Author: Rachel Welch

How are you?

We get asked it every day: ”Hi, how are you?’ ‘How are you doing?’ ‘How’s things?’ ‘How have you been?’ And many other variations, all basically asking the same thing: how are you? Ou reply usually depends on who’s asking. There are many people with whom I’ll always do the auto ‘fine thanks, you?’ thing with, either because I don’t really know them or (more often) because I don’t really want them to know the actual answer. Sometimes ‘I’m fine’ is the truth, but there are many days when it isn’t. It might not be that it’s the wrong...

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Half is something, not nothing

On April 15th 2018 I completed my first half marathon alongside my best running buddy, Liza. A HALF MARATHON. A HALF Marathon. HALF. I only did half a marathon. Not a whole one, just a half. I might as well not have bothered; it was only a half – rubbish compared to all those who were doing an actual whole marathon at the same time in Brighton. How quickly we dismiss what we achieve, because of the shiny other thing someone else might’ve done. What would it look like to celebrate what we do, rather than mourn the bits we...

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Friends: in sickness & in health

We hear it all the time. If you’re struggling, then tell someone. Don’t suffer in silence. It’s okay to not be okay. There’s no shame in asking for help. In reality, it doesn’t always work out like that. You take a risk and tell someone, but they say nothing – sometimes perhaps because they don’t know what to say, but sadly sometimes because they just don’t want to know. And so you find you do then suffer in silence, that there is actually a degree of shame in asking for help, and not being okay…. well it’s just not...

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Learning to run, taught to stand

Well now. This has been a long neglected site. Lots of reasons, which I’ll probably unpack in the fullness of time, but for now, I stand. Towards the end of 2017 I was feeling pretty rubbish. Again, lots of reasons, and probably (definitely) too complicated to fit into one post, but I was sliding, not standing. Anxiety was high, mood was low. Panic was rising, and my motivation to function was disappearing. It’s the little things that gave it away… not wanting to answer the phone, ignoring emails, hours slipping by without me noticing despite filling them with absolutely...

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Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2017 – Early Intervention?

Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2017 – Early Intervention The focus of #EDAW2017 is to highlight the need of early intervention for those developing an eating disorder, and while this is absolutely worthwhile, it frustrates me beyond measure that we have to fight to make this happen; that it has to be worked for rather than just a given. If someone was on the brink of having a heart attack or falling into a diabetic coma, no one would suggest we just stop and wait a while to let them become more unwell before reaching out and intervening, using the...

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