Reflecting On Mental Health Awareness Week

Reflecting On Mental Health Awareness Week

As Mental Health Awareness Week comes to an end, we can reflect on how society should come together every day of the year with strength and love to acknowledge how every mind matters .


Focusing on mental health is crucially important in 2020 as we deal with the stress of the coronavirus which has changed the world and millions of lives. Many people joined the movement and supported both strangers and loved ones to ensure everybody feels loved in the midst of the global devastation. Hopefully, as humanity realises the importance of community and togetherness, the attitude will continue forever.

The theme this year was ‘kindness’ which is something that should always be prevalent in society. People were provoked to be kinder to themselves and those around them.

What happened? Who got involved? How did they make an impact?


♡ Individuals shared their personal stories of giving and receiving kindness for the Mental Health Foundation. Read them here: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/kindness-stories

♡ ITV initiated the ‘Britain Get Talking’ campaign in October 2019 yet the vital message continues to be shared. In time for Mental Health Awareness Week, they shared an advert encouraged the importance of checking up on your friends, even if it’s just a simple text. Read their article here: https://www.itv.com/news/channel/2020-05-18/mental-health-awareness-week-2020-let-s-get-talking-1/

♡ Mind, a well-known mental health charity introduced #SpeakYourMind to provoke open conversations so that nobody feels alone. People from all over the world shared tips and personal stories and this created a beautiful support network between strangers. Watch the Mind video here: https://youtu.be/UdT4vxxCfv8

♡ Spotify teamed up with CALM to promote podcasts and songs that will uplift listeners. From low fidelity beats to happy music, they covered everything! Browse the selection of playlists here: https://open.spotify.com/genre/kindnessmatters-playlist-pick

♡ Social media was crucial this year as people can’t physically see one another. However, there were thousands of virtual hugs shared as people posted their own experiences, advice and quotes on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Here are some of my favourite quotes that can provide comfort when your mind forces you to overthink:

Source: Pinterest

Thanks for reading today’s post! Hopefully you’re looking out for yourself as well as those around you. Remember: your mental health is just as important as your physical help so reach out for help if you feel it’s necessary.

Stay safe!

Grace x

You Are Enough, Stop Criticising Yourself (especially during these unforeseen times)

You Are Enough, Stop Criticising Yourself (especially during these unforeseen times)

Am I doing enough? Am I doing too much? Am I being overdramatic? Am I too calm? Am I being lazy? Everyone’s working out… should I be working out?

I’ve said it before, your mind can be a bully and overthinking can be a terrible result of it’s unkindness.

Working on yourself is healthy and helpful, HOWEVER, crossing the line and taking it too far can be harmful! During this unforeseen and hugely difficult global circumstance, the free-time many of us have may allow your overthinking tendencies to increase and those with mental health issues may be struggling.

Humans love to compare. It’s in our nature. This attribute of mankind has been evident during the extraordinary times in lockdown but here is a reminder to make healthiness (physical & mental) your priority.


Generally, everyone has unique approaches to how they spend their time. We all have different interests and lifestyles, working on things in our own personal schedules. Similarly now during this pandemic, everyone is approaching these times in their own ways… and that is valid!

Key workers are busy, sacrificing themselves to save lives. Most others are on lockdown (UK) and this dramatic lifestyle change means some people are exercising, some are quizzing, many are baking and lots are chilling. As long as you are following governmental guidelines, you’re already doing one thing right!

Obviously I can’t address the entire population but here are some short affirmations.

  • Don’t feel guilty for sleeping in. If your body tells you to rest, you should! This is potentially your first opportunity to relax for days straight without work/school/commitments stopping you.
  • On the other hand, there’s obviously nothing wrong with wanting to wake up early. Spend your days however you like!
  • You may feel helpless, like you should be doing more to help. Remember, by staying at home, you are helping. There are other ways you can help from home such as volunteering or donating to local hospitals, charities or businesses if you have the money.
  • Don’t be hard on yourself if your motivation has plumetted, it is entirely normal when your schedule and surroundings change.
  • Don’t criticise yourself if you’re not doing as much exercise as others you see on social media. Although staying healthy is great, it’t not a competition. Set your own goals rather than comparing your routine with others.

Things you could do when feeling negative about yourself:

  • Write a list of things you achieve each day, be it small or big tasks
  • Start up a self love scheme or journal
  • Call a friend or family member as a reminder that you are loved

Due to the sensitivity and complexity of today’s topic, I probably rambled in this post but hopefully I managed to convey the message to prioritise looking after yourself as well as one another.

Lots of love,

Grace x

You Are Not Useless… Here’s Why.

You Are Not Useless… Here’s Why.

Hearing others refer to themselves as “useless” or insinuating this belief with other words breaks my heart. Many people struggling with anxiety, depression or confidence issues may be familiar with the feelings of worthlessness or incapability but I want to assure you that your mind can be a bully and relentlessly bombard you with negativity even though you are definitely NOT useless. You ARE: worthy, necessary and USEFUL… here’s why.


Not a single person out of the entire population of the planet (7.6 billion people!!!) is the same as you. Your voice, smile, face, personality… everything about you is unique.

Your self reflection shows that you are conscientious, you want to put the best version of yourself out to the world. This in itself is admirable.

Making mistakes is not a sign of weakness or stupidity. Everybody messes up but you probably only notice when it happens to you. These accidents or errors will help you grow as a person: embrace them as much as you can.

You have a multitude of talents and passions even if you haven’t discovered them yet. You’re capable of learning new skills or enhancing current ones whenever you’re ready to work on them.

Negative comments from other people are not equivalent to them disliking you as an entire person. As mentioned earlier, you can have flaws but they are not a reflection of futility. Accept rejection and take criticisms as a way of improving yourself rather than punishing yourself.

The people around you are grateful for your existence. Friends, family, peers, strangers. Even though you don’t always notice, you are surrounded by people who appreciate you.

You’re allowed to be sad. You’re allowed to be happy. You’re allowed to be anxious. You’re allowed to be confident. Your feelings are valid and natural.

The list could go on but hopefully by now you can start your journey of understanding how worthy you are. May your confidence flourish.


If these feelings are becoming overwhelming and are negatively impacting your life, please reach out to somebody for help.

I’m not a professional so here are links to some websites that may provide more information, help or support if necessary:

https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/feeling-worthless

https://psychcentral.com/blog/when-you-feel-worthless/

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/open-letter-feeling-worthless

I am here for you all! Although my audience is small, I really hope to create a supportive community that can have open conversations without judgement. Please share any thoughts or ideas you could add with regards to this post in the comments.

Thank you for reading! Follow and like for more.

Stay safe, lots of love,

Grace x

My Advice for Year 12 Students

My Advice for Year 12 Students

As a Year 13 student myself (not really anymore because of coronavirus), I would love to provide some tips and advice regarding the last year of school education.

I understand that this situation may be daunting for year 12s who may worry they are missing academic time which could be detrimental to their exams next year.

If you’re in that position or know somebody who is, hopefully this post will help. I’m neither an A* student or an expert but I’ll cover topics such as revision tips, exam anxiety, studying at home and balancing life and revision.

#1 MOTIVATING YOURSELF TO REVISE (AND WORK FROM HOME WITHOUT A TEACHER)

You sit in your room and there are probably hundreds of things you’d prefer to do instead of revision. I get it, motivating yourself to revise can often feel impossible, however, when the exam date nears, your stress will be reduced and confidence in the subject will be increased if you revise. Three motivation methods:

  • Think about how you want to feel on results day. For me, I had a dream university and set of grades I desired… imagining results day and potentially not getting into university really inspired me to revise on days where I had little motivation.
  • Reward yourself. Set goals and when you achieve them, give yourself a reward i.e. have your favourite snack after 40 minutes of revision. This should strengthen your self control and motivate you to get things done.
  • Create a desirable revision space. I doubt you will feel inspired to revise if your desk looks like a bomb site. Create a place to revise that you feel relaxed and satisfied by. I tried to keep my desk tidy so that when I came home from school I could motivate myself to continue with some work.

#2 FINDING THE RIGHT REVISION TECHNIQUE

Everybody has their own ways of revising therefore I wouldn’t force a technique upon anyone but research has shown that testing yourself regularly is a great revision method to ensure information goes into your long term memory.

Try out different ways of revising and find which one was best for you personally. Here’s a brief list of methods to attempt:

  • Revision cards (question on one side, answer on the other)
  • Past papers and practice questions
  • Quizlet online tests
  • Watching videos on the topic
  • Recording yourself talking about the topic
  • Teaching information to a friend
  • Key word practice
  • Make your own PowerPoint presentations
  • Stick post it notes around your house or in your room

For me, revision cards were the best for me because I would make them as soon as I covered the information in class and then could always come back to them as a quick way of recalling the information. I sometimes took them on long journeys with me or up to bed the night before exams to refresh my knowledge. Finding the effort to do entire practice papers was difficult but doing them is a really effective method because realistically, it aids the skills you’ll need in the actual exam.

#3 TACKLING EXAM ANXIETY

I’m a naturally very anxious person and I found exams very stressful throughout my time at school so my advice may not be perfect despite coming from experience. I would literally get anxious about getting anxious and it became a vicious cycle. Infact, I had to sit my GCSE exams in a separate room because my anxiety would make me feel physically ill to point where my vision was blurred and I struggled to read the questions through the dizziness.

In Year 13 however, I really tried to work on this, researching methods to ensure I could go into the exam hall and sit the exam with all my attention on the question paper rather than anything else.

Things to consider if you get anxious about exams:

  • Your feelings are common, don’t be hard on yourself.
  • Breathing exercises before you enter the exam hall can distract your brain from it’s panicked state and they help focus on relaxing yourself instead.
  • There is somebody you can talk to if it becomes too overwhelming to deal with alone. Perhaps a parent, sibling, teacher or friend.
  • Take a bottle of water into the exam hall.
  • If you’re anxious the night before, fragrances such as lavender aid sleep and should make you feel calm.

Please speak to a professional if you get extreme anxiety. Speaking up is the best thing you can do!

FINALLY, #4 PREPARING TO ENTER YEAR 13

Enjoy your Summer break as much as you can. Realistically, you aren’t going to want to revise everyday during your break, nor would that be good for you. Don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself.

Perhaps look into what you’ll study next academic year and read ahead on some books or just key words.

Find a balance between work and social life with a timetable or just loosely planning ahead.

Staying Positive, Productive and Peaceful During Lockdown

Staying Positive, Productive and Peaceful During Lockdown

Yes, I’m still spending most days in my pyjamas and have been restful and languorous, however, I have recently decided that I would feel better if I could still be productive and positive during this unexpected free time.

(I understand not everybody has this privilege, such as key workers and those who need to maintain their jobs and income. I applaud these people for their persistence and hard work despite these chaotic and scary circumstances. A future post about supporting them is coming soon.)

Online…

To begin, here are some apps and websites that I’ve enjoyed utilising during this quarantine. (all free)

1. For anyone who is struggling with poor mental health/ loneliness/just wants to track their feelings, REFLECTLY is a daily mood journal that you can add to as frequently as you like, providing an opportunity for contemplation with daily questions. Personally, I use this app every night before bed to reflect on my day and find patterns in my mentality. Writing down and sharing your emotions is a great stress reliver so I highly recommend downloading this app, hopefully this can improve your mood during a difficult time.

(available on the app store)

2. PINTEREST is my current addiction. I always feel creatively motivated after scrolling through my feed and boards. There is certainly something for everyone (DIYs, interior design, makeup, comedy, celebs) but I mainly use it for fashion inspiration, pinning any outfits I like and trying to find similar pieces to incorporate into my own wardrobe. A potential idea during quarantine is to create a bucket list board of things you want to get done during lockdown and another of things you look forward to when we enter normality again.

(available in browser and on the app store)

3. For those who are struggling during lockdown because they crave the satisfaction of achieving something or alternatively have left education early due to the virus, FUTURE LEARN is an amazing platform I discovered only two days ago but was immediately impressed by. There are hundreds of free courses provided by universities covering various subjects, most of which are only a few weeks long. Personally, I’ve joined a courses on fiction writing, studying English, mental health, gender equality and fashion. Once I have completed a few courses, I’ll share my thoughts and feedback in another blog post but so far, I’m really excited by the concept.

(available in browser)

4. CALM is a well known meditation app that is perfect for relaxation. If you find yourself overwhelmed or struggling to sleep, Calm has music and masterclasses to help relieve stress, body tension and anxiety.

Offline…

If you are concerned about your screentime during this lockdown or just want to be productive without needing the internet or your phone, here is a short list of potential activities to engage in.

1. Cooking/ baking. Be it Michelin star standard or shop bought cake mixtures. (For me, the latter is more likely)

2. Reading. I’ve been reading Educated by Lara Westover and recommend this to everyone!!

3. Exercising. You could create a home circuit or go for a walk/ run (Obviously only once a day in the UK)

4. Home organisation/ cleaning. Spend this free time organising your home or just your bedroom. Maybe move around the furniture so it feels like a new and exciting space. There are probably many jobs around the house that have been put off for years that could be completed during this lockdown.

5. Listening to music. (I’ve had Harry Styles’ Fine Line on repeat)

The NHS are also looking for volunteers to do some work for them. Follow this link for more information: https://www.england.nhs.uk/participation/get-involved/volunteering/nhs-volunteer-responders/

Thanks for reading today’s post, I hope it was helpful! Feel free to share your ways of staying positive and productive in the comments below. Stay safe.

Grace x

Update!

Update!

Long time, no update… I don’t have much of an audience so doubt anyone noticed my absence HOWEVER, I’m hoping to continue regular posts for the foreseeable future!

Many things have happened since my last post… I started driving lessons, I stopped driving lessons, had a great summer, went to lots of concerts, turned 18, began revising diligently for A Levels until yesterday.

Yesterday, as most people know by now, the news broke that A Level exams are cancelled due to the global pandemic, the coronavirus. Despite being devastated that my school experience was cut short and I didn’t have time to mentally prepare for my last day, this is all for the greater good. I’m counting my blessings that I am healthy and can self isolate at home with my family and food as not everybody has those privileges.

There is a huge amount of uncertainty regarding the virus, lockdown and prolonged deprivation from social contact, which may have a detrimental affect on people’s mental health. I would love to use this blog as a form of positive escapism, as that was my goal when originally creating it.

Sending everyone lots of love and strength during this time.

Thanks for reading! Please follow if you’re interested in more (I’m really looking forward to posting lots of fashion related content as well as beauty, mental health and overall everyday lifestyle related posts)

Grace x

ℑ𝔫𝔱𝔯𝔬𝔡𝔲𝔠𝔱𝔦𝔬𝔫

ℑ𝔫𝔱𝔯𝔬𝔡𝔲𝔠𝔱𝔦𝔬𝔫

In the midst of the daunting, overwhelming and somewhat stressful environment of the internet, I decided to create a blog to serve as a form of positive and productive escapism…hence the name.

Hopefully, through this blog, I can provide entertainment, inspiration, reviews and advice for others, covering light topics such as fashion, lifestyle and travel in addition to important discussions about mental health, discrimination, social controversies and more. Hopefully there’s something for everyone!

My name is Grace and I was expecting to take my A Levels (in Philosophy, English and Psychology) this year, however, for obvious reasons they have been cancelled. Thankfully, I’m still going to university this September. Finding a balance between academics and a social life can be a struggle, however, I strongly believe having a break from work and enjoying other hobbies and interests is incredibly beneficial. As a student myself, perhaps this blog could help others who often feel trapped, stressed and anxious about their workload, future or life in general.

As cringeworthy as it sounds, you’re never alone in your mentality, even if it often feels that way. Having somebody to relate or talk to can lift a weight off your shoulders. Ideally, I’d love my blog to be a catalyst for open conversations and a support network for anyone that needs it.

So, welcome to my blog, thank you for reading and I hope you visit soon.

Grace x