acceptance/happier living

Why don’t you just *know* how to help me?! + free printable!

"Why don't you just know how to help me?!" I used to lament this. I couldn't work out why someone couldn't automatically guess what I needed when I was in pain. Then I realised... I'd never told them. Enter, the table.... (more…)


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An A-to-Z of Self-Care: Part 2

This post is by Chase, and is the 2nd half of an article available in the Self-Care Issue of The Pillow Fort Magazine. Like it and want to read the rest? Get you hands on the magazine here! (more…)


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I’m Positive I’m Ill

This is a guest post by Spencer Quinn of Gray Matters More. If you’d like to write a guest post for The Pillow Fort, you can find more details here. Now, I am not an expert when it comes to self analysis. I attempted it a few times, and it has left me quite empty handed. That being said, when I became ill with Adult Onset Still’s Disease,  self analysis became a crucial part in navigating this rather new world. At the time I felt quite betrayed and very alone. So, like any twenty-something, I retreated to the Internet. (more…)


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Redefining Fun

This is a guest post by Kimberley. It's a taste of the sort of articles in The Pillow Fort Magazine. The 2nd 'FUN' issue is available now!  Watch any TV show based about young people having fun and, more often that not, you are going to see three things : casual sex, copious amounts of alcohol being consumed and people taking drugs. You might also encounter pressure to behave in this way in order to have fun from a surprising number of sources including elder family members (parents are really good at this. All glory days nostalgia), friends (peer pressure dun dun dun) and other forms of media like magazines, music, books for young adults, etc. Taken all together, it can begin to seem like having fun is something that should be X rated once you reach your latter teens. It can feel like taking part in these things is the only way to ensure you don't waste your youth, that you don't waste the time you have with no responsibilities and few worries. If you are prone to bouts of worry, you can even begin to see yourself as an elderly person sitting fuming at yourself for not making the most of your youth. (more…)


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Why My Mental Illnesses are Really a Blessing In Disguise

This is a guest post by wellness mentor, Kendra Kantor. If you’d like to write a guest post for The Pillow Fort, you can find more details here. When I was 13, I was diagnosed with clinical depression. That means I have chemicals in my body that don't want to work right and they cause depression. At the time, I remember telling my new therapist that I had been depressed as long as I could remember, even when I was young. At 13, I started my long journey to healing and I'm still not there. In 2013, I was diagnosed with a panic disorder (without agoraphobia). My day to day life is covered in fear and panic and sadness and longing to feel whole and healthy and happy. (more…)


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Why it’s not too late to have a Word of the Year

Do you have a Word of the Year? Or perhaps a better question is 'Did you have a Word of the Year?'? Yes? No? Not sure? You forgot? I'm here to give you permission to either create or review your Word of the Year. (more…)


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6 Ways to Spring Clean Your Life

It's kinda, sorta, nearly Spring here in the UK, and I wanted to share a few things I'm doing to 'Spring Clean' my life. Because I work from home, and don't have an office, I spend an awful lot of time in bedroom, looking at either my laptop or my phone. It can easily become overwhelming... which gets stressful. Hence a little Spring Clean!   (more…)


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Listen to your body, it’s never wrong.

Last weekend I was meant to have a stall for marching stars zine distro at Sheffield Zine Fest. I’d been looking forward to it for months and spent several hours on Friday afternoon recording, pricing and packing up my stock. I’d felt myself steadily getting more and more overwhelmed and stressed the week prior. I hadn’t meditated every day. I hadn’t exercised much.  I wasn’t sleeping so well. My head was getting full and I was feeling ‘meltdowny’. But Sheffield Zine Fest had been in the diary for months so I was doing my best to power on through. Alarm went on Saturday morning. Nope. No energy. Nothing. (more…)


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Living a Curiously Creative Life With Depression

This is a guest post by Sarah Leonard. If you’d like to write a guest post for The Pillow Fort, get in touch!  (more…)


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