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Valentine’s Day & Me

Being single, very lonely and bipolar today was difficult. My social circle is minimal, my family aren’t close and I’ve been single for over a year. I find logging on to any social media making me feel ill, and the widespread message of “if you’re single on valentines day, spend it with your friends and family!” which isn’t really an option today.

My current depressive episode is killing me, I cant see a way out even though I know it won’t last forever. My isolation hurts, and even my therapist is struggling to give me advice. although I know I won’t be sad forever, I’m starting to feel like this loneliness will last longer than I expected.

I just want to be appreciated and loved. I want people to reach out to me for care, help and fun rather than having to force myself into other peoples lives. I want people to enjoy my company, and I want to enjoy other people’s company.

Happy Valentine’s Day all, I hope you’ve all been shown the love and appreciation you deserve today.

14/02/2018

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How mental health effects life.

One thing I have recently noticed is that many people do not realize how much one’s mental health effects daily life. I am going to be explaining how it affects me on a day to day basis, and how people like me would really appreciate it if others could take it into consideration.

I am Bipolar, with a panic disorder and anxiety. Obviously, not everyone will have the same symptoms as me, but making some general notes on how it affects us can be a great start.

Your mental health can have a huge effect on your energy and motivation levels.

My severe mood swings can completely change my energy levels. My positive moods leave me almost manically happy, hyper and very overexcited. However, within minutes, I can become very depressed and almost exhausted. Many people throw the words ‘lazy‘ and ‘boring‘ around when I’m low on motivation. I think its very important for people to have a clear understanding of the difference between lazy people and emotionally drained people.

 

Cries for help.

One of my main cries for help is when I distance myself from family and friends. I think it’d be really useful if people could be educated on this. It’s not usually natural for humans to push loved ones away, and it can be signs of (and lead to) depression and other feelings of intense loneliness. if you notice anyone you know showing signs of this, don’t be afraid to drop them a message or give them a ring and ask them how they’re doing. It can make them feel a lot better, and even if they’re okay, knowing that someone cares can be hugely reassuring.

 

Money.

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I took this from the Mind website.  It’s very true. I find it difficult to manage money as I have a constant switch between “I really need to save as I need to afford to live/pay rent etc” and “I should treat myself because I’ve been feeling particularly bad recently’ and it can be very dangerous. If you’re in a similar situation or know someone who is, offer them a helping hand. we’d really appreciate someone from the outside world to bring us back into reality. (however! make sure you won’t come across as condescending as this can be quite degrading)

 

Work. 

Linking back up to my first point, someone with poor mental health can often lack with motivation and energy to find the will to work enough. Many may find it difficult to concentrate, and others may have difficulty speaking and communicate confidently with people, which makes a lot of popular retail jobs very difficult, especially for young people. However, it may be more positive for others. For me, It helps me distract myself and often makes me feel more positive about myself. It gives me a purpose and sense of self, however, I have to be careful not to overwork myself. My best advice would be to take it slow and know whats best for you, don’t feel like you have to work more just because that’s what people would expect. My advice to employers would be to be accommodating to your employee’s needs. Don’t make it difficult for them, make them feel welcome and don’t single them out.

 

If you have been affected by any topics I have spoken about today, please speak to a close friend or family. alternatively, you can ring the Samaritans helpline on 116 123, visit http://studentsagainstdepression.org/ and a lot more. this website can be very useful for contacts. Please don’t be afraid to talk about your feelings.

Cerys

 

7/02/2018

Little Evil (Netflix Original) – My Thoughts

Little Evil, directed and written by Eli Craig, is a comedy/horror about family relationships and the Antichrist. It mainly follows the relationship between Gary (played by Adam Scott) and his stepson, who begins to act a bit odd.

I stumbled across this little gem while perusing through Netflix at 3am. I’m not sure what led me to give it my time.

I thought Little Evil was a great spin on the whole ‘Evil child’ thing. I really enjoyed how this film wasn’t too plot heavy, and was pretty light hearted. This film made me audibly laugh a few times too. I thought the casting was great, and the actors fit the characters perfectly, even if some of the acting is a bit dodgy here and there. The way this film is shot is pretty unique too, with some very Edgar Wright style action scenes.

Overall I would definitely recommend this film to anyone looking for something fun and lighthearted, but nothing groundbreaking!

6/10

09/09/2017

Apologies for being very inactive recently, currently getting settled into college! I will try my best over the next few weeks to get back into writing!

 

It Follows – My Thoughts/ A Rant

*spoilers*

It Follows (2014) is a ‘unique’ horror film about a sexually transmitted supernatural force. I really don’t know how to describe this film, here’s a link to its IMDB page for something that makes more sense.

I spent a good 80% of this film asking myself what was going on. Overall I enjoyed the premise of this film. The story had a lot of potential, as well as being very nice to look at. The cinematography was stunning for a horror, and the score was also very unique. But I still have so many questions.

Firstly, where are their parents? obviously its a classic horror film thing for parents to not exist. But at least explain why they’re not there? Also, if a supernatural being is trying to kill you, don’t go and sit on an empty swing set, or sleep on top of your car in a forest. Is there a reason why ‘it’ is almost always half naked, are the boobs really necessary? Theres a whole lot of petty things I that confused me in this film. There were quite a few shots which distracted me completely from what was going on. I was constantly asking myself ‘where is she going’ or ‘whats going on?’ and my questions were never answered.

Overall, this film looked and sounded great. I’m even thinking about buying the score on vinyl. But this film in literally about an STD. A sexually transmitted demon. It had so much potential but, unfortunately, it didn’t do anything for me.

Anyway, what did you think? Let me know in the comments, lets converse!

31/07/2017

 

Gore In Cinema

Just a heads up: I will be discussing some gory topics in detail in this post, so if that’s not your thing, I’d recommend going to check out one of my other posts!

Here I’d love to talk about the use of blood, guts and various grossness in cinema. For someone who flinches at a paper cut, I love a film that does gore right. I want to use Jeremy Saulnier’s ‘Green Room’ as an example of this. This has become one of my favourite films of all time for many reasons. However one reason is for its perfect use of blood. Every shot that makes you flinch due to the blood it done perfectly. It’s not overdone and it’s completely appropriate. All the death scenes are hideous, yet perfect. Loving a film as gross as this is never something I thought I’d do.

There are a lot of films who’s main purpose is to be gross. Splatter films are always an example, and the Saw franchise (which I can’t stand, by the way). But some films just can’t get it right. It seems that a lot of horror films use the notion that the more gory it is, the scarier it will be. I think we all know that isn’t the case.

Another use of gore I tend to enjoy is for comedic purposes. Now that may make me sound like I’m a little twisted but let me explain. Cabin in the Woods is always a good example. Shaun of the Dead too, especially this scene (spoilers there!)

Thats all for today! Another short one, but what do we all think? Lets Converse!

20/07/2017

The Growth of Mediocre Movies

In recent years, I haven’t been able to get my head around the growth of half-arsed films being released constantly. Obviously I’m aware that many film makers are in it for the money, and I am also aware how much money is in Hollywood these days, however, as an artist myself, I don’t understand how so much time and effort is put into films which are obviously not good, or at least not the best they can be.

By ‘mediocre’, I mean films that slightly entertain you, but aren’t anything special or noteworthy. They make enough money and do well enough for the stars and the industry, but again aren’t anything special. Usually, you can spot a mediocre movie from miles off. They’re often sequels (that definitely wasn’t a dig at Fast & Furious. Probably,) or remakes. This can’t always be a bad thing, the Planet Of The Apes franchise being a great example of some great remakes and sequels.

It’s not very often that a completely unique and original film comes out. Sequels are very common, as well as films that are part of a larger franchise (Note: I will excuse Marvel from this, as they seem to be producing some genuinely great films in recent years. D.C. however…)

Lets take a look at the most popular films in cinemas currently. (reference)

Spider-Man: Homecoming, Baby Driver, Wonder Woman, Transformers: The Last Knight, Orja, Despicable Me 3.

Only two of these are completely independent and unique (Baby Driver especially, a new favourite of mine.) These are all pretty great films, but there’s something missing. It’s originality. Something new and fresh, something that sticks in my head for weeks after and makes me want to talk. Surprisingly, the films listed above have been great. However I would love to see more originality in the film industry.

Although it’s only been a short one this week, I hope I’ve made enough sense to get my point across! What are your thoughts? Lets converse!

15/07/2017