I am a writer, actor, and singer/songwriter from Manchester, UK.
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Things to Remember
Michael and George parked their hire car outside the Meadow Brook Care Home situated a thirty-mile drive from Shannon airport. It was their first time in Ireland, they’d planned to visit for some time, but this trip didn’t feel like a holiday.
Comfort in the Stars
Many dismiss astrology as nothing more than a myth. A joke amongst friends. ‘My horoscope says I’m going to win the lottery tonight lol’. For me, I’ve always found the stars to be a comfort. Strangers suddenly seem less ominous, less distant, less like strangers when I find out their sign.
Bored in lockdown? 21 ways to make the most out of staying at home!
Eat, watch Netflix, eat some more, scroll through Instagram, sleep, and do it again. Does this sound like you? Nearly a year into the pandemic, motivation is at an all-time low. Some days it feels pointless to do anything but scroll through social media, and that’s completely valid. You do not have to do a single thing right now. However, from personal experience from this past year having something to look forward to each day, having goals, new things to do and learn, has been the biggest positive from the doom and gloom of the pandemic – I’ve had time to do the things I’m always too swamped in the hustle and bustle of life to do.
I WANT MY LIFE BACK (and that's completely valid)
We weren't taught growing up how to be "ok" during a pandemic, so therefore anything you are feeling is completely valid. And that also includes wanting your life back.
Testing Positive For Covid-19 With Health Anxiety
It’s been nearly three weeks now since I tested positive for Covid-19. Throughout the first lockdown I was living with my parents who are classed as vulnerable. For three months I followed the rules, and then some, to protect my parents. I didn’t see friends or my partner, I didn’t go to the supermarket, and for a while we didn’t even go for walks – which wasn’t very good for our mental health, but for a family that constantly go to the doctor for health screenings and lump checks, having the news blast in our faces daily that thousands of people are dying daily from the pandemic had our anxiety out of control. ‘What’s a few months in the long run really?’, my mum continuously exclaimed. What didn’t help once more was that a close family friend was fighting for his life in the ICU who had no underlying health issues and was younger than my parents. A cloud was over the house daily as they contacted the hospital for updates and only increased our anxiety. For these reasons and more, the pandemic has been one anxiety bomb after another for suffers of anxiety.
Motivation To Keep You Moving During Lockdown!
When the world first came crashing to a halt back in March my routine was completely thrown out the window. I lead a relatively active lifestyle, I swim every other day, I try to go to the gym a few times a week, I do yoga, I’m generally on the go rushing from one place to the next. And suddenly, I wasn’t doing any of these things, I couldn’t swim, I couldn’t do classes at the gym, there was nowhere for me to be. I felt the effect this had on the body, initally my mood was low, my routine was thrown out of the window. Luckily I managed to figure out a way to keep my body active, moving, from my very own home, which ultimately resulted in a better mood and lots of positive endorphins without leaving my own home.
Experiencing 'Health Anxiety'
It’s worse at night. It’s 11pm, I’m lay in bed reading a book, alarm set for eight, and suddenly my brain connects my recent fatigue, a sore throat, and choking on the quorn nuggets I ate for dinner (which FYI are delicious) into a fear that I may have some sort of incurable cancer. I open google, which is never a good thing yet I convince myself I’m being responsible checking on my health, and my mind spirals out of control when the symptoms I’ve been experiencing lead me onto the NHS page for oesophagus cancer. I’m overwhelmed, scared, panicked. I need someone to help me stop this disease but the doctors aren’t open, nobody is awake, nobody can help. What if the endoscopy I had 6 months ago missed something? What if I’ve been ignoring symptoms and it’s too late? What if the doctor won’t send me for tests due to coronavirus?