If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen that I’ve started a new chat for people who have experience with emetophobia. #ChatEmet takes place on Tuesdays at 7pm (GMT) and is a safe space for sufferers to share their story and discuss ‘Cure your Emetophobia and Thrive’ by Rob Kelly.

In the first chat we discussed our recent ‘wins’. A win is a breakthrough, no matter how small. It’s something you might have thought your emetophobia would never let you do. I would like to hear your wins – tell me what you’re proud of. Because you should feel ridiculously proud of yourself. Emetophobia is a terrible, debilitating phobia that had me starving myself and washing my hands until they cracked and bled. I want you to know that I understand and I’m so proud of you, even in those times when you think you’ve failed. Most importantly, I want you to know that you’re not alone. 

To get us started, here are some of my recent emetophobia wins. There will be a few OCD ones in there too, as for me the two issues overlap.

Eating chicken

Cooking chicken at home became a huge no-no for me and I would only eat it in restaurants on very rare occasions. I’m still a little bit nervous about eating it, but I’ve let friends cook it for me and am very partial to a cheeky Nando’s.

Washing my hands less

I still wash my hands more than the average bear but nowhere near to the extent I was before. Emetophobia Help was such a useful resource for me, especially for putting things into perspective when it came to norovirus.

Understanding the ways the virus can and can’t be transmitted, and that some of my safety behaviours were actually completely useless really helped me feel calmer. I quickly found it easier to ignore irrational thoughts.

Using the word ‘norovirus’

One of the strange things about emetophobia is how superstitious it can make you. Even though logically I knew it wasn’t possible, I had this strange belief that writing or saying the word norovirus would make me sick. I had little ‘knock on wood’ rituals and was very particular about the language I used when discussing anything to do with illness. Now though, when my brain tells me I’m being irrational, I listen to it. No more censoring myself!

I did the deed!

Yes, that’s right – I vomited. Three times in the last six months to be exact. And do you know what? I just got on with it. I stayed calm, cleaned up after myself and dealt with it how I think most people would. The first time it happened, that little bit of exposure helped me see that it’s actually not so bad, and gave me confidence in myself again. So when it happened again the next morning, I handled it just fine. SO. BLOODY. PROUD.

Do remember the sleepovers you had when you were a teenager? The kind where you’d stay up all night eating junk food, watching movies and talking about your celebrity crushes? If you’ve ever joined in with #PJChat (Monday nights at 9:30) you’ll know that what I’m trying to create is a mini version of that. An hour where you can get into your PJs (hence the name!), snuggle under the duvet with some snacks and have a good ol’ gossip with your online friends.

Now I wanna kick it up a notch. On Friday 29th September I want to pull an all-nighter with you guys. We can pick a movie to all watch ‘together’ and like always, I will have some questions to help keep the conversation flowing. I thought we could start late (say 11pm?) and just keep going into the wee hours.

What do you think? I’m open to suggestions! Come find me on Twitter and let me know if you’re on board. Nearer the time we can pick the movie and on the night we can put on ALL THE FAIRY LIGHTS, change into our snuggliest PJs and have the biggest online sleepover ever!*

*Maybe. I’ve not actually fact-checked this. But it’s definitely gonna be awesome.

 

Pavan Trikutam

Have you experienced emetophobia? I am starting a new chat for people with emetophobia to share their experiences and discuss the book ‘Cure Your Emetophobia and Thrive‘ by Rob Kelly.

The first one will be taking place on Tuesday 5th September and will be a chance to introduce yourself and talk about how the chats are going to go.

I’m not planning on asking set questions, so it won’t be quite like other Twitter chats. Instead, I’ll get the conversation started and then help to keep it flowing.

A couple of things to bear in mind:

  • #ChatEmet is not a substitute for counselling or any other medical treatment. We’re not experts; we’re just here to share our experiences and discuss the book.
  • Please be mindful of the language you use. Some sufferers are triggered by words relating to vomiting. At the start of each chat I’d like everyone to say what they’re comfortable with so we can all work together to make it a safe space.
  • Please don’t be embarrassed. This is a safe, supportive space. We are all in the same boat and we’re here to help each other. At no point will anyone make you feel silly.
  • That said, there are always trolls online, so you have my promise that I will do all I can to deflect any negative comments.
  • I want your feedback! If you want to do anything differently, please let me know. This is all for you – I’m just here to get the ball rolling and act as a moderator of sorts.

I look forward to chatting to you on 5th September. Let’s tackle emetophobia together!

The wonderful Ross and Becky who run the Twitter chat #askrossandbecky are hosting their first ever event on September 9th.

#MHunch will be at Liverpool ONE and promises to be a great chance to meet fellow bloggers and mental health advocates.

I’m gutted I won’t be able to make this one, but Ross and Becky are planning to make these meetups a regular thing, so I’m sure I’ll have plenty of other opportunities!

If you’d like more information about the event, get in touch with Ross or Becky and be sure to check out their fab blogs!

These guys are two of my absolute Twitter faves and 100% the kindest, most supportive people I’ve had the pleasure of coming across. I’m so proud to call them my friends. If you’re not following them already, you should be!

 

 

Are you a tea lover? If so, how does having a selection of delicious loose leaf teas delivered straight to your door every month sound?

Yorkshire-based tea subscription service, True Tea Club, offer just that. They specialise in seven different teas – white tea, green tea, black tea, oolong, chai, rooibos and herbal – and have packages starting from £10 per month.

Subscribers receive a box containing four different teas each month and the lovely folk at True Tea Club very kindly sent me my own to try. So naturally, this was the perfect excuse to buy lots of cake (not that I need one!) and enjoy a lovely afternoon tea in the sunshine.

Each one of the teas was lovely and I thought the packaging was so cute. It was hard to pick a favourite, but I’d probably have to say the Mighty Mango took the crown.

Mighty Mango

Now, perhaps I’m being swayed by the fact that it was an absolute scorcher of a day and this was the only one of the teas we had iced, but this was lovely.

I’m a huge fan of mango iced tea anyway and though this one wasn’t quite sweet enough for me, with a tiny dash of agave syrup it was perfect. Also, the leaves smelled incredible!

Earl Grey Rebel


Earl Grey is usually my tea of choice and this was as lovely as they come. The leaves are wonderfully fragrant with strong citrus and bergamot notes. The blue cornflower also made them look beautiful.


This was lovely both with, and without, milk. It had such a refreshing, delicate flavour that I’d love to try it iced, as I think it would work really well.

Rainbow Chaser

Described as a ‘magical concoction of apple pieces, blackberry leaves, peppermint and orange peel’ this tasted like a really lovely peppermint tea with a twist. It was zingy and fresh, yet also very soothing. Again, I think this would work really well as an iced tea.

Vanilla Cupcake

Admittedly, this was the one I was most excited to try. Cake: good. Tea: gooooooood. Cake flavoured tea: GOOOOOD!

The banana chips were a wonderful addition to an already lovely, smooth rooibos tea. I had a cheeky banoffee cupcake with this and it’s safe to say my taste buds thanked me. My mother-in-law even went as far as to describe it as the best rooibos she’d ever tasted!

I was so impressed with the quality and selection of teas in my subscription box and I could definitely see this being a great gift for that special tea lover in your life (or just for you!).

You can customise your subscription by leaving a note on checkout. So, for example, if you’re not a fan of green tea, you can let them know and they’ll be sure not to include it in any of your boxes. If you fall in love with any of the teas they are available in the online shop and subscribers get 15% off all orders. I know I’ll be placing an order soon!

Delivery is free in the UK and just £3.75 for international shipping. Plus you can get 50% off your first subscription box by using the code ‘LOVE’ on checkout.

You can also find True Tea Club on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.