Open Doors

Open Doors

I often write about how clothes make me feel, in the context of my mental health. Sometimes I worry this is a little trite, given the severity of my bipolar and various other disorders. After all, putting on a dress is no substitute for proper treatment. However, I...
The Fear

The Fear

I often feel anxious and worry about a stack of things, most of which I cannot control. I fret constantly about my career, being a freelancer isn’t great if you have perpetual anxiety. I angst about my sonĀ and how he will manage when he first goes to school and...
Goodbye Wine

Goodbye Wine

I have recently made the decision to give up alcohol for the sake of my mental health. I’ve been keeping a mood diary and I’ve noticed that every time I drink, even in very moderate quantities, I spend the next few days feeling down and agonising about...
The Strong Tears

The Strong Tears

Last week Andy Murray held an emotional press conference, announcing that the Australian Open may be his last tournament, due to an ongoing hip injury. Hiding behind his baseball cap, his voice quavering, he revealed that he has been in constant pain for 20 months....
New Year – Same You

New Year – Same You

At the start of the New Year, it’s customary to make resolutions; lose weight, stop smoking, drink moderately, learn a new language, or any other number of things. I used to pledge to make changes every year, only to spectacularly fail by the start of February....
How to Survive Christmas

How to Survive Christmas

2018 is nearly over and I can’t quite believe it’s gone by so quickly. It’s been a mixed bag of a year, with some highs and a few lows and I won’t be too sorry to see the back of it. Before that, there is the business of Christmas, which can be...

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