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Edited by Annie Storkey, Wednesday, 12 Jan 2022, 10:32

Wednesday and Thursday I was at the the OU Mental Health and wellbeing Conference and what an amazing event it was. There was a wide range of interesting speakers with different perspectives, some great opportunities to share ideas with colleagues and the atmosphere warm and supportive. It is so encouraging to see hundreds of colleagues getting together to discuss how we can improve the health and wellbeing of staff and students. I really enjoyed attending and hope this event becomes an annual one. Many thanks to the organisers, speakers and participants for making it an enjoyable and worthwhile event.

However, 2 days of discussing mental health, with the anxiety of presenting my own work, has left me exhausted and hypomanic, with racing thoughts. This is hardly surprising after such intense activity. So I decided to opt out of the AL conference today and tomorrow (I knew this was a risk when signing up) to give my brain a chance to settle down and I might skip the mental health workshop next Tuesday. You can have too much of a good thing.

Annie

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March mania

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Edited by Annie Storkey, Friday, 12 Jun 2020, 12:04

Having blogged about the February blues a month ago I thought I'd speak about the antidote now. For whilst February is a dark month for me, March is an altogether different thing. You see, there is a recognised rise in hypomania amongst people with bipolar disorder in March.

This shouldn't be surprising as many people with bipolar disorder also have seasonal affective disorder. But I think it goes beyond just having longer days with more sun. March is full of bright new things; the flowers are out, the blossom is on the trees, the birds are singing, the days are warmer... and people prone to mania tend to react to stimuli. I love March, I love walking in the sun and looking at nature in bud all around me. I find walking both a grounding experience and a joyful one. My love of March is matched by my love of September, 6 months later, when the seasons again go through a dramatic change.

The clocks will change tomorrow and British Summertime begins. Rejoice!


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