Yesterday I went to Crossfit and enjoyed a vigorous 90 minute session of weightlifting. For those 90-minutes my mind was solely focused on the task at hand with no concern other than lifting 60kg above my head taking up my mental space. I finished the workout invigorated. I managed to hit a few personal bests, was praised for my technique on some of the lifts, and enjoyed socialising with the other members. To say the least, my mood was great. It was no surprise then that walking home a sense of unease began to fall across me. Not quite full-blown…


I recently saw a video in which an influencer was talking about how “everything that is meant for you, is not going to pass you” and I disagree.

Everything that is meant for you, WILL pass you if you don’t put in the work.

Hope is simply not enough. Not in a world where our actions help manifest our life. It was a monumental moment for me when I began to realise that taking active steps each day was the way to create the life I wanted. Simply sitting back and trusting gods plan, the universe, or any other “higher…


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The more I research I do on psychology and the brain, the more I realise the brain is both fascinatingly complex and deceivingly simple. Today I wanted to touch on that.

Our brains can’t tell the difference between reality and our thoughts.

Practically, this only makes sense. For example, It doesn’t matter if an anxiety sufferer is experiencing an anxious situation or imagining it, they will…


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I wake up bright-eyed, ah- another day. My mood is perky, the porridge oats taste lovely and my morning playlist is hitting all the right notes. It’s 8 am. I might write a blog post, edit a YouTube video, meditate, or simply relax. With so many possibilities, I look forward to seeing where my day takes me. The world is my oyster, you may say. My goals are fixed firmly in my mind as I move through the morning with unrequited ease. The gym session runs fairly smoothly, too. …


This past weekend I went out drinking. On Friday, on Saturday, and then on Sunday. Fast-forward to Thursday this week and I’ve finally cleaned up the moldy pizza I dragged myself out of bed Monday afternoon to eat. Lesson to learn? When I drink, my life suffers. In fairness, it was the first bank holiday weekend out of substantial restrictions here in the UK and I have worked tirelessly the past few months, so a blowout was warranted.

Excuses aside, as mentioned prior, my life suffered.

5 days later and starting to feel like me again, I wanted to talk…


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The constant chase for more information became exhausting.

I’d like to start by saying I am an avid advocate for self-help consumption when it’s coming from the right place, however, for me, my relationship to self-help became unhealthy. Maybe I read too many psychology-today articles, too many books, or listened to too many podcasts. Maybe the constant chase for someone outside of myself to reassure me that I was a good, sane person was actually wearing me down.

In fact…


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Overthinking is a problem. Like, a really big problem.

Overthinking doesn’t get you anywhere. Point, blank, and period. It’s a waste of time yet so many of us are caught in its grasps hour after hour, day after day. What gives? Why do we have this incessant need…


Anonymous Male Sitting On A Boat Above Water By Rachel Claire

I use to be someone who sat in their misery and sat in their pain. Sad songs, sad movies, if it was sad you best believe I was engulfed in it. There was little to no awareness behind what role my trials and tribulations served in my life. I was merely a victim in an autobiography where everything went wrong.

As in most cases where we aren’t taking the universe’s sign to wake up, it took a cosmic two-by-four to the side of the head to finally smack me back to reality. OCD I had not faced had driven me…


Turns out that a wandering mind is an unhappy mind

Excessive mind-wandering has consistently been shown to correlate with mental conditions such as anxiety, OCD, depression, ADHD, and general unhappiness. To put it simply, the more time we are spending in our heads, the greater the likelihood that we will suffer. From personal experience, I can vouch for this.

Our minds are naturally inclined to think more negatively than positively. Evolutionarily speaking, this served a purpose. To keep our minds switched on to the swathes of potential threats our ancestors were susceptible to. Much has changed since our ancestors’ days…


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Before we begin, if you have not subscribed to my YouTube channel, then why not! I post new videos every Wednesday on topics relating to mental health and personal development. This week I spoke about facing your fears. This compliments today's topic very well. Any support is greatly appreciated. Now, let's begin.

The battle of overcoming self-sabotaging behaviours is a challenging one as the enemy lies within

Ah, self-sabotage. We have met many times as I am sure we will again. There is no greater guilt than the one felt when we fail at the hands of our own behavior. The broken relationships, the missed opportunities, the goals never met, and the wellbeing of ourselves…

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