Monday, March 29, 2021

2021, 3 months in and where I'm at

 


Hi there! So this will be a bit of a reflection post, partly for my own sake too, but feel free to read at your own ease. Looking back at where I was in January, as a new year came in, I wasn’t doing great, but I had a lot of hope. I also recognised that I shouldn’t put too much pressure on the whole ‘new year, new me’ element that comes with January. But I think subconsciously I still did. I wanted change to suddenly happened, I wanted it to.

 

I started off January quite positive, I was enjoying my job and trying my best with uni. But things quickly went downhill for me. With a breakup setting me back (as is normal when that happens), and my mental health declining, it was becoming clear that things had not changed magically, as I had so hoped for them to.

 

I have had a lot of low points with my mental health in the last years, but I’d say this year I hit one off the lowest. I got to the point where every small and insignificant task, was like the hardest thing to achieve. Getting out of bed, getting through the day without experiencing extremely dark thoughts, was simply not achievable.

 

And writing this in March, I can’t say I’ve come leaps and bounds. But I can say that I’m still here, and I can say that I’m still fighting. A lot of people will never realise, and I don’t wish them ill will because of it, just how debilitating it can be to live with mental illness. When the mental health awareness days quieten and the lifelines stop being shared, we are still here. We are still living our harsh reality everyday.

 

I found it hard to explain to people why I was struggling so much. I was embarrassed that I couldn’t do basic things. But it’s not my fault, it never was my fault. I was doing my best, and that is all I could do.

 

I reached a point in the last month or so, that some decisions needed to be made. I wasn’t getting better, and I was scared of how much control my struggles had over me. I had to take some time off sick from work (I still am) and get my assignments deferred for a while so that I’d have a chance to pick myself up.

 

For now, I am trying my best. I am trying to take each day as it comes, live for the little things, and remind myself that it is okay to struggle. It is okay to take things at your own pace. Things will work out, and I know that one day I’ll look back at this period and be proud of myself for not giving up.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Valentines Day

 


With Valentine’s Day tomorrow, I thought a post reaffirming that it’s okay if you aren’t looking forward to it would be helpful. So whether you’re single, spending Valentine’s alone, or just need a bit of extra love, this post is for you.

 

You may be flooded with cute couples posts tomorrow, and whether you are taking part in that or not, that’s okay.

 

What I want to say is that if you feel like your worth is defined by your partner, I understand. I’ve felt that too, but it’s not true. You, by yourself, are a powerful force. You are whatever you wish to be, and more.

 

Self love reminders

- You are more than your relationship status

- You are so deserving of love

- It’s okay to put your happiness first


Valentines day has always been a special day to me, as it's my mums birthday. This year it means a little more to me, as I'm relearning how to love myself, something that is so important. 

Be kind to yourself this Valentines day, and everyday after that

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

2021 Goals: My first post of this year!




So it’s been a year, but we made it through! To hopefully bigger and brighter things 

I want to firstly put a reminder here that if your only goal for the year is to make it through, that is totally valid. We are living through crazy times right now and looking after ourselves should be our main priority. 

I did find myself last year becoming a bit lost in terms of direction, so I wanted to make some goals for myself to keep myself on track! I’d love to hear yours so feel free to comment! I’ve been slightly addicted to YouTube Vids of people talking about their goals, I just find it so motivating! 


Some of my goals for 2021;

  • To prioritise Uni work
  • Maybe work out a Blogging Schedule 
  • Put more time into my love for writing 
  • Do more volunteering 


  • Learn some yoga and meditation 
  • Journal more, write more letters 
  • Learn some more sign language
  • Go for more walks 
  • Visit more museums, when possible! 
And finally to be kind always and prioritise myself.
It can be easy to lose yourself in trying to always be there for people, but remember that you are important too, and you can’t be everyone for everybody.

Whatever your goals are for this year, i wish you all of the success and happiness

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Veganniversary

5 year Veganniversay 

 

Around this time 5 years ago, in January 2017 I made the decision to commit to veganism. Being vegan allowed me to rediscover my love for food, something which disordered eating had taken away from me.

 

Things I have learned since being vegan;


  • Veganism is not about perfection. Every little thing that you do better to help the earth matter 
  • Veganism is not a diet. It is a lifestyle. Veganism should not be used as an excuse to implement toxic diet culture.
  •  I should listen to my body. My health and happiness are way more important than looking a certain way.
  •  Veganism is not just about the food you eat. It's about being ethical in every decision you make. For example making sure that you use products that aren't tested on animals, and being more ethical in your fashion choices
  •  People's opinions of you may affect you, but ultimately I learned that they don't matter. I received a lot of judgement, even from family about my decision to go vegan. At the end of the day you know yourself better than anyone else. You don't owe anyone an explanation for your choices. The right people will support you and aim for understanding


Going vegan has brought me so much genuine happiness and I wouldn't change it for the world. I hope to make some more vegan content soon

Friday, December 4, 2020

International day for Persons with Disabilities

 International day for persons with disabilities


This year's theme is "not all disabilities are visible".

I know all too well how invisible conditions can impact your daily life and it can be made harder by a lack of understanding from everyone from friends to doctors. Just because you can't see that someone is struggling, does not make those struggles any less valid.

Being an ally to people with disabilities is crucial now more than ever! It is so shocking to me that is has taken a pandemic for society to make things more accessible for disabled people. And I hope that they will keep up this energy of making working from home accessible when people start to go back. It is simply not good enough and I will not accept it as normal and standard that SO much of our daily lives are not accessible.

If someone tells you that they are struggling with a condition, ask them how they can support you, research the condition, and be an activist for people with disabilities

I'm the Treasurer for a qub society
QUB Inclusion
and we are all working very hard to spread activism and awareness for invisible illnesses and we provide a safe space for students with disabilities, chronic illnesses, mental health conditions and who are nuerodiverse to make friends! I'm so proud of the work those guys are doing and if you're studying in Belfast please do check us out!
All the love to my friends with disabilities today

[Photo description: A picture of me holding a written sign that says not all disabilities are visible ]




Tuesday, December 1, 2020

It's okay to rest

 

I really wanted to do a post to emphasise the importance of giving yourself breaks and time to rest.

 

So much of our lives are caught up in hustle culture and the pressure to constantly be productive is ever growing.

 

Just remember, we are only human, and we are all on different journeys and paths. Life is not a race, and you shouldn't have to feel guilty for resting and taking time to regenerate.

 


I too am a victim of hustle culture and I am constantly doing stuff for different projects and commitments. But I thrive off of keeping myself busy. That is totally valid. Issues arise when we continue to be busy and don't allocate time for ourselves. Don't wait until you're burned out, try and get into a good routine of doing things that you enjoy, without there having to be an end goal!

 

Some things you can do to take a break;

- Watch your favourite show/movie

- Play a game that you really like

- Have a self care day/ Night

- Have a creative outlet- writing, colouring, drawing

- Listening to music that you really like, make new playlists

- Make a plan of your next few days so that you're not overwhelmed!

 

Make sure to look after yourself, you deserve rest

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Setting goals during lockdown

 

Setting goals during lockdown

So, for a lot of us, this year had been a hell of a ride, to say the least. And if you’re reading from the Uk or Ireland, chances are you’ll be going into another lockdown!

The first lockdown for many was a chance to focus on bettering yourself, and there was a lot of pressure to be productive with your time. Personally, during lockdown I experienced one of the hardest times of my life, dealing with grief and mental health problems.

So, I just want to make it very clear, if all you can do during lockdown is survive, that is totally acceptable. Making sure that you’re okay and safe is the top priority, so don’t feel any pressure to do great things.

At the minute I’m very busy so I wanted to take advantage of the next period of lockdown, to try and do all of those things to better myself, in small portions.

So here are some tips from me!

  • ·        Plan ahead – make a list of all of your dreams and goals, and how your spare time can be used to get you closer to it!  
  • ·        Be realistic with your goals. Of course, be ambitious, but remember that you are only one person and you don’t need to do absolutely everything in order to be productive.
  • ·        Remember that it’s okay to rest. Try and take time to recharge and look after yourself.
  • ·        Make a schedule – if you are planning on doing loads of things, getting into a routine can help you make the most of your time.
  • ·        Create a vision board – this can be really helpful for getting all of your thoughts in one place, and to be able to picture the results of your hard work.

Again, remember that you are under no pressure to perform during this time. If all you can do is survive, that is completely valid and I am proud of you!





  • You can also find me here;
  • Instagram: @yourbest_isenough
  • @rachswrites
  • Twitter: @rachelhasson4
  • Depop: @rachelhassonx
  • Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/rachsreads


2021, 3 months in and where I'm at

  Hi there! So this will be a bit of a reflection post, partly for my own sake too, but feel free to read at your own ease. Looking back at ...