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How are you? I‘ve felt pretty agitated today. In the UK our lockdown measures are being reduced more soon but honestly a lot of the can do/can’t do makes very little sense to me and it’s left me feeling a little confused and a lot fed up. I feel more stressed about getting out of lockdown than I have at many other points.
I’ve seen other people writing about this too, about how as we start to move out of this odd time and back to “normal” things are feeling scary. The video catch ups and zoom parties and thinking-of-you texts have started to taper off a bit as we prepare mentally, tentatively, do some things in person. I think for me it’s a combination of not wanting all the “normal” back and also the fact that it feels like a false, watered down version of normal.
There isn’t a solid conclusion to this but thought I’d share in case anyone else is wobbling the same way. As we head out of lockdown we should be careful to keep the culture of sharing our feelings and checking in on each other that we fostered at the beginning of this. So yeah... how are you?
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I hope this message reaches the right people and can help prevent people being forced to give up their beloved cats.🐈 #LIVECLEAR
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“YOU HAVE TO RESPECT THE SEA” - Ross Geller #WorldOceanDay 🌊🌊🌊
These quiz challenges are getting out of hand
This isn’t the time for me to be talking or telling you how I feel. I am listening to Black voices as should we all be. If you need help with resources I am reposting some in stories but... google is your friend. Don’t insult Black people by asking them to help you get started #blacklivesmatter #amplifymelanatedvoices (image by @sacree_frangine)
Words by you 💃🏻 Please indulge me in posting something a little different - I wanted to touch on another topic that people wanted me to talk about for #MentalHealthAwarwenessWeek... how to offer support when it’s someone you love who’s having a tough time. There were plenty of requests for advice about this but it didn’t seem right only to tell you what would help me - every mind is unique and what’s right for one person won’t be right for everyone.
With that being said, when I asked on stories what YOU really want in terms of support with your mental health, there were some themes that jumped out, so I wanted to share them in your own words.
I hope, for the respondents, seeing that so many people feel the same way will be comforting to you - and for the people who wanted advice on supporting someone, I hope this is a helpful start!
Just to reiterate, not every one of these will be right for every person - and no Instagram post is ever a substitute for proper medical advice and treatment ♥️ Please feel free to share more thoughts on support below!
I asked on Monday what kind of things you’d like to talk about for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and one of the most popular responses out of your thousands was body image, food and exercise, especially during isolation.
I’m not an expert in any of these things... but if you need to hear it then please take this as a sign that you do not need to put any more pressure on yourself right now!
✨ EXERCISE - if getting out (safely) for a bike ride or following along with an online workout makes you feel better and improves your mental health, fabulous. Some people find it essential for their mind. If I am feeling sad or really anxious then as soon as I start moving I cry and then feel terrible. I’ve been trying some online classes this month with some friends and we do it together while on a video call to make it fun. But last week I felt rubbish, so I didn’t do that and watched TV instead. The first six weeks of lockdown I didn’t go for as much as a walk. Do what will make you feel good, never use it as a punishment. And for the millionth time, yoga is not a cure for depression.
✨ ONLINE - if you know that social media is making you feel terrible about yourself, you can either a) take a break and avoid it altogether or b) change your experience. If you follow someone who makes you feel bad (even if they don’t mean to) then you can unfollow them! If that feels too much or you just need a pause on seeing them, mute their posts or stories for as long as you like, they never need to know. Add more positive influences; find people who look like you, and who don’t, who make you feel good. Social media can be a tricky game but the beauty of it is that you do have a good amount of control - your feed is your own to curate in a way that works for you.
✨ FOOD - someone replied and said they felt like if they didn’t come out of quarantine lighter, they’d have failed. My heart! It is not your responsibility to look a certain way, ever, and this period of being away from people is not a test. If you have advice or resources that have helped you, please share below!
Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 🧠
The theme for this years awareness week is Kindness ☁️ There are lots of new avenues for kindness popping up in how we all try to care and keep each other safe, which is perfect because research shows that kindness is deeply connected to better mental health.
People are already talking about their mental states more at the moment - which is great! We’re collectively living through a very unusual period of change, which I think makes it easier for some to accept mental health issues as an important conversation - the reason for somebody feeling depressed or anxious is easier for them to understand. I really hope this will open doors for people in the future to have more empathy and compassion for all of the weird things our brains like to put us through, ‘understandable’ circumstance or not.
Continue to show kindness to others, it will make them and you feel better. If you’re struggling with your mental health right now and the people around you aren’t open to it - show kindness to yourself. We are here and we see you ♥️
Feeling grateful for: somewhere to sit outside, friends, the cat, getting rid of my full moon bad mood, snacks, the NHS and dodging the hangover I deserved to wake up with 🍷
I have felt extremely ‘meh’ today. How’s everyone doing?
AD You might remember earlier in the year I visited @jnj to see some of their latest healthcare innovations, including work on an HIV vaccine - what a long time ago that seems. Now as part of a global coalition they are helping to develop an investigational vaccine for COVID-19 and have produced a series, The Road to a Vaccine, that provides breaking information and answers questions about COVID-19.
I know from following the news that many doctors and scientists believe we won’t be able to fully regain normality until a vaccine for this virus becomes available and some predict one might even be ready before the end of the year. I have a lot of questions about this: how come it could be that quick when other vaccines take much longer? Will there be time for proper testing? Will it be adjusted every year like the flu vaccine? When they’re ready, should I get one?
@jnj is running this web series which explores and responds to some of these questions and the best part is that it’s LIVE so you can actually access their team and other expert scientists to ask your own questions.
You can watch it each week on Facebook, LinkedIn or JNJ.com at 12pm (EST) Tuesdays. I’ll post a countdown in my stories you can use it to set a reminder for today’s episode.
#jnj #livehealthylivewell #covid19
I know that many are unable to work online and have lost their jobs or are struggling at this time. As part of this partnership I will be making a donation to @fareshareuk
✨happy 5th birthday Olivia✨ you are the greatest, prrrpiest cat and the best isolation friend ever