Talking is a hugely important part of normalising discussions surrounding mental health, breaking down barriers and making change possible. But there is so much more to be done.
Directed by Michelle Smith, Silent Mind is an informative and emotional production that follows four different strangers whose paths cross at one train station, all embarking on journeys of self-discovery and change.
I do not offer this as a definitive description of what it is like for everyone to wake up with depression, but it is an offering, a thought, an imagination, and a representation of one morning, for one person, at one time.
It's the end of Mental Health Awareness Week. Like many others out there, I've spent the last five days trying to work out how to contribute to this with my own thoughts.
Today is Time to Talk Day – 24-hours put aside to remind us all why mental health should be part of our conversations every day. I've written a personal poem that seems perfect for today. It's my way of talking.
When it seems like everyone under the sun turns into the Lord or Lady of Christmas Cheer at this time of year – when all you see are adverts full of excess and happiness and excitement and magic – it's so hard to accept that you're not quite feeling it this time around.
I want to talk about summertime yoga, practicing in the heatwave, and fitting in my stretches around staycations.
One month into my yoga journey, I ask myself: am I really making time for, and prioritising, my yoga practice?
Here's what I've learned after one month of regular yoga practice; from sweat to self-consciousness.
Do I have the strength, skill, stamina and mindset to take on yoga and reap the benefits? Join me on my yogi journey over the next few months with the wonderful team at In Balance Hot Yoga.