Chronic illness

Joy is not an indulgence, it’s a necessity. Without it we render ourselves vulnerable to depression and burnout as well as our ability to connect and be of use to the wider world. Think of each day as a blank canvas and try to fill it with things that uplift you. Look for beauty because joy is never far behind it – whether it’s a spider’s web, an art gallery or the rhythm of falling rain. Notice the things that make you laugh and lift your spirits. Give yourself permission to have more of what enthuses and impassions your life.

Words from: We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere by Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel

On Christmas ...
I claim to be festive phobic. However, I know that I escape it to avoid the loss. Part of me found something to love in the awfulness of it all, a series of now-missing someones. Bear this in mind should you find yourself lamenting “having” to spend Christmas with your family: one minute you have to, the next you can’t.

from Hannah Betts, We Should Cherish Christmas, The Times, 21 December 2016