First and foremost – especially in the past year – it's been about putting my mental health first. To help stay focused, I chose a word I could use all the time when I was just getting too wound up or frustrated.
I tore my ACL [knee ligament] last year playing netball, and had to have surgery. I hadn't realised how much I was relying on exercise as my 'medication', but not being able to exercise caused my depression to come back.
There is a lot of advice out there, like go to a yoga class and be more mindful, but sometimes you need to have a change of scene too. My husband and I try to go away regularly, and we make sure we're actually having some time off.
too much on my plate'.
The most common discussion points on my Facebook page are around body image. People say, 'When I've lost 20kg I'm going to do this' , or 'I can't wait to do that but I need to lose some weight first.' It's this mindset of 'I have to drop weight before I'm letting myself do something', and I think it's really sad and frustrating. So many emotions come from a comment like that.
I think social media is driving a lot of that stress among women, especially young women. Facebook has been around for 14 years, and we're in a stage where we're more developed around how we filter information and what we take on, but the younger generation aren't. They grew up with social media everywhere, without any education around the realities of it, and they think it's the world.