Three years ago I had just started my new dream job. Within months everything had gone to shit (it wasn’t anyone’s fault – I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time). As things got worse I found myself in San Francisco, preparing to quit my job and with no idea what would … More Reflecting on life two months before I cycle across America
I’m delighted to be sharing another piece of creative writing with you this week. After a couple of recent posts about mental health in teaching. This week an anonymous writer, who is an English teacher, shares three poems they have written in response to how being a teacher has affected their mental health. After a … More Headspace #22
This week’s anonymous mental health blog is another one that focuses on the challenges that we face after graduation. After several years of intense work and intense friendship the sudden isolation and lack of external purpose can be a bit like jumping off a treadmill at full sprint. In this case the anonymous writer spent … More Headspace #21
Happy Birthday to Headspace! This is the 20th anonymous mental health blog that I’m sharing – the 20th person who has decided that they want to do something to tackle the stigma that can surround Mental Health. This week’s blog is another one from a teacher talking about the stress that exists in Schools, and … More Headspace #20
It’s been a long time since I last shared a Headspace blog – anonymous posts written by friends to raise awareness of mental health to get us thinking. I’ve got a few more in the pipeline but I’m starting with something a bit different. It’s great to see conversations about mental health becoming normal – … More Headspace #19
Regular readers will know that 2017 wasn’t a great year for me. I quit my job and ended up depressed and having worrying thoughts. Towards the end of the year I was trying to find ways to find a way to become the Antony that I knew I really was. Naturally, I started by cutting … More Happy Parkiversary
2019 was a pretty epic year. Tl;dr – I turned 30, Lizzie turned 30, both my parents turned 70, I ran a marathon, raised about £5000 for charity, January The year began in Scotland with a group of my closest friends relaxing and eating – probably the only New Years Eve I’ve celebrated this decade. … More 2019 in review
Firstly – if you’ve managed to make it past the title – well done! This blog is about something that’s pretty yucky but I promise there will be no graphic details or emojis or photos. I’m writing today about IBS – irritable bowel syndrome. A quick internet search suggests that up to 1 in 5 … More Let’s talk about poo.
Life. It’s a pretty weird thing, right? I’m 30 now and can no longer pretend that I am not an adult. In some ways I feel like I’m in a better place now than I have been for a long time. Firstly, I continue to be married to someone who loves me and accepts me … More Just because I’m happy doesn’t mean I’m not hurting.
Right. So, the London Marathon has been and gone. I’ve taken a few weeks to “relax” – eating well, spending evenings at home, and even having a day out with my wife. Now that’s done and dusted the time has come to look to the future, and my solo bike ride across America next year. … More One year to go!