Am I Really Ready For A Masters Degree?

I have been on a roller coaster of emotions with the build up towards my masters degree. I am so anxious that I am not ready, not clever enough, not organised enough for a masters. I mean it is a MASTERS after all. It is difficult for me to find a job after my undergraduate degree, I dislike doing work that doesn’t feed into my goal career, so doing a masters now so that I am more qualified for a job I want.

I only have one shot at this whole masters thing, one loan from the government, if i crash and land straight on my face and fail this whole thing, it will take me years to save up all the money to try again. I just hope to god that I can do it. I feel that I can, but I am so panic stricken that I am fearful that I can’t. I have my books ready, I have accommodation, I have funding, I have all the necessities ready, but am I myself truly ready?

I have just received some placement and dissertation projects from the university through the post, after looking through it I am so excited to start! I cannot wait, I am trying to motivate myself to do some extra reading around the subject etc and I will. I tomorrow. Well, we all know tomorrow never comes.

I have done reading about motivation and how to not get stressed, research suggests, grouping your list into chunks and minimising it into chunks of 5 +-2. So maximum amount is 7 minimum amount is 3. I can deal with that. So I minimised everything down into chunks and focused on the purpose of why I am doing it. Apparently if you focus on the purpose rather than the activity itself, you are more likely to succeed and feel better about actually doing it because you are aware of the purpose.

So, what is the purpose? Well, to succeed obviously, to do well, to learn and be happy and get a good job. How can I achieve this? By doing some simple reading, a chapter a day. I am pretty sure I can handle that.

Anxiety can take over and be a bit of a bitch to handle, it can consume you to the point of paralysis. I can beat it and I will beat it. I will succeed at my masters and I will be happy and organised when doing it. I mean it cannot be impossible. So wish me luck, I am sure I will be posting about my stressful days with you!


Men: Mental Health

Inspirational, a great blog writer.

A Relatable Mind

A friend of mine, Katy, recently wrote an incredibly written piece on her blog outlining some issues around mental health in men.

Katy talks about how men are often told to ‘man up’ and not be a ‘pussy’ and I personally believe this stems from lad culture. Lad culture dominates our news feeds on social media, we see it in our day-to-day activities and we quite literally cannot escape it. I’ll be honest, as a guy, I contribute to it sometimes too because it’s easier than confrontation.

The pressure of the above comments and the ease of conforming to lad culture make it really difficult for a guy to open up about how it is he really feels – which I expect in a lot of cases is similar to how I feel. If you’d like a little more of an insight into that have a read of this!

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You Can’t Kill Freedom

Such a good read!

A Relatable Mind

Firstly, I’d like to start of this post just saying a big thanks to anyone who took the time out of their day to read my previous post. The reactions and support you guys sent and gave were absolutely incredible and every single one of you has really touched and inspired me to write more often.

Moving onto this post, the title is somewhat ambiguous..

We’ve all seen the devastating news following the events in Nice. Yet another attack on everyday people like yourself and I. To me this is horrifying, and the individuals carrying out such attacks I will brand as cowards.

When I see things like this happen and see the reaction on social media I’m always tempted to ask people to widen their somewhat naive views. Nice was devastating, yes. But the media coverage on this far outweighed reports other attacks that occurred in the world.

This month…

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I know I have published a few articles talking about mental health and raising awareness and I know they may seem samey, but the more we talk, the more we share and connect and show support we can break the stigma and possibly save a life, by giving someone the strength to talk about it.

Today I have seen a trend on social media called #ITSOKAYTOTALK this aims to bring the numbers of suicide down and for people to get talking about mental health. It is so important, as suicide is the biggest killer of men ages under 45 in 2014 when 4623 men took their own life. Now that it is a ridiculously large number for this day and age. That is 12 men every day! EVERY DAY. 2 an hour. This trend involves taking a selfie with the ‘ok’ sign.

I have been talking to everyone in my pub and taking photos with the ok sign with everyone to tell people to talk about mental health, and they were happy to engage in the chat. This is important, the more people that understand and are aware and hear us talking about it the more people who will feel like it’s okay for them to share, okay for them to reach out for help.

In the news, Oscar Pistorius has been rushed to hospital due to cuts on his wrist due to suffering from mental health issues. This does raise awareness of the severity of mental health issues and the need to talk about them, BUT then the media have turned it around and said it was because he fell out of bed. Does this not bring shame to mental health, as if you cannot talk about it and is you have to pretend it is something else?

Take a selfie with the okay sign, spread the word, share the love.

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