#MentalMovement / General Election: A Guide to Mental Health in the Manifestos

June 8th is fast approaching and people are fiercely campaigning to encourage young people to vote to help shape their future. There’s no doubt changes need to be made and I urge you to read through each manifesto and decide with your own views, who you wish to vote for.

As Mental Health is a subject close to me, I have focused on how each party intends to tackle the issues at present.

The passages below are direct quotes from a few of the manifestos.

Check out the full article here.

#MentalMovement / Neal’s Yard Remedies: Creating a Beauty Routine for Self Care

When I’m having a depressive episode, the first thing that goes down the drain with me is my hygiene and self-care. Suddenly, brushing my teeth is the equivalent to climbing Mount Everest. Twice. And, showering? Not in a million years.

I have found a huge way of combatting that and pushing through the wall, is by creating a beauty/self-care routine that makes me feel good and that I promise myself to follow.

Even when getting up and out of bed is last on the list of things I want to do; I push myself to get up and begin this self-care routine. By doing so I jump start my self-esteem and positivity and set myself up for a good day.

I wouldn’t be without my beauty products which sculpt my self-care routines leaving me feeling great, inside and out!

Check out my go-to beauty products and the full post here!


#MentalMovement / The Happiness Planner (And Why You Need One!)


It’s no secret that my love for journaling, pretty notebooks and planning is second to none. I spend half my days scribbling something totally random down in any one of my 3,000 notebooks (seriously, I have a notebook dedicated to the populations of countries…) So, when I stumbled across The Happiness Planner I just had to have one!

When I received my parcel with the planner in I was so excited to open it. The planner is perfectly packaged in a box which is coloured corresponding to the planner. And as well as the planner itself, the box provides you with a pen, clips, and cute posters to reflect and plan the year ahead – just what I needed!

Happiness Tools

As explained by ‘The Happiness Planner’

Throughout the Planner you will be guided to create Your Happiness Roadmap and integrate that into your daily life. You will be prompted to:

  • Discover yourself
  • Identify your strengths and weaknesses
  • Integrate more of what makes you happy into your daily life
  • Plan to make changes to the things that make you unhappy
  • Set goals that you want to achieve and write down action plans
  • Start each day with an inspirational quot and an exciting thought
  • Pinpoint your focus for each month and each day
  • Rate yourself on your energy level and happiness level
  • Reflect on your day and see things from the positive side
  • Reflect on your month and set goals for improvement
  • Reflect on 2017

Read my full review here.

#MentalMovement / The Beurer TL60 Bright Light: How Light Therapy Changed My Mornings


Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of disorder that occurs seasonally. People suffer particularly in the Autumn & Winter, when the days are shorter and there is less daylight.

Symptoms of this disorder can include;

  • Low mood
  • Lack of motivation
  • Feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Loss of libido
  • Insomnia
  • Tiredness or feeling lethargic (lacking in energy)
  • Sleeping for longer periods and struggling to rise in the mornings
  • Craving carbs and gaining weight

Most people are affected by the change in seasons and experience improved moods when the sun is shining and the daytime is longer. But, those with SAD (1 in 20!), experience far more severe symptoms.

One recommended way of treating Seasonal Affective Disorder is with light therapy. This has been medically proven to improve symptoms of SAD within a week of exposure. The Doctor may also recommend it to you.

Whilst I don’t struggle specifically with SAD, I do struggle with the ‘winter blues’. This time of year is always a lot tougher for me, as my anxiety and depression really peaks. So – this year whilst struggling with my mental health, I decided to try light therapy.

Keep reading here.

#MentalMovement – Catching up with BBC’s Mim Shaikh on his Latest Video ‘Letter to my Mother’


Resident writer Gemma caught up with BBC Radio 1Xtra & BBC Asian Network’s DJ, Mim Shaikh, about his latest spoken word video detailing his Mother’s mental health and the affect it’s had on his life.

Hi Mim, thanks so much for chatting with me again! I was so excited to see your latest video as I love your work! But, especially this one as it was written to your Mum. I really connected with this on a personal level as my Mum has struggled with her mental health too. Has your Mum watched the video? What was her reaction?

She was the first person I showed the video to. As soon as I had it completed, I rushed downstairs. I think it was Christmas Day, and I sat by her side showed her the video. She said is that about me? And I said yes. What did you take from it, and she replied that you’re going to carry on giving me money and we both started laughing.

How did you find it affected you, growing up without her as a Mother ‘figure’? And, how did it affect you growing up without a Dad?

I’ve come to the conclusion that’s it’s made me into the person that I am today, a very strong, confident and talented individual. I always thought everyone has the same mindset as me whilst I was growing up, but I sooner realised that the pain and lack of support that I may have experienced at a younger age has only been a good thing for my development. It kinda forced me to grow up a bit quicker than some of my friends or other family members who were the same age as me.

See the rest of the interview here.

#MentalMovement / Carrie Fisher Laid to Rest in Giant Prozac Pill Shaped Urn


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Carrie Fisher along with her Mother Debbie Reynolds were laid to rest on Friday. Her ashes were carried in an urn in the shape of a giant Prozac pill at the memorial service. An iconic tribute to Fisher’s brave and everlasting life, it was said this pill was her ‘favourite possession’ by her brother, Todd Fisher.

“Carrie’s favourite possession was a giant Prozac pill that she bought many years ago. A big pill, she loved it, and it was in her house, and Billie and I felt it was where she’s want to be.”

Carry on reading here.

#MentalMovement / How Getting Active Can Help Manage Your Anxiety


Experiencing Anxiety can be totally crippling for your entire life – believe me, I’ve experienced it first-hand. So, finding something that truly helps manage it can be totally life changing. I experienced that life changing feeling when I chose to commit myself to the gym.

The benefits of exercise for physical health have been long established, but the benefits for mental health seem to be somewhat overlooked, where a box of pills seems to be just what everybody needs – I disagree. It has been scientifically proven that getting active improves your mental wellbeing. I do currently take Anti-Depressants, but I have never really been sure if they work for me or not. Exercise is different.

Click here to read my full article!

#MentalMovement / How Essential Oils Could Improve Your Mental Health


Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for health care (amongst a lot of other things) and have been widely recognised for their mental health & emotional support.

They are hugely attractive as they are completely natural and organic – meaning you don’t have to check the box for side effects or worry about any nasty chemicals, hoorah! They carry so many benefits, but focusing on the mental health values you could benefit from relief from depression, insomnia, anxiety and panic and you could experience relaxation, grounding and calmness.

I recently chose to try Essential Oils after a recommendation from a friend who finds them very beneficial for emotional support and genuinely absolutely loves them, you can check her out here. After listening to her passionately talk of these lovely little bottles, I purchased a Premium Starter Pack from Young Living.

See my full article here.


#MentalMovement / The Royal Family Pledges Their Support For Mental Health


Heads Together, a new UK based campaign, is headed by the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, William & Kate, and Prince Harry. It was built with the help and support of eight partnering charities; Anna Freud Centre, Best Beginnings, Calm, Contact, Mind, Place2Be, The Mix and YoungMinds.

See the full article here.

#MentalMovement / 5 Ways To Tackle ‘Those Days’


Depression is probably one of the most commonly misconstrued mental illnesses, where a consistent misuse of the word has led many to believe you need only to be sad to be depressed.

Depression is much more than a few tears and can easily paralyse your day to day life. It brings you total monogamy and slowly but surely steals every emotion from you – leaving you staring at a wall with not a thought.

Getting through a depressive episode is tough but by no means impossible. And if you’ve done that (well done!!!) but still experience those days, where you’d rather hide under your cover than look at daylight, try using these simple, positivity boosting tips that spur me on to see the day.

Check them out here.