This isn’t going to be a neat ‘how to beat depression in 5 easy steps’ post because there’s no such thing as an easy way out of a major mental health episode. It’s a slow hard slog unfortunately. As I’ve written about how it feels to be in the grip of depression, and it seemed to resonate with others, I thought I talk a little bit about what I’ve been doing these past few months to get my life back on track and feel better….Continue Reading “6 Ways to improve your Mental Health”

metoo

As #MeToo was making the rounds online and I was reading stories from friends and strangers, I thought to myself, how lucky am I not to have experienced horrendous sexual assaults or harassment. Sure, I’ve been flashed as a kid by a stranger on my way home from primary school. Of course I’ve had some old fella on the bus grope my ass. A flirtatious taxi driver locking his car doors on me, telling me how pretty I am and asking if I was single…Continue Reading “#MeToo”

Maybe it’s just a slump I keep telling myself, maybe I just need to rest more. I seem to be tired all the time. I probably need to stay at home and do nothing. But money is running out and I’m not applying for work. In fact, I’m doing almost no work at all, even the things I thought I really enjoy. A good routine is needed, no wonder I feel fatigued when I’m up all night, sleeping till midday. But getting up at a…Continue Reading “Depression – How did I suddenly get here?!”

twitter communication

There are a lot of opinions and articles out there on the impact of social media on human communication and mental wellbeing. I’m not sure whether this impact is sometimes overstated and would agree with Noam Chomsky who has argued that there have been far more wide reaching inventions than social media that have been impactful on human life and behaviour. However, this isn’t really what I want to discuss in this post. Instead I want to focus on something I’ve noticed recently regarding how…Continue Reading “In the eye of the Twitter storm”

blogging creativity

How do you make a living from something you enjoy without compromising your creativity? How do you find a balance between being creative and authentic while at the same time staying productive and reaching an audience? These are the questions I’ve been pondering on recently as I’ve resurrected my blog and started writing more regularly. When I started blogging about 2 years ago, it was mainly as a project to keep myself busy between finishing my PhD and figuring out my next career move. I…Continue Reading “The blogger creativity conundrum”

singledom

For most of my adult life I have been single more often than I have been in a relationship. I’m fine with that. I stopped agonising over my relationship status quite a while ago. Maybe one day my knight in shining armour will show up at my door asking to join me on the couch for Dominos and Netflix. And if that doesn’t happen, at least I can have all the pizza to myself then. Being single can have its advantages. It’s great to be…Continue Reading “The pros and cons of serial singledom”

dublin expat

Heinrich Böll’s Irish Journal, first published in 1957, has arguably left the greatest impression on how Germans view Ireland. About 2 million copies of Irisches Tagebuch have been sold in German speaking countries and it is often referred to as a cult book. To this day Böll’s account of his visits to Achill Island in the mid and late 1950s still remains popular amongst German visitors to Ireland. As Fintan O’Toole explained in a recent article in the Irish Times, Böll’s depiction of Ireland as…Continue Reading “Dublin diary – A German in Ireland”

Life is hard, let’s face it (I’m in philosophical mode this week…) and sometimes it just seems impossible to stay positive all the time. As soon as I go online, I’m faced with inspo posts – get your positivity in only one hashtag! I’m told to be grateful for what I have and love myself just as I am. Sure, it’s easy to be grateful when you’re starting your week on a yacht in the sunny mediterranean and your life is generally fabulous. I once…Continue Reading “10 ways to hate your life”

What do you want to do when you grow up? As a child I definitely had an answer to that question, a librarian or a detective. I guess I wanted to keep my options open, and the detective work could have easily been done on the side, at night time. Why not spend my time doing what I love, reading and being nosey. Somehow, as I got older, figuring out what my ideal job was became more and more difficult. As part of career advice…Continue Reading “Figuring out adult life – the dream job conundrum”