Alicia writes about a variety of topics including mental illness, languages, education and cats. She also loves writing poetry and fiction. Alicia lives in Rutland, England with her partner, cat and dog.
Find her on Twitter: @aliciabrunskill
Learn a Foreign Language at Home - Part One
I’m that person you know who loves languages, is always learning several at once, and who even made an embarrassing attempt at creating their own language as a child. This love stretches to my own language and, to be honest, words in general.
Coping with Sleep Deprivation
Not getting your eight hours a night puts you in a strange place, your needs become a little different to those of people who sleep and recharge at night. Your outlook becomes different too, often quite negative because of the constant lack of good, refreshing sleep. After not sleeping well for a long time, I made changes to my daily routine to make the days a little easier and to encourage my body to sleep.
Language Learning Apps
After trying out quite a few language learning apps, I’ve settled on my favourite four. I’d like to share with you the benefits and drawbacks of each and how they can be of use to you as a learner and a teacher.
Depression and Sleep
The longer that I have suffered from depression, the more complex my relationship with sleep has become. Not being able to have a consistent store of energy is one of the most frustrating aspects of this illness, both because I try so hard to do all the things you’re supposed to do to get a good night’s sleep, and because it is absolutely no fun being tired all the time despite whatever you try. Depression tiredness is more complicated than not getting eight hours of rest a night, but how is sleep affected by this disorder?
Books That Have Helped Me During Depression
Most of the books that have struck a chord with me during bouts of deep depression have done so because the ruling emotion (or sensation) I was feeling from the disorder was present in that book. I couldn’t read anything else or engage with it as deeply. It was a way for me to explore what I was feeling through someone else’s situation, before seeing it there in my own life. I think when I’m reading books in this state of feeling depression so keenly, I’m looking for answers more than ever. Therefore, I examine scenes in the books over and over and wonder why they resonate so much with me. I wonder, what has happened to make me feel so connected to this book?
When Your Chest Feels Like It’s Going to Explode from Anxiety
On days like this it’s a battle to get anything done, make decisions, focus and not lose your temper. Your body is taking you on a ride that you didn’t ask to go on, all because your faulty alarm system has been triggered; and you never have the code to turn it off.
Depression, Anxiety and Travelling
Travelling with mental illness brings a lot of different challenges from being at home but also some of the same familiar ones, too. I have been diagnosed with mixed depression and generalised anxiety disorder so most of the challenges I am going to talk about will relate to the ones I face because of these illnesses.
Losing Your Sense of Urgency to Depression
Despite deadlines looming, barely any food in the fridge, medication dwindling, your depression brain wants to put everything off. Everything can wait. And even when the supplies do finally run out, it’s a mammoth effort to get up and out to re-stock. You reschedule tasks for the next day, and the next day; moving through each one at a snail’s pace that you can’t change. It’s like slogging through mud every day with a tired resignation that this is how it is until the depression begins to lift a little.