I’m Nic, a 26-year-old Brit living and working as a copywriter in London. I’m the mind behind the Nicer Thoughts mental health blog.
MY MENTAL HEALTH STORY
If you met me now, I probably wouldn’t strike you as somebody with bad mental health. I’m generally pretty happy, healthy and I meditate enough that IDGAF about most of life’s minor worries.
But I wasn’t always this way. In fact, for most of my life, I was a massive worrier – and by the time I was 22, my mental health was so bad I could barely leave the house. I was diagnosed with major anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation – which is a fancy way of saying I really, really didn’t want to be here any more.
It’s not how I’d recommend anyone spend their early twenties (go fruit-picking in Australia for a few months: the weather is better). But this has at least given me a long-standing interest in mental health, and (I hope) some level of insight into the topic.
So, I set up this mental health blog to write about my own battle with anxiety and depression, and the ways I’ve slowly managed to find happiness again. I blog about about topics surrounding mental health, things I find interesting about modern life, and my tips for living with less stress and more joy. (I’ve tried every which way from meditation to counselling, running to going gluten free, and even drinking shitloads of baileys every night. So I have some experience.)
I share stories and tackle topics from the silly to the serious, with the ethos of treating light things darkly and dark things lightly. And of course, I share advice – both my own, and from the many brave people I’ve met along the way.