Top 5 Coping Strategies: THE VIDEO

Hey y’all it’s been a while aint it?! Well, I started the whole YouTube channel and I am humbled to say in the 4 weeks I’ve had it, over 60 of you have subscribed! Holy moly! I’ll be doing as many posts as I can (with better transitions and yorkshire style outtakes). If you love a good Yorkshire accent and some chitchat about mental health and wellbeing, then take a gander.

Here’s my Top 5 Coping Strategies Video. You can also check out the written blog post I did from a while ago.

 

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Mental Health Is A Part Of Us All- Yes, Us All!

We have physical health, and we have mental health. It should be quite simple, right? Well, it feels like common sense- that our health is us as a whole, that we need to take care of our bodies and minds as one. Then how come mental health isn’t spoken about as much? Sometimes our mental health even comes with physical symptoms. Chest pains, loss of appetite, migraines, fatigue etc. It’s all linked, and our mind controls everything too! Ever get a tummy pain or a headache, and the more you think about how much it hurts- the more you feel it hurting somehow? When we focus on our pains or aches with our thoughts, the more our pains and aches control our thinking, our ability to concentrate and even our mobility as a person. Well, it all loops back to our thoughts and our mental state. This is our mental health. Whether you know it or not, you have mental health. Just like we all breathe in oxygen, have bones, skin, as well as blood flowing through our veins. It’s a part of us, and we have to take care of it.

Having a healthy mind is just as important as a health body

The next time you see someone in the street, or on their way to work, even in your workplace- just remember they have mental health. We aaallll have mental health! You are not alone, we all go through something- and you deserve to be ok. Every single person on this big huge rock we call our home has a mental state, even if we don’t talk about it. Our health is part of us all, whether we can see it or not.

Take care of yourself you, and keep real!

A list of helplines are on my blog, and if you feel you’d like to read more on mental health, type ‘mental health’ into the search bar ❤

Free Mental Health Apps

I previously posted a review on my Best Mental Wellness Apps, but I’ve been researching and collecting all sorts of information for my important presentation on Monday. Sooooo, I found two more wonderful bits of technology that can really help some folk out. I thought I’d quickly share them with you. And free too! Even better!wpid-img_20151004_105008.jpg

Not many people realise, that there are apps for mental wellness. Let’s use technology that we have to really help our wellbeing ❤ Apps aren’t just for games and social networking, but for us to use to our advantage.

Stay Alive App – If you’re needing immediate support concerning thoughts about harming yourself or suicide; this is an excellent app for just that. It includes tools and advice on a safety plan, reasons for living and gives some wonderful tips to calm you down. You can download from either Google Play or the App Store.

Healthy Habits – Ok, this is really cool- it aids your habits while you are
online. Healthy Habits prompts you throughout your day using your phone, or computer to take breaks in between your uses. I think it’s a wonderful idea for this app to notify you when you need a break! It’s a little idea that can really help you take time to be kind to yourself ❤

 

Who’s that girl? An Introduction to kimmykeepreal

Hey sweet and wonderful folk! I hope you’re enjoying the week so far, and keeping all wrapped up for the cold weather!

Who’s that girl, huh? Looking at the most viewed posts here on kimmykeepreal.com, quite a lot of you want to know more about me personally, and about my business Keep Real (which is so flippin lovely to see you interested!). I discuss a heck of a lot concerning mental wellness, but never realllyyy about the brain/blonde behind the scenes.

So the first question really is…who is kimmykeepreal? What the heck does she do? I’ll try and tell you… If I can.

Well, firstly I’m a counselling therapy graduate currently starting my own small business ‘Keep Real’ based in Yorkshire, England. Keep Real is an upcoming clothing and goods brand dedicated12445973_944267862289161_907345107_n to creating sweet threads and accessories to inspire wellness, make people feel real good inside and out with a ‘keepin’ it real’ ethos. It’s quite a large part of my life, and I’m determined to make it into the movement it deserves to be! Also, I’m a freelance artist/illustrator. Although I design for my business, I design or collaborate with other businesses and creatives too. With all the arty farty rad things going on- I’m also an activist for mental health. I’m currently writing up a presentation to give to the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust discussing the impact of depression in young people. My public speaking game has gotta be strong!

 

I’m a sucker wpid-img_20150923_165211.jpgfor collecting records, hardbacks and Wonder Woman comics. My choice of music can be a little obscure compared to other tastes; so bands like Turnover, Brand New, Basement and Seahaven. You’ll find most of the bands I listen to are on labels such as Run For Cover, Deathwish and TopShelf Records. Back in the teenage years, I was a huuuggeee Paramore fan and continue to support them (I hear they’re working on a new record as we speak- so rad!). Can’t deny that Bieber is dropping some serious beats lately, so you may catch me listening to him or The Weeknd. Depends on my mood. I want to thank working in a music and film store for 3 years for my wild and wonderful tastes in music!

I have a habit for writing…a lot. I think I have about 5 notebooks on the go, one for scribbling, one for ideas, one as a diary, and a couple for business notes. It helps me process what’s going in my head. Sometimes I feel a little lost if I don’t write down how I feel, or don’t write about my week. When I struggled with anxiety a couple of years ago now, writing was extremely cathartic. When I was over-thinking, or my head was in a strange mess, writing was quite the saviour. There’s something about seeing your thoughts written down in your own hand. You can make more sense of it, and how you truly feel. Or maybe I just write a lot. It’s a system that works, and that’s just fine with me!

You’ll also note that my Instagram is mostly filled with outfit choices, things that interest/inspire me, my artwork and other sweet little gems I come across. The odd selfie or two, but I tend not to post many at all!

I hope this little snippet feeds your need to know a lil’ more. Check back tomorrow for some sweet little pick me ups ❤

Sending all my good thoughts to you, and as always – keep real! ❤

 

 

Anxiety and University

Afternoon folks, hope you are all enjoying your week so far! If you’ve been following my blog a while, or have read my personal post over on Rethink and/or heard my broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind concerning teenage mental health- you will know that during my first year at University, I struggled with anxiety. After seeking help through the University’s well-being services, I sought Counselling which turned out to be mindfulness based. I still practice mindfulness every day! I wouldn’t say anxiety is a part of my life as much as it had been, but sometimes it plays a role. It’s a natural part to life, like wanting to be on time for work or passing an exam. It’s just the balance of managing and being aware of your responses to it.

I found an article that was published in the Guardian quite recently discussing anxiety and University that I thought would be a great read. It also has 10 Tips for Anxious Students at the bottom of the page. Click here for the article.

Happy reading folks! Much love, and as always – keep real! ❤ x

Winter Blues – How To Beat It!

Hey folks! I hope this post finds you well! It’s been a week or so since my last post- but I have much planned to fill this blog up with some lil’ tips and posts full of mental wellness and motivation!

It’s mid November already! Can you believe it?! Most folk struggle more with their mental health (as well as physical too!) in the winter months. However, despite this ongoing problem that quite a lot of us experience, with a mild form of ‘winter blues’, some of us also experience SAD this time of year. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD, or otherwise known as summertime sadness or seasonal depression) is a form of depression that here in the UK, is said to affect about 1 in 15 people. There are many forms of depression, which can find here on Rethink. Symptoms for SAD generally appear between September and November, and continue until March or April, when there may be a sudden burst of energy and activity wpid-img_20151022_220531.jpgaccompanying the longer, brighter spring and summer days. Symptoms can include lethargy, loss of concentration, sleep problems, anxiety and social problems (please find more information over at the Mental Health Foundation)

We all feel down now and then, but winter for some can be quite a difficult time, with or without a diagnosed mental health problem. We all have to take care of ourselves the best we can ❤ Here are 3 key tips to keep you going, and to cope with the longer days and colder nights
. Be safe folks, and stay well.

  1. Try get outside in the daylight if you can. Even if its that small lunch break at work, soak up as much natural daylight as possible. If not outside, sit near the windows if possible and chose colours in your room that are pale to reflect light from outside. ❤
  2. Keep warm. Wrap yourself up with all your jumpers, scarves and hats- like the warmest little burrito possible! Hot drinks and food will also fill that wonderful tummy up of yours. Whether that be hot chocolate, green tea, broths, soups- you name it! Eat up and stay snug.
  3. Stay active. I know it’s cold and very chilly on the bones- but you gotta move about! Whether that be running up and down the stairs a few times, doing yoga, going for a walk round your house, or doing some stretches. One hour’s walk in the middle of the day can be just as helpful as light treatment or therapy.

I’m on BBC Radio 4 Tonight for Mental Health!

Hi folks! Here’s a quick reminder that I’ll be on the radio this evening at 9pm (GMT)! It’s for a new series of ‘All in the Mind’ for BBC Radio 4 with Claudia Hammond, which will be discussing teenage mental health here in the UK. There is increased awareness of mental health, as we have programmes talking about it a little bit more, however- there is a rise in teen mental health problems. Here’s the infographic for the programme this evening! cover170x170

As evidence accumulates that mental health problems are on the rise amongst adolescents, are services keeping up? Claudia Hammond is joined by a panel of experts to discuss teenage mental health.

Professor Shirley Reynolds, Dr Dickon Bevington, Kimberley Robinson and Sarah Hulyer discuss the pressures teenagers face and how the mental health of our adolescents is changing. They also offer thoughts on how services could be reshaped to cope with this changing demand and what parents can do to help their teenagers.

I talk about my experiences of mental health problems concerning anxiety and thoughts on what can be changed. I don’t want to give too much away! I’m so humbled to be part of the discussion, and on the flippin’ BBC!! It is so so important.

Here’s the link to the programme: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06kch0z

If you do miss it, you can download it as a podcast at 10pm or any time/day/week after. It will be available after the first broadcast, so please give it a listen! The repeat broadcast will be Wednesday at 3.30pm (GMT)

Sending all my good lil vibes to you, and as always – keep real! Let me know if you catch the programme and tell me what you think! ❤ x