• Books

    Book Reviews: Dracula, Times Echo, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde & Books that Changed History.

    Dracula by Bram Stoker   I am going to Whitby for a holiday next week, so because of this my good friend recommended I read before I go, Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I have reached the age of 48, having been an avid reader from my earliest memory and had never read the classic Gothic horror. Bram Stoker wrote the book in 1897 and visited the town of Whitby in England seven years before, where it is said he gained the inspiration to write the book. It is written in an epistolary format which works wonderfully, going back and forth as you read the journals and letters of the different characters.…

  • Anxiety & Stress Parts 1 - 8,  Mental Quirks

    Anxiety & Counselling Part 1

    I attended my very first counselling session last night for the treatment and hopefully recovery of my anxiety and panic. It is based on a self referral made by myself though the NHS. I’ve waited to start for about 6 weeks, which I feel is a pretty long time, however the amount of people suffering with this, by the amount that attended, is highlighted with the length of time for the courses to begin. They are very popular and free, so I cannot complain. I am to attend the next 6 or 7 sessions, and I feel it would be a good idea to give an overview of what’s covered…

  • Stuff I Like

    A Heart Felt Thank You

    Along the journey of life you meet people who may have a positive impact on your well-being or a negative one. I have had some pretty negative ones, especially with men-folk, but I wanted to write this short post to say thank you to a man that has been such a positive force in my life for the good and I can’t thank him enough. I’ve been struggling with ill-health for quite a while now, and this person has been there for me to provide comfort and care. Here are the reasons why: Thank you for calling/texting me every day to see how I am. Thank you for remembering my…

  • Mental Quirks

    6 Ways to Control a Panic Attack

    I have been off the radar for a time and have not even written a post for the last 5 weeks, mainly because I’ve been quite poorly. My depression got real bad, with numerous panic attacks and anxiety. It’s been a pretty hellish time for me, and it hasn’t helped not having much work, therefore, I’ve been at home ruminating on worrying thoughts, which is incredibly unhealthy and non-productive. I’ve been given advice on upping my dose of medication, which has kind of worked, but I always feel that it’s like putting a plaster over a wound. It seals it for the time being but doesn’t quite get to the…