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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Self Love

It’s so much easier to love other people, than to love ourselves. It sucks, but it’s true. Unconditional love is a complete and whole love without limitations. Accepting ourselves is so important, and unconditional love comes from within, before we can completely and  unconditionally love others. Go with your gut, trust yourself and accept all of the things that make up who you are as a person (that’s your bad habits and flaws too!). Remember, your body is a beautiful thing. It heals you without any conscious thought. You’re here breathing, and moving your eyes along the screen. Your body is your temple, and it’s worshipping you every day!Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 12.47.51.png

Feeling comfortable in your own skin is difficult, but important to your wellness. We always pick out our flaws as a person, then cannot understand why others do not see them as strongly as we do, if at all. For example, If I’m worried about my skin, or a bad habit I have- my friends seem baffled. I think a lovely way to the journey of self love is the saying ‘treat yourself how you would treat your best friend’. We all have days where we’re not so confident in ourselves, and feel uncomfortable in our bodies. It’s ok. Who is 100% happy with themselves all of the time? No one. Treat yourself with kindness, and the world will bring it back to you in abundance. Be gentle, you’re doing so well already ❤

We need to feel secure in ourselves, so it’s that little bit easier to not rely on others for happiness. If we constantly look to others for acceptance, how will we truly learn to love ourselves? We need to seek it within, so loving becomes such a wonderful and rad thing.

Be gentle with yourself, you ❤

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 ❤

After The Rush

Hey folks, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!! I’ve personally been laying low on the blogging front, as I’ve been working like mad before the rush of festivities and due to personal reasons, have taken a gap out to spend more time with the family. My heart has been elsewhere, but I’m sure you’ve been busy soaking up all the food, drinks, love and presents!

So after the rush of Christmas, what now?

Perhaps you’re already thinking of 2016, what it will bring, what you want to happen. Or maybe you’re thinking of nursing that food baby, and regretting your decision to eat the whole trifle with the last of that chocolate log your Grandma made you.

Whatever you’re thinking of, I hope you feel all that festive fuzz and enjoy each and every moment. The important thing is, is to focus on the present. Enjoy what’s happening now. Take some deep breaths, and go with the flow.

After the Christmas period, and after the New Year too- we also put pressure on ourselves to make resolutions, and perhaps regret some decisions made the year gone by. We regret we spent too much in the sales, ate too much, drank too much, did that thing in summer you wish you hadn’t or maybe regretted something you wish happened. There’s so much we wish happened differently, and it sucks that by the end of the year, our thoughts are sometimes consumed with the negativity of the year instead of the good.

2015, the 365 days you had, has made you who you are; right here, right now. Do not regret, or feel that you wish things were different. Celebrate what you have done, or haven’t, and grow from your experiences. There is so much more to come, and what possibilities to look forward to! Who knows what 2016 brings. How exciting is that?! That you are awaiting experiences you’ve never had, opportunities that are yet to come, and dreams waiting to be made a reality.

❤ you can do this, reflect on 2015 with a smile and be thankful of your year to come.

Sending all my ❤ to you and your families. Thank you for reading and as always – keep real! xxxx

Elderly Mental Health at Christmas

Afternoon you! I hope this post finds you well. After the most recent advertisements such as the John Lewis Advert (which has been viewed over 21 million times!) highlighting elderly mental health this time of year, and the loneliness folk feel in general, kindness this year doesn’t go unnoticed. I found an in depth article exploring the world of a woman in his 90’s describing his experiences, and how to never underestimate the elderly5power of kindness.

Find the article here.

According to the Mental Health Foundation, 1 in 5 older people have depression who live in the community, and a staggering 2 in 5 who live in care homes. However, these statistics are from 2002- so the potentially of these figures could have risen this year in 2015.

If you’re wanting to know more about mental health in the elderly, or would like to volunteer locally, please go to Contact the Elderly or Age UK.

 

❤ Sending all my love to my readers, and as always- keep real x

I’ve Entered the UK Blog Awards!

Good afternoon sweetpeas! I hope you’re having the best day so far and kick some butt!

I’ve entered the UK Blog Awards in the category of Health & Social Care. If you fancy nominating my blog, you can do so here

My nominee details I’ve just popped down below, to make the nomination easier for you to do! Thank you so much for your time and if you nominate me- I send you all the love and good vibes to you! You are a gem!

Kimberley Robinson

http://www.kimmykeepreal.com

kimberleyrobinson94@hotmail.co.uk

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Interview with Joe Sheridan

Hey folks! Hope you are all well. Today I’m sharing with you a wonderful interview I did with Joe Sheridan, who is a freelance photographer and videographer, hailing from Manchester here in the UK. One of his projects he works on aims to promote mental health, and I had the pleasure of getting to know him and his work a bit more! You even have a wonderful peek at some of the shots Joe has done for his project dedicated to mental health. Hope you all enjoy! ❤

1. Tell me a little bit about yourself!

My name is Joe; I’m 24 years of age and currently hail from Manchester. I guess you could say I’m a musician, I like to write music almost everyday, sometimes even in my dreams I conjure up chord progressions and lyrics, it never stops! Besides that my past degrees, especially politics has inspired me ironically to be interested psychology, and led me to the author Simon Baron Choen and his series of books on the human mind. You could say many things easily inspire me.

2. What inspired you to start photography?

I got started with photography almost two years ago now. I got started by basically using an old iPhone around the summer of 2013, and I steadily became more interested in capturing compositions. Shortly after the summer that year, my dad and myself pooled our money together to buy an old Pentax Film SLR, and I absolutely loved using it. From then on for Christmas that year my dad lent me his Pentax KX DSLR, eventually I commandeered it and found that I loved photography by accident really. Since then I guess you could say I have amassed an amount of experience that has seen me photography gigs in and around Manchester, from small pubs, to small concert venues to the largest in Manchester. All in all I am very lucky, these opportunities have been of a consequence of hard work, but the one thing I always try to do is persevere, always get better and hone my craft.

 

3. What are your favourite aspects of photography?

I love the moment when you capture an emotion in the subject, because when you look through the viewfinder and see something special about the composition, it just brings something out in me that I can really on describe as something that makes me very happy.

 

4. Is there anything particular you like to shoot? And why?

I like in particular when I capture human emotion, there is something in the way that when a face is contorted, especially in a live concert setting, it can be something quite special to capture. In general though, in any environment light can be a huge factor, most notably I enjoy composing subjects in silhouettes whether that be from natural or manufactured light.

5. You have an ongoing project promoting awareness of the affects of mental health. Tell me more about it!

Well I got my inspiration was from a photographer called Adam Elmakias and the illustrations he did with some portraits for a band called Citizen. The link can be found here – http://www.adamelmakias.com/live/photos-of-citizen-at-warped-tour/

The band themselves have been quite autobiographical in their music, especially on a release called ‘Youth’; the lyrics themselves are quite emotional. When I saw them used with these portraits that said photographer took I was instantly struck by how the context for the lyrics, and the photos worked together perfectly. It was so seamless how they fit together, and I’d never seen it done before either.

From then on, to this past October is when the idea came to me. As to why I chosen this project, I guess like many creative, whether they be musicians, photographers, painters, etc.. I like the allure of an artists work that is shrouded in some mystery, where you can’t quite put your finger on why they created what they created, and I’d partly like to rein that true with myself. I digress though, I had been feeling as though I had become quite self indulgent with my work, that I was only doing it for me, for my benefit, so when this project came to mind I wanted to do something that I hoped would be of benefit to the lives of other people. Photography has a way of capturing a moment in time, arguably one composition can say a million different things to the person looking at it, but I hope that if I am fortunate enough to exhibit my work, that when people see these photos that it makes them think about those issues that we sometimes push under the carpet and don’t talk about. I want to take the conversation of the issues surrounded people with physical and mental issues out into the public, not just have them stay online.

 

6. What changes would you like to see in mental health services?

I know myself alone cannot change things overnight and, it’s much more than people’s minds I am looking to change, but If this project were to be a success then I would like to think what else I could do, ideally, I’d like to take what I have done and use it as a plan of action to change how the system works, i.e. waiting lists, but that is just an idea, but it’s something I do think about doing.

7. What impact would you like to have in mental health with your photography?

I hope that it most importantly gives the people who have given me their time to feel a sigh of relief that they have had the confidence to open themselves who to the wider public, and tell some of their story. Past that, I hope that whoever comes to visit what I hope to be an exhibition, that they get a better understanding of the sensitivity of theses issues at hand, and maybe that it will translate to people who are un-aware or ignorant to these issues and educate them. All I can do is hope, but that is what I wish to happen.

You can follow Joe here on Instagram, and check out his website here. You can contact him on his website if you’d like to be involved in his project!