Overcoming imposter syndrome as a freelancer
Mental Health,Work and Money

How to overcome imposter syndrome as a freelancer

For some reason, I never expected to feel like a fraud when it came to freelancing. I felt like an imposter many times in my previous career as a Higher Education employee, whilst constantly dreaming about setting up my own business. I had so many ideas of things I could do and what I could …

The sea, my favourite place to be in nature

On the brink of a second national lockdown, all I want is nature

As soon as it was announced on Saturday that the UK will be entering another national lockdown on 5 November, all I could think about was beaches, woodland, rolling hills and a strong breeze. I imagined waves lapping at pebbled shores as I greedily gulped sea air; a hundred shades of green enveloping me as …

Self-employment can help if you suffer with social anxiety at work
Mental Health,Work and Money

Work and social anxiety: is self-employment the answer?

I decided to pursue self-employment after working for ten years with the same organisation. In that ten years, my anxiety and confidence levels fluctuated, but I don’t recall a time when I didn’t feel scared to talk to people at work.   My life has been blighted by social anxiety for over two decades, and …

Woman doomscrolling on phone
Mental Health,The Digital World

Why I won’t be giving up the doomscrolling habit

Have you heard the term ‘doomscrolling?’ It’s the newest catchy phrase doing the rounds online and I can’t think of a word which so aptly sums up the habit it’s describing. Doomscrolling or doomsurfing is “the tendency to continue to surf or scroll through bad news, even though that news is saddening, disheartening, or depressing.” …