This month, I’m excited to introduce Cara from Cara’s Corner, a mental health and lifestyle blog. Let’s get to it!
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a mental health nurse by day and a blogger by night! I grew up experiencing lots of difficulties with my mental health, having an eating disorder for a number of years and eventually being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I am a passionate mental health campaigner and try my best to raise awareness and challenge stigma wherever I can! I always like to share a bit about myself outside of talking about mental illness because there is more to me than just that! I have pink hair (my favourite colour), I’m covered in tattoos and I am a hardcore cat lady. I am an animal love, vegetarian and proud feminist, and I absolutely ADORE travelling.
How did you get into blogging?
I started using twitter a lot more and discovered loads of amazing blogs! I was using twitter mainly for mental health awareness and realised that I had a lot more to tell the word than I could say in 140 characters (or 280 now!).
Tell us about your favorite blog post.
Strangely, one of my favourite posts is one I wrote recently when things were going really wrong for me. But it was the first time I had been honest about relapse when it was actually happening, and I had so much positive feedback from it.
What are you doing when you’re not blogging?
Mostly working! I try and go to the gym, see my friends and spend time with my boyfriend. I also love cooking, sleeping and watching a lot of Netflix!
What is one thing you wish more people understood about mental illness?
That being high functioning doesn’t mean you aren’t ill. Most of the time, I am able to live essentially an entirely normal life, but I still have bipolar disorder. Being unwell doesn’t always mean constantly living in a state of chronic depression or heightened anxiety or any other obvious symptoms. You can’t see mental illness, which is why it’s so important to check in with people around you.
Where is somewhere you’ve travelled that you wouldn’t rush back to?
Egypt. I found it really intimidating as a young woman and didn’t feel safe – so many older men touched me when I was walking around or offered to buy me.
Where else can we find you?
Photo by Arnel Hasanovic.