MJ Interviews Esme – The Mirror Girl

Welcome To Kyrosmagica! So lovely to see you Esme. MJ: Tell us about your life Esme. Esme: I’ve had two lives, and both are hard to understand. In my past life I appeared to be free but never experienced freedom. I felt trapped in my body and my mind didn’t feel that it fitted, like a puzzle piece trying to correspond to the wrong shape. My mind rebelled; I self-harmed. Now that I am a prisoner in the mirrors of Amelina’s house, I can’t self-harm.  I can’t do anything. I’m a victim of a curse but I’m not the only victim. MJ: Why did you self-harm? Esme: Everyone expected me to be perfect. I couldn’t cope. The pressure kept building up and up. It was my way of dealing. My personal punch bag. MJ: That makes me so sad.  I wish I could help you. Esme: I know you do. You feel my pain and wrote about it in your novel. MJ: I tried to do it justice; I hope in some small way I succeeded. Esme: You did. But can we talk about something else? This is making me anxious. MJ: Of course, is it okay to talk about the curse? Or is that off-limits? Esme: No, that’s okay. MJ: Who else was a victim? Esme: Amelina’s dad. MJ: What about the rest of the family? Esme: They’re trapped too but they’re not prisoners. Hey, wait a minute. They are prisoners in a way… sometimes you don’t have to be a […]

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#MentalHealthAwarenessDay

My TED talk on How To Cope With Anxiety. Feel free to share #anxiety https://t.co/L5xKCSQ7KB — Olivia Remes (@OliviaRoxann) 11 May 2017 We had Olivia Remes visit our work today for #MentalHealthAwarenessDay. Olivia is a  PhD candidate at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health.  She gave a talk about mental health focussing on anxiety, depression and compulsive obsessive disorder. Unfortunately,  I wasn’t able to record today’s talk so instead I thought I’d share the above link I found on twitter. Also this article is very interesting: Naked Scientists – Is Social Media Affecting Mental Health. I do believe there is a lot of truth in this, we need to switch off our phones at bedtime – the constant sound of them beeping in the night cannot be good for us! I always leave mine well out of earshot! But, the younger generation are particularly prone to doing this. SWITCH OFF YOUR MOBILES AT BEDTIME!!!! You can read Olivia’s other articles here: https://www.cam.ac.uk/people/olivia-remes What do you think? Is the overuse of social media damaging our mental health? Are we in danger of becoming depressed by all the hyped up positivity we see on Facebook? Please comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts.  

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Guest Post: BetterHelp #MentalHealth

What is This Feeling of Emptiness I am Feeling? Sometimes it just feels like something is missing. Or like everything is missing and you just have no idea why you are here and what you should be doing. Everyone feels things differently so whatever you are feeling, it is important. Your body or mind may be trying to tell you something. Maybe there is something physical going on that is causing you to feel this way. Or it could be that you are depressed or anxious about something. This commonly happens to people after the loss of a job or the end of a relationship. It may just be that you are bored and need a new hobby or something.   What Is Wrong with Me? You may be able to figure this out on your own just by thinking about what is going on in your life. Another way to determine why you have these feelings is to start a journal. Sometimes, the only way to figure it out is to talk to someone. A friend or family member may be able to help you figure out what is going on with you. However, many of us would rather not burden our loved ones with these kinds of things. Often, our friends and family members are biased and just tell us what they think we want to hear. Therefore, it is sometimes better to talk to a stranger than […]

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Guest Post – Cat Davis – Four Quotes to Help You And Me Understand Bi-Polar

  Hello Marje’s fans! My name is Cat, and I am a 20 year old diagnosed with Bipolar 1 disorder. Writing is one of my main coping mechanisms for accepting my diagnosis, so I am thrilled to share a part of me with you today. Bipolar sounds like a terrifying, debilitating, life-changing disorder…and it definitely is. At times. When I […]

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