Helpful tips for exercising when depressed

During my low periods exercising, particularly in winter is exceptionally hard. If you are like me, my ideal exercise routine involves exercising inside where no one sees or hear me. Perhaps you are like me and you are experiencing back pain, or maybe another disability or added pressures of caring for another…lets be honest, exercising is hard.Unfortunately, lack of exercise places people with mental illness … Continue reading Helpful tips for exercising when depressed

Slow cookers – a game-changer for cooking with a disability

Cooking dinner has been a nightmare for me while managing my illness. When I arrive home from uni, all I want to do is put my feet up and relax. But far from being relaxed, in an attempt to prepare a nutritious meal I would find myself at 6pm hovering over a hot stove, sweat beading on my forehead, frantically stirring ingredients in the wok …

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Tattoos: turning something I find ugly into something beautiful

Trigger warning: references to self-harm Do you have any tattoos? If so, what meaning does the art have for you? People with BPD are often highly sensitive and empathetic, a raw nerve with no emotional skin. Tattoos are a visceral experience of having your physical skin transformed and strengthened with body art.

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Mental illness and the Weather – Coping with the changes

The weather is a common trigger for people with mental health difficulties. For some, summer can be really tough as it means wearing short sleeves, or overheating in long ones; it means more social activities, and longer days. For some, winter is really tough. I know my mental health is worse in winter; I feel trapped by the snow, the cold makes my scars hurt, … Continue reading Mental illness and the Weather – Coping with the changes

Physical Activity Tip 1

Something I’m not great at is looking after is my physical health. It’s like my mental health has completely consumed the energy I have to look after my physical well-being. But as Ozias shared the two are not isolated and greatly influence each other.
So if you’re like me I hope to journey with you. I’ll be posting some of my physical workouts and my meals. Continue reading Physical Activity Tip 1

Body Confidence with a mental illness

Written by an Occupational Therapy Student at UniSA 💪🏼 Mental illness does not discriminate. It comes in all stripes, colours, backgrounds and yes, body shapes. Weight management is often a key goal for those using medication to manage their illness. Ahelpful strategy is to reframe your thinking and shift your focus to body confidence. Evidence suggests that internalised stigma, or negative self-talk and personal adoption of … Continue reading Body Confidence with a mental illness

How to use Earthing

Earthing or otherwise know as grounding is a favourable strategy I use to minimise anxiety and dissociation. Evidence suggests that through grounding the Earth’s electrons are conducted to the human body, bringing it to the same electric potential as the earth. I believe that the earth has healing potential and as research suggests can shift the body from a sympathetic to parasympathetic state (relaxes us). … Continue reading How to use Earthing

Are you okay? For any day of the year

What to say and do when someone says “no I’m not okay” Please be prepared incase someone admits they are not okay 1. Just listen.  Don’t switch into logical mind and think you need to be their superhero. Listening is so powerful. The best friends are listeners rather than speakers. 👂 2. Listen… we have two ears… Don’t be quick to suggest. We know you want … Continue reading Are you okay? For any day of the year