Note to self

CN: strong/explicit language, negative self-talk Dear Jess, You are trying. You are trying so hard. People have always referred to you as hard working. It’s what you’re known for. In fact, when people ask you to describe yourself “determined” is one of the first words that comes to your mind. You have been working so hard for so long. Often it doesn’t feel fair. How … Continue reading Note to self

The not-so-social butterfly

Last month I facilitated an online forum with SANE Australia about socialising with a mental illness. It was an amazing way to connect with the community and talk about an important topic. It got me reflecting on my own social habits and how they change depending on my mental health status. Soon after, I started thinking about the term ‘social butterfly’. Social butterflies are those … Continue reading The not-so-social butterfly

My Holiday Hacks

The Holiday season is portrayed as a time of joy and togetherness. But for many of us the holidays can mean navigating a range of strained relationships and social anxieties. I spend the holidays with three families; my family, my partner’s dad’s family and my partner’s mum’s family. It can be extremely draining. It becomes difficult to manage self-care when everyone wants a piece of … Continue reading My Holiday Hacks

Thesis survival guide

Next week I am submitting my thesis (Woo!). At the start of the research journey, my Honours convenor gave us all a document titled ‘Honours survival guide’. Whilst immensely useful, it didn’t include any information about how to manage writing a thesis when you have a mental illness. So I decided to write my own survival guide for anyone else like me who was terrified … Continue reading Thesis survival guide