Hi! I’m Isla and I am the hands, passion and purpose behind The Print Creative.
Starting today, The Print Creative will be sharing daily mental health check ins via its Insta story.
I started the Print Creative in an attempt to realign myself with drawing, an outlet that has truly helped me beyond measure in recent years. Yet, when I started creating my prints I truthfully was in a terrible place with my mental heath. Bouts of depression, consistent anxiety and a struggle when obsessive compulsive perfectionism disorder have both driven me to amazing places and truly disabled me in different times of my life so far.
I do not want to be the person who keeps their struggles behind closed doors in fear of criticism or gossip. As there has been countless women and men from the Insta community that have shared their journey which in turn has helped me immensely over past couple of years.
I started drawing my favourite objects when I was in my deepest depressive episode to date. I needed to remind myself of all my favourite things. Possessions are not everything, but possessions can be reminders of happier memories and reasons to keep going.
Whether mental health is something you struggle with or not, something as simple as a beautiful print, a cup of tea or some flowers can serve as a reminder for all of us to smile, even if its just for a moment.
I am so excited to go on this journey with all of you amazing people and continue to draw all the beautiful things we are lucky enough to have in our lives!
Sending lots off love & strength to you all ✨
I've had my share of set backs on the road to recovery. It has not been a linear process, it has been a meandering path towards some stability. From taking multiple incorrect anti-psychotic medications to being re-hospitalized, I have felt very much lost. Recovery is a lengthy process, it does not happen instantaneously. For someone like me, recovery could entail my entire lifetime.
If you're struggling right now, I encourage you to get professional help. Also, there are a lot of resources out there to help you beyond seeing a psychiatrist and counselor. NAMI offers peer support at no cost simply search for a local NAMI at www.nami.org.
It's hard to explain what crippling anxiety looks/feels like. It doesn't discriminate. It just hits hard and you have to push on.
We all deal with it as best we can. And what you see on social media/photos/tweets sometimes doesn't always represent how we are feeling. It also doesn't mean that we don't have good days/take photos and try our very best to enjoy each moment and appreciate the good days 10 times over. The online support for anxiety/depression is unreal. It opens your eyes to how many people are suffering and that makes you feel less alone and like there's light at the end of the tunnel. No matter how long that tunnel may be.
I don't think I look like I have anxiety 🤔 But i do. I'm not ashamed. I'm not perfect. But i push on and i think that makes me pretty strong 💪I don't always understand myself or my thought process but i will try to be better and work on me and help others. If you're suffering remember you're strong too. You can do it.
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Weight gain ain’t all bad. Almost 8kg up and in a place I never thought I’d be ✨✨✨
“Stay strong, be brave, love hard and true, and you will have nothing to lose.” @ddlovato
please know how much we all love and support you ♡ you have helped me through so much and I care about you so immensely. Whatever you’re going through know you can get through it - you’ve done it before and you can do it again ♡ always supporting you, always believing in you ♡
We all need help sometimes. Do you feel like you're stuck in a sea of confusion or emotions and left without a paddle? Or more like you're drowning in obstacles, self-doubt, or impossible responsibilities? It takes courage to ask for help, but it might just turn your boat around.
I’ve written a new piece on the blog about anxiety. So many people in my life struggle with it, myself included. I used to assume that by the time I reached my 30s, my anxiety would calm down. I suppose I thought that when I was settled in my personal and professional life, my anxiety would fall by the wayside. Unfortunately I’m it still troubled by it, but it’s not quite as bad as it has been in the past. ✨
I’m not alone in this and I’ve realised that whatever life choices you make, there will be a certain amount of pressure, resulting in stress and anxiety. Whether you choose to have kids, get married, or stay single, all of those decisions will bring worry and societal pressure. Work enviably creates it’s own unmanageable stress also.
Of course it’s important to have goals to strive for and there’s nothing wrong with ambition, but it’s a mistake to think that achieving those goals will bring inner peace. I think it’s more healthy to aim to exist in the moment and accept that you’re only human and as such, the amount anyone can do in one day is finite. By accepting this, you can sooth your anxiety and you might find that you get more stuff done. You can read more by clicking on the link above. 👆🏻
Does anyone else find that the pressure of daily life causes unmanageable anxiety? What do you do to stay calm? Let me know in the comments. .
#anxiety #generalisedanxietydisorder #stress #modernlife #mentalhealthmaven
Today I thought I would write down some self care ideas for you to try out for those days you need a little pick me up! We all have themthem, but sometimes we need some ideas of what to do on those days! So I've complied list of ideas for you all.
Prepare and eat a meal mindfully.
We've become dependent on meals on-the-go and fast food, rarely taking the time to savor what we eat, much less the food preparation. Make the choice to prepare and eat a meal mindfully, at least once a week.
Amend your diet.
What you eat makes such a difference in how you feel about yourself physically and mentally. What is one small change you can make in your diet to improve it? Trying dropping one bad item from your diet and replacing it with one good item (like a fruit or vegetable).
Drink more water.
Water keeps your body temp in normal range, lubricates your joints, keeps your organs functioning, and helps you eliminate waste. Most people don't drink enough water throughout the day.you should aim to drink 1.2litres of water a day. You can get fluids from food and other beverages, but try to make the majority of this intake pure water....
You can read the full post over on my blog www.daintybailey.blogspot.co.uk at 12pm (bst) You'll also find the link in my bio!
Pretty happy with this mornings run 🏃♀️ why? I’ve come a long way in 13 months. Last summer I struggled to walk much further 500 meters at snails pace 🐌 without having to rest or even lie down. Clinical depression physically debilitated me to the point that I never thought I’d be normal again. People don’t understand the physical side to CD, the limitations that it’s causes your body which completely shuts down. I finally plucked up the courage to start running about 6 weeks ago after my husband suggested it - I immediately shot him down 🤭I couldn’t help but think what a ridiculous suggestion! At the time I was feeling quite low and fed up of my daily routine which consisted of trying to do yoga but failing as my energy was so low and my aching body letting me down. However, I started with running around the block (about 250 meters), realised I quite liked it, and every day just edged it a bit further. Now I’m able to run 4.5k and follow with 20 minutes yoga stretches. And I feel amazing 😉. I can’t recommend it enough to increase those endorphins and make you feel much better about yourself and life. Install the health app on your iPhone, monitor your steps - I’m amazed to see that I regularly meet 9k (13000 steps) a day. I hope my story can help inspire others who are struggling, make sure you look after yourself. When you feel good the world is a much sunnier and positive place, and everything feels much more achievable. Set small goals, I started with saying I’d be happy to run 1k and in such a short space of time I’ve achieved this and much more. FINALLY don’t compare yourself to body perfect fitness people on social media - unfollow them and take control of how you feel about yourself.
When you work from home, you can get out of bed and start work without leaving the house. It's great not having to commute, but you can get disconnected from the outside world. I've been making a conscious effort recently to go outside for a walk, a jog or even just a stroll around the garden before starting work. This beautiful view was my reward today. Thank you @herowellbeing
for inspiring me to get outside at the beginning of the day. My energy levels and mental wellbeing have improved dramatically.
This tee is 1 of our favourites with the pop colours. Perfect summer addition to your wardrobe. unisex sizes on all items too. available via the website listed in my bio above 😘⚡👆✔
MARCH 18, 2018; 7:54 PM: [ TWO OF WANDS ]
The Twos in Tarot often represent decisions of some sort. In the case of the Two of Wands, YOU ARE MAKING A DECISION BETWEEN STICKING WITH WHAT YOU KNOW, OR EXPANDING YOUR HORIZONS AND TAKING A RISK. You know that the world has to offer you something ‘bigger’ or more meaningful, yet you are also aware that in order to maximise on this opportunity, you must leave your familiar grounds. Even though you have already invested a lot into your current circumstances, FOR YOU TO BE ABLE TO GROW AND TO MAXIMISE YOUR POTENTIAL, it is imperative that you step out into a new world and explore your options. 👤
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