Mental Health

Self harming – Where I’m at, healthier coping mechanisms and hope!

I've been in a constant turmoil against self harming. A behaviour I began engaging in years ago. 4 years ago, my Teacher voiced her concerns regarding myself and my behaviours. She checked my arms daily for evidence of self harm. As did my Mum, Therapist and everybody involved in my care. I felt hopeless and… Continue reading Self harming – Where I’m at, healthier coping mechanisms and hope!

Animals, Keeper for a day, Work experience/volunteering

Zookeeper for a Day (2019).

Mum and I arrived promptly at Blackpool Zoo at 9am, following a smooth 45-minute drive, in preparation to be a Zookeeper for a Day. Much to my delight, we were the first on the car park (aside from the keepers!) and we excitedly cooed over baby rabbits hopping around the vacant area.  I had previously… Continue reading Zookeeper for a Day (2019).

Mental Health

Good bye scales, hello freedom?

Very recently, I braved the decision to ditch my scales. A step forward in recovery. I have successfully managed TWO WHOLE WEEKS without weighing myself. Crazy, right? I'd been weighing myself obsessively (up to 5 times a day) for numerous years and I bravely opted for the choice to follow my heart and not my… Continue reading Good bye scales, hello freedom?

Autism

Autism – Late diagnosis, the process and my reaction

I was diagnosed with high-functioning Autism in 2016, aged 19. Originally referred to as Aspergers Syndrome. Laura... I think you might be Autistic. I had no knowledge surrounding Autism. I believed my Therapist had confused me with another patient.  I succeeded through two nurseries, two mainstream schools (Primary and Secondary), and had recently finished my… Continue reading Autism – Late diagnosis, the process and my reaction

Mental Health

Anorexia recovery – Eating, comparison and being brave

For the past few years, I've fallen very much, unwillingly, into comparative habits. This can be detrimental in Anorexia Recovery. If my friends aren't eating, why should I? I MUST be greedy. Why am I eating if the people around me aren't? So...much...guilt. It's a constant turmoil. I very recently stumbled across a highly informative… Continue reading Anorexia recovery – Eating, comparison and being brave

Mental Health

Anorexia Recovery – Ditching the scales, freedom away from numbers

The morning approached, it was 6:30am. Already, I encountered deliberating thoughts about eating. I pondered whether I should, or whether I shouldn't. And I'm beginning to believe that this may be a constant, lifelong battle for me. With every day, I cannot determine how my thoughts will challenge me throughout the day. Some days will… Continue reading Anorexia Recovery – Ditching the scales, freedom away from numbers

Mental Health

A weighted life perspective

We live in a World where weight gain has been, and continues to be, demonised. An increase in the scale number quickly equates to feelings of low self worth, inadequacy and failure. We attempt to remain small, whilst measuring our worth in kilograms and not so much smiles, achievements and memories. I understand the satisfaction… Continue reading A weighted life perspective

Work experience/volunteering

Volunteering – Walkden Sixth Form Centre

Where: Walkden Sixth Form Centre, Walkden. Lancashire. When? July 2015 - July 2016. I began working at Walkden Sixth Form Centre in the animal unit shortly after the completion of my 2 year Animal Care and Management Diploma, in which I proudly received a D*D*D* qualification. My roles at the college consisted of basic animal… Continue reading Volunteering – Walkden Sixth Form Centre

Work experience/volunteering

Volunteering – Greenslate Community Farm

Where: Greenslate Community Farm. Orrell, Wigan. Duration: One day. Roles: I volunteered at Greenslate Community Farm for the duration of one day. This was nearing a scheduled open day, so my tasks were mainly cleaning and maintenance focused. I collected the Hen's freshly laid eggs, cleaned out the duck enclosure and scrubbed the outdoor rabbit… Continue reading Volunteering – Greenslate Community Farm

Animals, Work experience/volunteering

Volunteering – Idlewild Animal Sanctuary

Where: Idlewild Animal Sanctuary, Conwy Valley. North Wales. When? September 2017 - Present. I began volunteering at Idlewild Animal Sanctuary in September, 2017. I opted to partake in voluntary work alongside my university studies. I sent a message querying about volunteering, and was soon invited in for an induction. Roles: The sanctuary remains close to… Continue reading Volunteering – Idlewild Animal Sanctuary