My mental health - particularly my mood - changes a lot depending on where I am and who I'm with. Certain places really make me feel low and sluggish, and these are usually dark, cramped places with no windows or light, and that are fairly empty! My anxiety definitely goes up when I find myself in these places, and I always want to go home.

There's a lot to be said for the places that can pick you up. Mine are either the sentimental places that I associate with a lot of happy memories, or the places where I feel safe and cosy. These can be a particular location in the world, or just a space in my life where I can feel ok.

So many of my picks are places that aren't necessarily nearby, or even easy to get to. But every time I think about being there, I feel happier, and I remember how I felt when I went there. These are my favourite places for my mental health.

Durdle Door, Dorset

I've spent a lot of summers in Dorset as we have family there, and many times have I been to Durdle Door. Not only is it beautiful to look at, but I have a distinct memory of being here, walking down the path to the viewpoint with my iPod in, and just feeling so calm. I always love being by the sea - it's always made me happier - and because this place is so special to me, so it has to be one of my picks.

My bedroom

My bedroom is usually a bit of a mess because it's so small, and I seem to shop like I have an entire house to fill, but it's always been a cosy room. I have fairy lights everywhere, candles, blankets, far more cushions than my bed needs, and I rarely ever have my main bedroom light on, unless I've lost something. Its appearance changes depending on where I am - at uni, I had pictures everywhere, and I had a bigger room so more rugs, etc. - but I have to have it cosy for me.

Wexford, Ireland

Again, another sentimental one. If we didn't spend our summers in Dorset growing up, then we were in Ireland. Specifically, County Wexford. We have a lot of family over there, and I've been visiting since I was 2, so it really does feel like a second home. I have so many happy memories playing on the many beaches, shopping in Wexford town or New Ross, going for a pub lunch at the Horse and Hound in Old Ross, or going for a meal at the Five Counties Hotel. I associate it with family I've since lost, and visiting the area is a nice way to remember them.

Christchurch Meadow, Oxford

I can't not put my hometown in this is my home after all! Christchurch Meadow was the place I used to go for picnics or ice cream or just to hang out with my friends at weekends, particularly in the summer (it is gorgeous in summer). It's such a nice place to sit and relax away from the busier parts of the city, and you can walk down by the river too.

New York City, New York

The first time I visited New York, I spent most of the time looking up, and getting far too over-excited about the fact that I was finally in New York City. It's a place I dreamt of going since I was an early teen, so being there was a dream come true. It's full of so many exciting things to do, places to see and explore, and food and drink to try. I just spent the majority of my time there feeling so, so happy, and I desperately want to go back!

Bloomsbury, London

I didn't expect to put the place where I've just been studying on here, but actually, Bloomsbury does feel comforting. I think it's because I associate it with books and coffee - both of which are two things I very much enjoy. I also have nice memories of catching up with a close friend here, who has now become one of my best friends so I'm very grateful!

M x