Recent writing: Redundancy, stress, and acne

This month I wrote for The Debrief about the reality of being made redundant in your 20s – from the stress of losing your job, to the unexpected opportunities that make redundancy a blessing in disguise. Many thanks to all the women who spoke to me about their experiences, and to success and accountability coach Ayesha Giselle, who shared her advice on how young women can embrace redundancy and turn it to their advantage.

I also wrote a more personal piece, for NetDoctor, exploring the field of psychodermatology, and what I’ve learned about the impact that stress and depression have on my skin.

The Reality Of Being Made Redundant In Your 20s – for The Debrief:

‘Naively, I thought redundancy only happened to much older people, but I was made redundant when I was 24. It was my first job out of uni, and I thought it was the end of the world,’ says Milly, who’s now 27.

In the first three months of 2017, 16-34-year-olds accounted for just a third of all UK redundancies, while people over 35 were most likely to find themselves redundant. There’s never a good time to lose your job but, for young people like Milly, redundancy at such an early stage in your career can have a devastating impact on your confidence.

‘I was working for a small travel firm, who never gave me a contract. The owner basically couldn’t afford to keep the business running, so they made me redundant as the most junior member of staff. It all happened in the space of a day. I remember being very scared, and worried about having to move home’,  she explains.

Continue reading at The Debrief…

What I now know about acne and stress – for NetDoctor:

Acne and stressAnyone who’s ever suffered from acne knows that stress can be a massive trigger. My own relationship with stress and acne is long-standing and complicated. After years of suffering from what the adults around me referred to as “teenage skin”, I battled through the GCSE and A-level aggravated breakouts in anticipation of one day growing out of it. I felt deceived and betrayed when, on reaching university, I discovered that adult acne was just as bad – if not sometimes worse.

Nothing sends you into a vicious cycle quite like the stress of battling stress-induced acne while revising for exams or a busy period at work. The psychological impact of acne on sufferers’ self-esteem and emotional wellbeing is pretty widely accepted, but far more rarely discussed. So while acne may begin as a side effect of external stresses it frequently, in my experience, becomes the self-sustaining cause of yet more stress.

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