one of them. It does not matter about your age, ethnicity, lifestyle and personality. Like anything to do with our mental health, it can prey on anyone at any point. I am sure many of you will have seen Tumblr posts about being surrounded by loved ones, yet feeling alone? Yes, I know it is so clique, but it is also true! I personally believe it is because that if we go for a long period of time without having conversations that allow us to express our emotions and thoughts, we become lonely in ourselves, regardless of how social we may be.

Having poor mental health and loneliness are often linked. I also believe that you can have good mental health and still get feelings of loneliness sometimes, because it is a natural human feeling. As a society, we avoid the topic of loneliness and I do not really understand why. I guess it is because we do not want to be a burden to others or for people to be judgmental.

IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO TALK ABOUT IT THOUGH. We are a species who should be connecting with each other, and that is why we usually become lonely when we are not satisfying our mind and soul. We all have traits of being stubborn when it comes to wanting to avoid feeling vulnerable and needing to express emotions. The thing is, if we do not talk about loneliness and seek comfort/support from those around us, it can have such a detrimental effect on our mental health. I would say I am in the category where my mental health can cause me to feel lonely, and I am one of those people who can be surrounded by friends and family, yet feel so empty on occasions. For other people, their loneliness causes them to have negative mental health. No individual is the same and loneliness affects people in different ways. Unfortunately, loneliness works in a vicious cycle.

If you click here, you will be redirected to the Mind website that has a lot of useful advice about coping with loneliness, as well as tips to how to get out of that cycle! The one piece of advice I would give is to reach out to those around you; even if it is just sending a message. Please do not suffer in silence. Also, if any of you would like to personally contact me, you can find all the ways you can do so via the contact section on my blog.

Much love,

Rhi. X

 

 

How to motivate yourself when you aren’t motivated at all

I highly suggest this blog post for anyone who is having a crap day, it was of help to me!

 

Well… Let’s fix this situation right now   I know from first hand that sometimes it is just too difficult to keep going… you feel all your life is crap immerse on de…

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The Black Cat Blue Sea Award.

This award is for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader.”

Hello, lovelies!

It is really lovely that I have been nominated for this award. My appreciation goes to the wonderful Confessionsofareborngirl, whose a fab blogger which y’all should check out!

Here are my answers to the 3 questions I have been asked to answer!

  1. Who’s your favorite singer/band right now?

To be quite honest, I am into a lot of different singers and bands right now from a whole range of genres. All I can say is that my favourites include The Neighbourhood, PVRIS, Metallica, 30 Seconds To Mars, ScHoolboy Q, Bastille, Grimes and Twently One Pilots.

2. Where do you get the inspiration for your blog from?

The people around me in everyday life, my interests, as well as a variety of topics that I come across. I love running a blog which suits to a large range of people about loads of topics!

3. What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?

On a rainy day, I love to be as snug as a bug in a blanket, drinking hot chcolate, and reading a book or watching a film/TV programme. That being said, I usually am forced to face the rain as I have to be on my way to places such as Sixth Form or other plans I have made! Haha, oh well!

My 3 questions are:

  1. Why did you begin blogging?
  2. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
  3. How do you like to spend your free time?

I have inserted a copy of the rules and who I have nominated below…..Thank you once again for the nomination! Much love,

Rhi. X

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7 Lucky Nominees:

Boilersuitbabe

Robertapimental

Houseofhorrors

Unveilingtheincogitable

Akinderway

Thecliffhangerchronicle

Theshimmerwithinher

 

 

Great advice for budding writers and advertisers out there!

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via The FAB pencil — I wrote a book. Now what?

Article: Moods Magazine.

Hello, everyone!

So the other day, an article which I wrote was published on Moods Magazine, which can be found here: http://www.moodsmag.com/blog/talking-mental-health-important/

Moods Magazine is used to help people who are suffering from depression or a mood disorder, as well as the friends and family of someone who is suffering from a mental health disorder. My article talks about my personal experience of mental health and why it is so important to be aware of how important mental health is and why the stigma needs to be stopped.

Feel free to read it and let me know what you think.

Rhi. X

 

This is defintely  a blog post from a fellow blogger that is worth a read- Being able to embrace yourself is important! ❤ 

I originally shared this post in February, but I thought it fit my Mental Health Series well so I’m sharing it again today. I had a bit of an ‘ah ha’ moment recently, which led to me thinking about how hard it is for most of us to embrace who we are. To truly like […]

via Mental Health Series – Embrace Yourself — A Kinder Way