Anxiety and University

Afternoon folks, hope you are all enjoying your week so far! If you’ve been following my blog a while, or have read my personal post over on Rethink and/or heard my broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind concerning teenage mental health- you will know that during my first year at University, I struggled with anxiety. After seeking help through the University’s well-being services, I sought Counselling which turned out to be mindfulness based. I still practice mindfulness every day! I wouldn’t say anxiety is a part of my life as much as it had been, but sometimes it plays a role. It’s a natural part to life, like wanting to be on time for work or passing an exam. It’s just the balance of managing and being aware of your responses to it.

I found an article that was published in the Guardian quite recently discussing anxiety and University that I thought would be a great read. It also has 10 Tips for Anxious Students at the bottom of the page. Click here for the article.

Happy reading folks! Much love, and as always – keep real! ❤ x

What University Taught Me About Mental Health- A Post for Rethink Mental Illness

Hi folks and good morning to you all! I hope this post finds you well. Rethink Mental Illness asked me to do a post for them about my experiences with mental health- which coincides with A Level Results Day today.Rethink

Anxiety controlled my life throughout my college years and part of University, so I wanted to share my story for anyone who is thinking about going to University (or not!) about dealing with anxiety. There are links at the bottom of the post for those wishing to learn more about mental health.

If you’d like to check it out- please click the link here!

Much love to everyone, always ❤

Good Food = Good Mood

Now, over the last three years as a University Student- the top main dishes of choice are either spag bol, pasta, instant mash or toast. Eating well (never mind healthy!) is the last priority in the pockets of a student, or anyone who has better things to spend their money on.food_for_mood1

Alas, I am coming to the end of my University life and I made a few changes this year. I have been determined to have the mindset ‘I would rather spend more money on healthy and better foods than spend less on cheap/ microwave alternatives’. I used to pick out all the microwave £1 meals, slapping them all into my basket like it was going out of fashion.

But here I am, feeling a lot better than ever by slapping away the microwave meals.

I started drinking a lot of green tea to start off with (you can check out Green Tea benefits here), but I’ve been having PG Tips Green Tea with Lemon. Without the lemon, it can be a little harsh on the ol’ taste buds- so lemon is super refreshing! A great tip if you just have green tea without any other flavouring, put a little honey in it. Super yummy!

Also, I have a book called ‘The Food Doctor: Healing Foods for Mind and Body’ (which you can find here) helping me 51TQEYHTBPL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_to pick the right foods for my diet. It tells you all the benefits of different foods in various food groups, giving you the tools to choose what kind of nutrients you need! Also, it has a chapter on veganism, as well as food for energy boosters and a ‘good food, good mood’ section.

By using fresh foods and ingredients, I feel so much better in myself. When I have takeaways (as nice as they can be now and then!), I feel bloated and just not comfortable. Yeah it tastes great after a night out or when you can’t be bothered to cook, but the day after my body is telling me ‘hell noooo…we dont like this! give us the good stuff!’. Everyone knows I love a good pizza, and when it says it ‘serves 4’ …it just serves me.

Making little changes to your diet can really improve your mood. So go on, try something new! Spruce up that lifestyle and diet of yours and be confident!! ❤

January- Keepin’ it Real

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January 1st, 2015. Filey by Kimberley Robinson

As a tradition, the Robinson Family go on an adventure on New Years Day. A killer wind and drastic tides of the East Coast was our destination. After our walk on the beach, we had fish & chips with a classic cup of tea. A wander through the amusements and I had some loose change to pay for fresh donuts for the family.

Since I’ve been back at my home in South Yorkshire (I study in the West), I have been trying to do my Dissertation. Being a final year University student has been, up to this point- beyond difficult. I’ve chosen a crazy ass subject totally irrelevant to my Counselling Therapy Degree (I’m researching the definition of creativity and discussing it’s biological foundations). But I am determined to do well, so this week I am bound to my research papers.

I have found solace in some of my favourite records. If you haven’t already given any of these a listen, please go ahead and check them out!

Now, Now- Threads (check them out here!) This band hail from Minnesota and were formerly called ‘Now, Now Every Children’. This record is the perfect combination of indie rock and synth. If I could find the vinyl in stock somewhere, I’d be straight in there waving my hands around potentially fangirling.

Balance & Composure – The Things We Think We’re Missing  (check them out here!) I have loved B&C since I first started college, and their latest record is just. well. brilliance.

Lorde- Pure Heroine (check her out here!) Now, Lorde for me didn’t necessarily stand out for me on first listen, but the track Ribs’ I absolutely adore. She is so young yet creates an insane pop record.

So what records do you love at the moment?

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January 1st, 2015. Filey Sea by Kimberley Robinson
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Enjoy the rest of your Sunday! x

thoughts of the week

Well after being chuffed about being interviewed by Sheffield Unchained, my week has been quite a busy one! Today is my only day off for a while, so I have been trying to do all my Christmas shopping as well as starting my dissertation and CBT case study. In truth this week hasn’t stopped at all. It feels like I don’t have time to really roll around under my duvet munching on cheese puffs like I wanna. On the other hand, I think I’d freak out with a day of nothing. Anyway, here’s some highlights from my week.

Found a real cool musician called ‘Shakey Graves‘ and I honestly recommend him. Quite Jeff Buckley influenced I’d say, and mad as hell guitar skills. I was just searching through Audiotree sessions (which I bloody love) and he popped up. Finger picking king that he is, apparently he’s also been in films like ‘Material Girls’ and ‘Spy Kids 3′. Who knew huh. But yeah, some of my favourite tracks include ‘If Not For You’ from his latest record ‘And The War Came’ and ‘Built To Roam’ from ‘Roll the Bones’. love love love his music!

On another musical note (heh, my jokes are the epitome of terrible), thanks to my wonderful boyfriend I will be seeing one of my favourite bands for the second time on Tuesday! I have been a fan of Marmozets since they were bringing out tracks on their ‘Passive Aggressive’ EP. I bought one of their first shirts and listened hard to their scratchy vocals and freaky cool time signatures. It’s rad that they’re from Yorkshire. Plus seeing them hanging round Slam Dunk when I was- to them playing there a couple of years later…then Glasto…and touring absolutely everywhere. It brings a Yorkshire tear to my eye, with utter pride and admiration. So I honestly cannot wait to see them again, and to play their latest record ‘The Weird and Wonderful’. 

Also, I got a beautiful letter from my Nan. I have been writing letters to both sets of Grandparents since I moved out to go to University. It’s so much more rewarding than emails or texts. The effort and the feel of ripping open that envelope, reading the words they wrote just for you that I adore and cherish. I love writing to them!! She hoped I was well and sent a ‘guardian angel’ to watch over me- which she had made out of felt and wool and stuck it on with glue. So cute! I keep all my letters in a Vans shoe box with envelopes slightly in tact.

So yeah! Those are my three things of the week, and here is a lovely lil’ photo I found too to make you smile 🙂

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