mental health

Facing Your Foody Fears

Facing Your Foody Fears

Diagnosable eating disorder or not, feelings of panic, guilt, shame, and anxiety are all too commonly becoming “normalised” struggles many can resonate with.
In this lates blogpost I wanted to share just how I transitioned from a place of obsession, rigid rules and fear, to enjoying my weekly bakes and cakes and finding a harmonic “healthy lifestyle” that features both Cake and Kale, and of course my favourite; Flapjacks!

Mental Health Nurse, and Beat Ambassador, Emma Richard’s “TOP TIPS” for Coping At Christmas

Mental Health Nurse, and Beat Ambassador, Emma Richard’s “TOP TIPS” for Coping At Christmas

Christmas is thought of as a time of year to celebrate and share with loved ones, it’s meant to be a fun filled experience full of festivities and joy. However living with an eating disorder at Christmas time can be incredibly difficult.

Life Below Deck: Why I Walked Away From Paradise

Life Below Deck: Why I Walked Away From Paradise

Approximately 7 months of this year I spent working abroad working on cruise ships as a youth counsellor. I worked with some of the most fantastic team members, seeing the most beautiful places and gained insight into a style of work, & life, I knew little to nothing about.
So why did I walk away from what people called “living the dream”? In this very honest account I shed light on my life on board, the highs and lows, and share how I came to conclude that maybe my ‘paradise’ life was going to look slightly different.

Anxiety: Friend or Foe?

Anxiety: Friend or Foe?

In this post I explore anxiety and give you an insight into my own experiences of anxiety. From hyperventilating panic attacks, fear of food, migraines & more, what is the purpose of this “protective” emotion? and how much control do we really have over our perceptions & responses?

It’s ok to feel fear. It’s what we do about our fears that determines who we are and who we become.

Preventing Relapses At University

Preventing Relapses At University

Stress is one of the main triggers of relapses in eating disorders. When the stress piles on we panic. We feel out of control and the natural response is to resort to our coping mechanisms, our safety blanket, and in this case the control of food and weight can seem an "easy escape" to help manage the stress of exams. Here we explore this issue and look at ways in which we can keep healthy and happy whiist smashing our studies. 

Say Yes To Rest!

Say Yes To Rest!

Work-a-holics and busy-bees how do we switch off? Often we find it hard to stop. We are great at offering self-care and wellbeing advice to others but risk burnout and stress, ourselves. Sounds silly but for many of us just 'chilling out' can be really hard. It's something I hate doing, and so I realised it is a challenge I needed to face.

In this post I share my top tips for how to switch off without feeling bad about it!

Go slip on those snuggly PJs, grab a cuppa biscuit, and enjoy todays post.

A Seasonal "Sod Off" to Disordered Eating [Top Tips]

A Seasonal "Sod Off" to Disordered Eating [Top Tips]

This post will be particularly useful for those who: Experience a heightened level of anxiety around food and eating.

Are inclined to compensate or punish themselves for food eaten.

Those currently having treatment for, or in recovery for, disordered eating.

Those who find themselves stuck in diet mentality, when eating causes negative self- judgement.

For those caring for another with disordered eating.

#MeToo: A Social Storm To Stop Suffering

#MeToo: A Social Storm To Stop Suffering

In response to the #MeToo campaign, why it's so important to take a stand and not be afraid to speak out about the suffering behind seemingly smiling eyes. I touch on my own experience and my hopes for this movement helping both the victims and perpetrators involved in such sex crimes.