We live in unprecedented times and we’re all feeling the effects. In June, mental health charity Mind
surveyed 16,000 people and found that over half of adults and young people reported worse mental health as a result of the lockdown in March. Whenever I sit down to work out what actually feels wrong, I can’t help but flail my arms helplessly and just go, “Everything?”. I feel sluggish. I feel tired. My attention wanders instantly no matter what I’m trying to do. I catch myself clenching my jaw
about fourteen times a day. The world which before felt so wide and free now seems so very, very small, and my body feels like it has trash compacted inwards as a result. More worryingly, the charity also found that people were self-medicating by over- and under-eating (over half), using alcohol and recreational drugs (a third) and self-harm (a third of young people with existing mental health problems).