Saturday, 27 August 2016

Am I generalising?

A few weeks back, I shadowed a Nurse Assessor for the day and observed two clinical reviews. This same nurse is a registered mental health nurse (RMN) and honestly wonderful, but also wanted to know more about eating disorders as she was aware of my history. Without any hesitation, I let her ask me anything she so desired because raising awareness and educating others is so important to me.

As I began to answer her questions, I started to say 'individuals with anorexia are very intelligent and manipulative' and yes, I do include myself in that sweeping statement even though being manipulative perhaps isn't the best quality to have.

Anyway, she soon picked up that I do seem to put everyone who has or has had anorexia, into the same basket, and was I right to do that?

And you know? She has a very good point.

I really do make very sweeping generalisations when it comes to personality traits and anorexia but the truth is, I've never met someone with anorexia who doesn't fit that bill. OK, so not everyone of those has been academic but my god, they have been smart and the illness has lead them (and myself) to develop manipulative tendencies.

I asked a good friend of mine what she thought too (who has recovered from anorexia), and she agreed with me. We generally both agreed that those who are perfectionists, over achievers and have extremely high standards are vulnerable to anorexia because that's the nature of the illness. We also became manipulative because the behaviours require you to lie, deceive and hide from so many people. Things you wouldn't even dream of doing to manipulate someone can seem so normal when you are consumed by anorexia.

But this all mean that every single person who suffers, has these personality traits? My guess is no but I've never come across anything different. I would genuinely be interested in hearing any comments on this too because I'd love to know what others think/have experienced!

Monday, 22 August 2016

V Festival 2016

I apologise in advance for the shameless selfie's that are included in this post but it's basically a little photo diary for me to remind me of the amazing weekend I had. 

So, I spent the weekend camping at Weston Park's V festival with one of my friends who I met in Sri Lanka. First of all, it was already going to be a great weekend because I'd not seen her since April but of course, festival's are always fun!

I drove to the festival because I don't actually live that far away from it and we camped there for the whole weekend. Not going to lie, by Sunday I was totally over the mud, dirt, rubbish and toilets but I tried to embrace it all in true festival style. Of course,  in true British summer style, it was most burning hot and hammering it down with rain, so I've been both sunburnt and frozen to the bone, soaking wet and shivering! Only in England, eh?!

On Saturday, wish I reckon was my favourite day, we saw Travis, Example, Little Mix, David Guetta and Rihanna on the main stage. Rhianna and Little Mix were both incredible, and the atmosphere was just fab. We also spent a little bit of time in the comedy tent - and the sit down was much appreciated!

Then on Sunday, we saw Foxes, Adam Hill, Jess Glynne, Bastille, Sia and Justin Bieber. I absolutely love Jess Glynne anyway but was completely mesmerised by Sia's performance. Her dancers we just out of this world amazing, and I'm not listening to her album on repeat. I'm not Justin's worlds biggest fan and was a little disappointed by his stupid comments and miming but what can you expect from him!? He performed well and I left the stage happy. Oh and my selfie made the V Festival board so I was buzzing about that haha!

As for the camping element, let's just say I've never had a nicer shower than the one I had as soon as I returned home! And a clean toilet.. it's all about the little things in life, isn't it?!

But in all honesty, it really was a glittery, wet, muddy, funny, enjoyable weekend with some amazing music and amazing company.

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