Most of us are familiar with the term ‘the invisible illness’ when it comes to mental health issues – and while that may be true to an extent, I don’t think it’s half as invisible as people seem to think it is.
It’s safe to say that most of us have experienced waking up in the morning and feeling entirely unlike ourselves. Whether it’s exhaustion, anxiety, or a debilitating lack of enthusiasm for the day ahead, getting ready for work can feel stressful and takes a mammoth effort.
For those of you who are regular visitors (thanks!), you may have noticed it’s been a bit quiet around here lately. Sorry, I was gallivanting around Toronto – but it’s nice to be home.
In one corner, we have the super chill people glugging their champagne/beers at 5am because “Yay, holiday!”. In the other, we have the people frantically checking and re-checking their bags/documents/watches and looking generally preoccupied. No prizes for guessing which one I am.
Because everyone needs one day of the year that’s meant to be just a nice little acknowledgement but is instead loaded with expectation and whether or not it was good and did you have a nice time and OH NO.
After a day of dashing around the office, frantically responding to emails and wondering where the hell the time is going, I find it difficult to switch off and return to my usual ‘zen’ mode (ha…ha…).
You can find a lot on Instagram these days – recipes, tutorials and vlogs being just some things that exist outside of the perfect flatlay. But one of the best things for me has been the rise of illustrators and comic artists.
On January 18th this year, I cut meat and fish out of my diet. One squicky moment involving a slow-cooker and a whole chicken and that was that – but there are consequences, of course. WARNING: this could get ranty.
Whether it’s the constant ‘highlight reels’ or tendency to voice anything other than how we’re actually feeling, social media gets a bad rap with regards to mental health. But Instagram is changing that.
We all have little niggles about our general health and wellbeing – whether it’s not feeling quite as fit as we once were or the bloody Daily Mail claiming the latest food item/hobby/thing we love most will give us cancer.