Recovery

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.

Top Tips for Balancing Exercise in Recovery from an Eating Disorder

Top Tips for Balancing Exercise in Recovery from an Eating Disorder

The amazing effects of exercise on increasing mental wellbeing, especially for those with anxiety, depression and PTSD, has been widely documented. But what about when exercise itself can be a contributor to poor mental health, such as in eating disorders?

The role of exercise in recovery from disordered eating is tricky, how do you fight away the ritualistic behaviours? The compulsion? The obsessions? It can become a socially acceptable way to feed into the eating disorders demands.

In this post I offer up my Top 5 Tips to challenging and balancing exercise in recovery.

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.

Stressed & Starving to Star-Performing

Stressed & Starving to Star-Performing

Hannah’s story is a must read.
From champion runner, winning medals to running herself down a slippery slope into the arms of her eating disorder.
Hannah almost lost everything she’d spent years working hard and training for.
She speaks truth about stress, it’s destructive impact on our health, but how we, with help and unconditional support of those around us, ultimately have the ability to turn destructiveness into determination to become star-performers

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. 

#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.

"Blinded By Love" Emotional Abuse Through Her Eyes...

"Blinded By Love" Emotional Abuse Through Her Eyes...

Exploring issues of trust and manipulation within relationships this is brave account that challenges our perceptions of what it means to be vulnerable, and just how easily we can be blinded by “love”.

The BMI Battle to Access Mental Health Services: Am I Not Worthy Of Help?

The BMI Battle to Access Mental Health Services: Am I Not Worthy Of Help?

Since when did BMI become a reflection of mental health? 
My guest appearance on the BBC 2 Victoria Derbyshire show exploring the issues of accessing treatment on the basis of BMI.