A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life

“I always knew that my dad was an addict, but it took me a while to truly understand the difference between my dad and my friends’ dads. However, as I moved from primary school into high school, the differences became more and more apparent …”

A Day In The Life is a chapter from Zachary Phillips' first book Under The Influence - Reclaiming My Childhood

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The Top 4 Supplements for Your Mental Health

The Top 4 Supplements for Your Mental Health

What you eat directly impacts your metal state. Put simply, the better you eat, the better you will feel.

I spend a lot of my time researching and experimenting to find what works to best guard my mental state. I want to do everything I can to ensure that my mood is stable and that my mental health is improving over time …

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Why I Stopped Watching Porn

Why I Stopped Watching Porn

“I don’t watch porn, that shit rots your brain.”

These words were casually said to me by a friend of mine. We were discussing different ways that we ‘Guard Our Mental State’. Basically talking about mental health and the things that we do to ensure that we stay in a stable place …

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What Happens When You Say ‘Me Too’

What Happens When You Say ‘Me Too’

As a young child, I was sexually assaulted. As a grown man, I openly talk about it.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first decided to share my story with the world. Talking about sexual assault is widely considered a taboo subject. There is a tremendous amount of stigma, harsh judgement and disinformation …

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Under The Influence - Reclaiming My Childhood

Under The Influence - Reclaiming My Childhood

Under the Influence is the story of my childhood.

It provides an insight into the reality of being the son of an addict, paranoid schizophrenic, chronic hoarder and drug dealer.

For as long as I knew him, my dad dealt. Every day, a procession of desperate, malnourished and volatile addicts would visit our house looking to score. From a child’s perspective, they seemed to have only one goal - acquiring their next high. Growing up in this environment had a profound impact on my life and world view.

I never felt safe.

- Under The Influence is out now as a Paperback, eBook and Audio Book -

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The Night My Dad Died

The Night My Dad Died

On the night of my father’s death, I actually had plans to visit him. If these plans were not changed, I may have been the one to discover his passing and in doing so, prevent his neighbour from breaking in and robbing his lifeless corpse ...

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What I Learnt Grappling for 24 Hours Straight

What I Learnt Grappling for 24 Hours Straight

Completing 24 hours of continuous BJJ was a challenging experience. I learnt a lot, both about myself as a person, as well as about the art of BJJ.

This post will outline these lessons, as well as highlight the aspects of the mindset, nutrition and recovery needed to attempt a 24 hour exercise session.

Completing the 24hr-Grapple-A-Thon was one of my life goals, something that I have been dreaming of doing since I first started martial arts at 6 years old.

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Books By Zachary Phillips

Books By Zachary Phillips

A collection of Zachary's books and short story anthologies

Out Now:
- Upgrade (sci-fi/dystpic)
- Under The Influence Reclaiming My Childhood (autobiography)

Coming Soon:
- How To Get Your Sh!t Together (self-help)

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Who Let The Bum In?

Who Let The Bum In?

"By the end of year seven, I was starting to realise just how different my father was from those of my friends ... I only remember him working here and there, helping his friends with basic labouring or graphic design work. That, and the drug dealing."

Who Let The Bum In? Is a chapter from Zachary Phillips' first book Under The Influence - Reclaiming My Childhood

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Why You are Trapped In An Echo Chamber - On Feminism & Men’s Rights Activism

Why You are Trapped In An Echo Chamber - On Feminism & Men’s Rights Activism

"You may be in an echo chamber and not even realise it.

Most people talk with people who share similar views to them. The articles, blogs, videos and posts shared tend to be of a similar nature to what they already believe.

Consider the websites that you visit, the social media platforms you frequent, the forums that you post in and the people you associate with online. How often do you hear a dissenting view? Moreover, how often does that dissenting view gain traction and change opinions? Have your opinions ever changed on a strongly held issue based on online discussion?..."

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You Are Allowed to End Toxic Relationships

You Are Allowed to End Toxic Relationships

"Typically, we don’t leave a relationship until it becomes so bad that the truth of the situation is truly undeniable.

However, by then, we have been beaten down and are broken by the relationship’s turn for the worse. Our confidence levels are shattered and we may have the symptoms of a plethora of mental afflictions – we are anxious about the future and depressed about ourselves. Our self-worth drops so low that we feel like staying is the right option because ‘they are the best someone like me could get’ or ‘at least I am lucky enough to have someone’..."

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Is Your Passion Doing More Harm Than Good? Why Militant Veganism Doesn't Work!

Is Your Passion Doing More Harm Than Good? Why Militant Veganism Doesn't Work!

To understand how a vegan may feel, try to imagine a world where human corpses were on display in the meat section of a supermarket, or that the eating of humans was casually discussed multiple times per day in conversation.

The problem comes when these feelings are projected and forced onto unwilling and unsuspecting ears. This is often met with anger, annoyance and confusion...

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The Five Reasons Why People Won’t Believe You Are Mentally Ill

The Five Reasons Why People Won’t Believe You Are Mentally Ill

If you share your mental illness with someone, you are asking them to imagine a condition they can only read about and can’t experience.

Really you are asking them to change the lens that they view the world by. To overlay upon their reality, one of your condition. They have to put that lens over every situation that they have ever lived through, every action both minor and major, every interpersonal interaction, as well as over their hopes and plans for the future.

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Everything You Need To Know Prior Having A Baby

Everything You Need To Know Prior Having A Baby

If you are currently pregnant and wondering what to buy and why, this is for you.

We cover what you will need and why, how many to get and the cost of each item, both new and second hand. We have also included general purchasing advice (to save you money) as well as links to online resources we found useful!

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Why BJJ Is The Best Martial Art For Combating Mental Illness

Why BJJ Is The Best Martial Art For Combating Mental Illness

A traumatic past left me with anxiety and depression issues as well as a significant amount of pent up rage. With no guidance of how to deal with it, I turned to punching a bag for relief. Luckily for me it started to work, and I fell in love with martial arts.

Eventually I came across BJJ and I was hooked - the social atmosphere, constant learning, physicality and the practicality in a self defence situation all combined to be one of the best treatments for my mental health issues...

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Finding the Balance Between Mania and Creativity - Words from a Mentally Ill Writer

Finding the Balance Between Mania and Creativity - Words from a Mentally Ill Writer

It is 4am as I write this, I am slightly inebriated and my brain is buzzing. I have been up all night writing and I am still going. I can’t stop.

I must keep writing. When I get on a roll I can’t help it. Something comes over me and I must get it out. It is an affliction. This has happened before and will happen again...

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