Let’s Talk: Reading, Blogging & Mental Health

Hi everyone! Another chatty post here.

So I’m fairly open in general about the poor state my mental health is/can be. It’s not the worst it’s been but also not the best, and there are days I struggle no end. I have to take medication daily to try and keep my head above the water.

How is this anything to do with books, you say? Well. If I’m having a bad day, imagine me just scrolling without purpose through social media all day. I can’t even bring myself to pick up a book, and that includes reading on my phone. I just can’t, my brain refuses to cooperate. If I’m having a better day, I can easily finish a book in a day (or 2 if they’re short, but you get my point) so you can see how my mental health can big time affect how much reading I can get done.

If you know me, you know that I read a lot. I definitely do! But sometimes I just can’t focus on anything other than my mentally ill brain. And I know it’s not a reading slump, because reading slumps happen whenever, not only when I’m feeling bad.

Which brings me onto blogging, on here and on my bookstagram. I love blogging, I love getting my thoughts out, but if I’m having a bad day, I seriously lack in motivation to do anything – blogging is the last thing on my mind. My brain will also try telling me that no one cares about what I have to say anyway, which I try to work on not thinking. I do have a few drafts that I will post whenever if I don’t feel good enough to write something up, but this only works if I haven’t scheduled those posts for a certain day. And if I’ve been feeling up to reading, otherwise where will my reviews come from? I also feel bad when I take a while to catch up with recent posts, but sometimes I’m just too overwhelmed to do so. With bookstagram, it’s the same. It’s easy enough to take a photo of a book and add hashtags but there’s just days I can’t bring myself to do it. And that’s ok.

I hope you’ve liked this post as I know it is more open than any other I’ve posted before, but mental health is something that affects me on a daily basis and needs to be spoken about so I don’t struggle in silence. If I’m ever slow at responding to comments, or take a while to like your posts or interact in general, this is why! But I’m doing the best I can and I love reading your posts, honest!

Have a great day 🙂


3 thoughts on “Let’s Talk: Reading, Blogging & Mental Health

  1. Hi Georgia,
    I’m so glad you took the time to write this post. I struggle with mental health as well and it severely effects my reading and writing, too. When mental health takes a toll on your mind, it also does so on your determination, motivation, and energy. It can be really difficult to get into the mood to read, even when it’s one of your favorite things to do. I’m glad you shared this because there are definitely others (like me) struggling with the same issues and it’s always nice to know we’re not alone! I hope your mind offers you some peace in the days to come♥

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  2. Hi! I’m really glad that I came across this post. I’ve been struggling with two mental illnesses for nearly a decade and have only recently been more open about it. I’ve always loved to read, and I had been wanting to make a book blog for a long time, but the motivation wasn’t there. It can be so frustrating to have a passion, but not be able to peruse it because our brains are overtaken by our mental health issues.

    Thank you so much for sharing this. It really means a lot to see others be open about this topic.

    And please remember that it’s okay to take a break if you need it. Take care!


  3. Hi! I’m very glad you shared this post, because I can relate so badly. My mental health has such a big impact on how much reading I get done and it feels good knowing I’m not alone in this. We also don’t have to force ourselves to read or write a blog post, because our mental health will always be the most important thing. Take care! ❤


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