• 5 WHYZ,  Mental Matters

    5 Reasons Why I’m Grateful For My Anxiety

    Let’s be honest, anxiety can be a real pain in the arse. It’s not easy overthinking and worrying over pretty much everything I do and at times, it can leave me feeling pretty isolated. But what if the negativity surrounding my mental health was flipped on its head? What if I’m grateful for how anxiety has changed me? It’s these questions that have caused me to reflect and be thankful for the important role that anxiety has, and always will, play in my life. It has taught me about compassion To this day, I still find that some people completely misunderstand my anxiety. Sometimes it can be a hurtful comment…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Editors Picks,  Parenting

    5 Reasons Why I Ignore Mums At School

    The best thing about a collective blog is you can write about things you wouldn’t normally put on your own. This, is one of them. Now Before I start here’s a disclaimer, I have some awesome mummy friends, some I’ve even met through the school and I’m all about sista hood!! And supporting other mothers etc etc but there are some things I don’t like and I’m not afraid to share them…… here….. (far too terrified to share them on my own platform) So here we go! 5 reasons why I rarely talk to other Mum’s in the playground Reason 1 I’m scared that if I talk to you once,…

  • Editors Picks,  Mental Matters,  Parenting

    Being A Stay At Home Mum Is Making Me Depressed

    I’m writing this post on the back of a relatively sleepless week. We have two children (aged 5 & 1) and currently they are trying to end me via sleep deprivation. One wont go to bed and dicks about endlessly and the other will wake up intermittently throughout the night and vice a versa. So, I’m definitely at my worst as I write this, definitely on a low. Lack of sleep of course makes everything worse and I know that in a day or a week, things wont feel quite so bleak and I will be able to pull myself together a bit. But its been like this for months…

  • Editors Picks,  Life

    Are We Addicted To Dating Apps?

    NO, SWIPE, NO, SWIPE, MAYBE, SWIPE… How many of you have used a well known dating app and wasted hours obsessively swiping? Tinder is pretty much the norm, now a days when it comes to dating. It’s an easy option that you can do at home, in your PJs and with no shame, swiping the hours away. You don’t even have to meet the people; you can send messages, “connect” and then move on to the next one. It’s the modern way of dating. Whether you’re looking for a date, a hookup or love, the apps you use to get you there are normally designed with one goal in mind:…

  • Editors Picks,  Parenting

    Have Parenting Blogs Had Their Day?

    I know how that sounds, especially from an actual parenting blogger! But there is method behind the madness so just hear me out… Instagram has been growing in popularity for years, with over an eighth of the world’s population using the app. In 2016, 95 million posts were uploaded a day and the chances are that, that statistic has increased largely by now. There’s also been an 80% increase, year on year, for videos whether that’s Stories, on your feed or their new feature, IGTV. So why am I telling you this? As a blogger, I research the platforms I use to promote my work and while Facebook gets me…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Life

    5 Reasons Why I’m Project Managing My Home Renovation

    Are you considering renovating part or all of your house this year? If so, Nicole is here to give you five reasons why you should consider taking charge and managing the project yourself… So The Costs Are Less Likely To Spiral Out Of Control One of the biggest problems home owners face when renovating is the risk of running out of funds. It’s seen all the time on home shows, where the build has had to come to a complete standstill and contractors laid off because the home owner hasn’t sufficiently planned their budget properly. Or worked in contingency funds if something goes wrong. Our builder is extending our home…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Mental Matters,  Parenting

    Five Reasons Why We Should Build Resilience In Our Children

    It is a sad fact that mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children, including depression and anxiety. Which is often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.  What is even more alarming is 70% of children have not had appropriate interventions.   The emotional well-being of children is just as paramount as their physical health.  Good mental health will help children build skills to develop their resilience; this will help them to cope with whatever life throws at them, making them happy and healthy adults. So what does this term resilience mean? There have been various definitions of resilience, the one I like the most is…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Life

    5 Reasons Why It’s Ok To Talk About Money

    I don’t know why it’s an issue if I’m quite honest but most people including myself are really closed off when it comes to talking about money. We don’t talk about our salaries, debts, outgoings and struggles but recently I’ve changed my attitude and here are some reasons why. 1 – Honesty I was always brought up to be honest about everything and sometimes it’s gotten me into trouble because my mouth runs away with me and my filter doesn’t kick in. I can talk to my friends about sex, relationships and everything else going on in my life but money is such a guarded secret. 2 – Support In…

  • Editors Picks,  Mental Matters,  Speak Up

    The S Word

    So many are afraid to say it, aren’t they? That word. That whispered taboo. Why do we dance around it? Why don’t we just talk about it? What exactly is it that are we so afraid of? Why are we so afraid to hear of it and so afraid to open up about it? Suicide. It steals so many lives. Every day. Every minute. It devastates families, seizes lives yet to really live, leaves children motherless, women as widows, friends feeling the blame and questioning why they didn’t see the signs. Why is it after someone has taken their life that we begin to pour out support and preach about…

  • Life

    5 Reasons Why Being A Mature Student Sucks

    THE MORNING PANIC What the hell does a 33 year old wear to university? Now I know the answer SHOULD be ‘whatever the hell they want’ but being a mature student in a pretty mixed-age class with a penchant for 90/00s style bin bag baggy jeans and cartoon themed tops, it makes you start to question your life and fashion choices. Especially in the first week when everyone is still getting used to everyone else, it’s all a little judge-y. Blue hair shoved in the “mum bun”, make up free and glowing (read: sweaty and gross) and adorned with tattoos and piercings in a sea of the latest trends certainly…

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