• HEALTH, INSPIRING

    COPING WITH A CHRONIC ILLNESS (PLUS A PANDEMIC)

    Emma wrote about her experience of Endometriosis for MOAL a couple of years ago and it continues to be one that stays with me, so when she reached out with a follow-up piece on living with a chronic health condition during Covid-19 I jumped at the chance to share it…

  • HEALTH, MENTAL HEALTH

    HOW OUR CHILDHOOD MAKES US WHO WE ARE

    It's interesting to consider how this chapter of lockdown is going to impact our children, isn't it? Though it's been unbelievably challenging, there's sure to be positives to them spending so much time in the cocoon of home with their parents/care-givers close-at-hand. Only time will tell. Though written pre-covid-19, this list from Clinical Psychologist Dr Lucy Maddox is a great introduction to Child development studies:…

  • BODY IMAGE, MENTAL HEALTH

    ME, MY SKIN AND I

    How we look and how we feel about ourselves are, unfortunately, often inextricably linked. Here Jade Tomlin shares the impact her adult acne had on her, including her mental health. …

  • MUST READ, THOUGHT-PROVOKING, WORK & MONEY

    EMERGENCY HOME SCHOOLING (OR NOT)

    The pressure on parents to try and hold to down a job, whilst maintaining their kid's education and stay sane and do it all under one roof and only getting out of the house once a day is A LOT. Kathryn is an ex-teacher, Mother of 3, turned business owner (she is the founder of Nana's Manners) and this is here encapsulation of the current situation:…

  • MENTAL HEALTH

    ANTIDEPRESSANT WITHDRAWAL

    This week's author wishes to remain anonymous, but their voice comes through loud and clear as she shares her ongoing experience of managing her mental health and the impact of the antidepressant medication she was prescribed:…

  • Uncategorized

    LIFE IN LOCKDOWN WITH OUR AUTISTIC SON

    I heard a great quote the other day (can't remember where, unfortunately) which said that although we are all physically divided at the moment, the shared experience of trying to navigate a pandemic means we have more in common than ever before. That said,  there a those whose current circumstance present a significantly greater challenge. To (belatedly) mark Autism Awareness Week Charlotte shares her experience of 'Life in Lockdown with her Autistic Son'.…

  • BODY IMAGE, HEALTH, MENTAL HEALTH

    ‘FANNY FEAR’ AKA VAGINISMUS

    As friends started going through puberty and expressing an interest in linking their vagina with sexual pleasure Sarah began to understand that she felt different... here she talks through her 'fanny fear' and in particular how she coped with one of the biggest challenges: childbirth.…