I’m sorry that I’ve been MIA both online and on my social media channels recently. I decided to give myself a break, which just happened to co-inside with Season 2 of The Bold Type.
Instagram, in particular, was starting to have a negative impact on my mental health. Even with all of my experience, I still fall prey to FOMO at times and feel insecure about my life based on what other people are doing.
Unlike many of the established bloggers and influencers out there, I don’t really have what you might call ‘friends in high places.’ I’m not posh, have a rich family who works in media, and I don’t go round Greg James’ house for a dinner party and then complain about it. (Yes I know this person). All of the above = more opportunities and no amount of networking on my part can really change that.
What’s sad is, none of this was even on my radar until the book came out. Back then, I thought that everything was based on honesty and creative merit. (This was also back when I was an idiot, with really good hair). I didn’t realise that some people had an advantage. The last year has been a learning curve, with as many positives as there have been negatives.
When you live in the world of social media, insecurity is part of the package and I accept that. Yet, I’m also very human, which means that I experience jealousy… and on occasion, blinding fits of rage, which I take out on The Kardashians. (Seriously try it, just turn on their show and scream obscenities at the TV).
Taking some time out felt like the healthiest thing to do. I wouldn’t swap my lot in life for anything and that’s what I always come back to. Claire Eastham = mental health awareness and advice.
Thank you all so much for your patience and endless support. You’re truly the reason that I write.
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