Last month it was World Mental Health Day on 10th October. It got me thinking about how I have been during lockdown. For the past few weeks, I haven’t been myself truthfully. I’ve been a bit down in the dumps and getting emotional about the simplest things. It’s really been affecting my mental health. Thankfully I have friends and family who support me and can sometimes tell when I’m not myself and need my space. I wanted to write a post so that you know why I’ve been a bit quiet on here and my socials recently.
This one’s a long one so I’d grab a big ol’ mug of tea.
First things first
Josh and I broke up. We’re still going to be good friends but I guess it’ll be a bit different between us both. We were both really busy with work and even though I saw it coming it’s still upsetting. I’ve been spending lots of time at home and with Alice, Chris and Marcus at the local pub quiz to take my mind off it. It’s only in the past few years where I’ve really thought about my mental health and how it affects my mood and others around me. I am very thankful for them.
Will, Jake, Marty and Lauren have also been absolute stars throughout these past few weeks too, making sure I’m alright and checking on me. I did cancel a few events with them as I just felt like I would bring them down with my constant mood change but looking back I should’ve gone and had fun! Luckily, I’m feeling a lot more like myself so keep an eye on my Instagram for plenty of festive themed drink outings and activities, there’s just something about autumn and winter that cheers me up.
Don’t believe everything you see on social media
During the first stages of lockdown, I saw loads of people living a ‘dream life’ when in actual fact, everything isn’t as it seems. My time in the first stage? I was crying pretty much every day from the stress of having to complete my degree from home in my bedroom and the fact my job’s security wasn’t very good either. Safe to say I wasn’t talking good care of my mental health. Thankfully I was furloughed and I managed to earn my 2:1 but it literally took blood, sweat and tears. I missed my class and workmates so thank god for Microsoft Teams, FaceTime and group chats.
I don’t want to try and replicate anyone on social media but sometimes I do feel like I live a boring life compared to others and I guess that’s where I’m making my first mistake. You shouldn’t compare yourself to others. I always make what I think is a big effort with my appearance but then I feel a bit deflated when I go on Instagram and see slimmer people doing similar things.
That’s why at the start of lockdown I decided to go on the treadmill at least three times a week but that lasted all of two months as I couldn’t be bothered, but I guess that is one thing about living at home and being single again – I’m not eating out every other day and piling on a few pounds and I’m back at work now where I’m constantly on my feet, fleeting across the shop helping customers and my team.
Taking time for myself
Lockdown unlocked some hidden crafting talents I had. I taught myself how to cross stitch and managed to complete a few secret projects for family and friends – it killed a few days! I would just plonk myself on the sofa for hours on end and stitch my heart away, it’s nice coming home from a long day of work and just relaxing with a tea and cross stitching…god I sound like a grandma but I’m happy and that’s all that matters. In fact, while I’m writing this post, I have a gingerbread house that needs completing.
Around my birthday in September I did some editing work for my Dad’s work. It was really fun to use the skills I’d learnt at university. I got a lovely gift through the post from the company too which was I was very shocked about as I was just doing them a favour! It was funny to watch my Dad’s reaction whenever something went wrong or I needed to fix something as I did it so calmly, haha! I can tell you now – I don’t get my organisational trait for my Dad! I can’t leave anything to the last minute, hence why my Blogmas posts are always written a few months in advance so I can tweak them if needs be.
Some changes on the blog
I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone on Twitter and Instagram who has reached out and who still reads my older posts. It really does mean the world.
You might have noticed I’ve changed my domain name to my actual name. Indigo Violet Diaries has done me well over these past three years but change is always good, so say hello to niamhdarby.com! I LOVE IT. You may have also seen a new addition to the menu choices above – you can now shop any products featured on my Instagram posts or stories, some are affiliate links however as I’m trying out a new program.
If you are struggling with your mental health, make sure you talk to someone or check out this site here. You’re not alone.
Finally, thanks for being here. Don’t forget to take some time for yourselves today.