Diary of a Girl in a Slump: Why I went “Unplugged”

I’m not sure what the cause/effect relationship was here, but my recent anxiety flare up came about when my sleeping pattern became well and truly (excuse my language, mum) fucked. I’m not sure whether the anxiety flared up and caused me to start suffering from hypersomnia again (intense need to sleep for much longer than is healthy), or if the hypersomnia kicked in and led to me becoming more anxious than normal. Either way, a fine mix of sleeping for 11 hours a night and not being fully awake until midday and not climbing out of bed until 2pm, and finding myself thinking too much about and over-analyzing negative situations that happened a month ago saw me shrink right in on myself. Achieving simple tasks, like getting dressed or making a coffee became distressing to the point of ridiculousness, and my boyfriend was coming home from work at 5pm to find me a little down that I’d achieved virtually nothing that day. After a week of ignoring everything and my boiler breaking down (so adult), I snapped, and knew something had to give; I decided it was time to unplug and get myself together.

Brands and Bots – What’s the Deal?

A few weeks back, having reviewed a small brand with a great ethos and wonderful audience, I was followed by another start-up British brand. Having liked the look of their products, I gave them a follow, and then I ordered a few and waited patiently for them to arrive. All I received was an order confirmation, nothing else. No estimated shipping time, no invoice, nothing. I put it down to the brand being small and thought little of it. When the products took almost 2 weeks to arrive, I was anxious. The products, thankfully, were good, but the packaging was a little confusing. I decided to check the website to see if their was any advice on how to work the packaging. Not knowing the website, I quickly went through Instagram and noticed something suspicious; their following had grown exponentially, from around 2000 to over 9000 followers in the 2 weeks since I’d ordered, despite very little new content. Checking their following list, I noticed I’d been mysteriously unfollowed.