Self Care & Self Love

Being open about mental health: what about eating disorders?

Content note: Mental health, eating disorders Society, in the last couple of years, has changed with regards to attitudes to mental illness. Depression and anxiety are becoming less stigmatised – people talk about them a lot, it’s more acceptable to use humour as a form of coping with them, and it’s more understood. Maybe this…

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Naming myself Witch

By Anna Hill As a kid I desperately wanted to be a witch. Now I’m grown up (kinda…) and I am one! I was always fascinated by the idea of witchcraft, but it was only in January 2017 that I really decided to dedicate time to witchcraft and develop my own practice. I think my first…

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“On Anxiety” anthology – a review

By Pip Williams Content note: Discussion of anxiety On Anxiety is the first anthology from British micropublisher 3 of Cups. The press was set up by founder Clare Bogen, with the admirable goal of “providing a platform for voices otherwise unheard in the mainstream.” This means that On Anxiety is a diverse project, full of wide-ranging voice and experiences…

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4 Body positive books to read right now

By Sophia Simon-Bashall Body positivity – or ‘bo-po’ – has been gaining mainstream momentum in this past year. In some moments, this has seemed wonderful. It is heart-warming and inspiring to be able to scroll through Instagram and see people showing their bodies some appreciation. Conversations have been started in publications and between people that…

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The danger of To The Bone

By Sophia Simon-Bashall Content note – eating disorders, anorexia Netflix have done it again. They’ve managed to create something dangerous, and they’re trying to pass it off as helpful, a conversation starter. The show Thirteen Reasons Why (which, somehow, is being renewed – help us all) came under a significant amount of criticism, all of which was…

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My disorder

A poem by Rousseau Duclos Content Note: depression, EDNOS, eating disorders, mental illness, self-hatred My disorder is just that, it’s a disorder, a realm of chaos and confusion and hatred, of a mind that can’t quite grasp why but can’t stop either. My disorder is not a teenage girl with tiny thighs and a flat…

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Ode to the teenage diary

By Sophia Simon-Bashall I feel as though when I say that I keep a diary, people look at me differently. There’s something judgemental in their response. That’s something that I’m used to, because I was a teenage girl for a pretty long time, and I’m a massive One Direction fan – most people tend to…

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The literature of hope – a new series

By Anna Hill What exactly is hope? And how can we use it to keep going in the face of oppression, fear and trauma? I don’t have a solid answer for the first question (except maybe the words “warm yellow light” like physically, but also in ur soul), and as for the second I think…

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