How chaos and vanity are causing video call anxiety

Jittering audio comes out of my laptop as someone plays music from their speaker, a few friends are dancing, one has their face frozen and a couple of others are attempting to find a comedic Zoom background. They haven’t yet noticed I’ve joined. “How is everyone doing?” I ask as I finally connect my webcam…

Lockdown loneliness and learning to self-love

43 days. Just over 6 weeks. That’s how long I’ve been home, without physical contact with anyone other than my immediate family. I looked at myself in the mirror the other day. Right in the eyes. As I watched my reflection stare back at me, apart from feeling somewhat narcissistic, I realised that was probably the…

The blind truth about migraines

A light turns on and now I see only flickering objects and flashing faces. “Maybe it’ll pass” I tell myself as I look down at my right hand which I can only see half of. “Sometimes it does.” My body tingles. My hands shake. As my peripheral vision blurs for longer than 5 minutes I…

In a time of isolation, let’s be thankful for eachother

Isolation. Loneliness. Fear. I’ve seen and heard these words far too much over the past week. In a time of mass-uncertainty, I’ve felt upset as my friends and family worry about the wellbeing and health of others. One day in to self-isolation, one thing for me has become clear. Togetherness. Love. Hope. These are the…

Breaking the mental health stigma with mindfulness

“You might have a sore foot or headache and mental illness is just the same as that. It’s OK to say you’re struggling with how your brain is working and it will get better.” – Alice Lowrie, Mindfulness for Children, Stroud. It’s ‘Time to Talk Day’, which sees a nationwide effort to break the stigma around…