Name: Kate Giffin
Fav thing about your city: I love living downtown, being near friends and being able to walk anywhere at any time.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself: I have a YouTube channel where I post vlogs, makeup tutorials, storytimes, etc where I go as “TheKateAudrey”. Having a YT channel inspired me to start my blog!
Why is ending the stigma important to you?
So many people feel alone and helpless. Without the stigma surrounding mental illness people wouldn’t feel so scared to seek help. Although there is progress being made, there are still many people that are afraid of mental illness. I think it’s important that as many people as possibly are educated on their own minds. It will help them understand their own life a little better, and also the people around them.
Growing up, I always thought there was something wrong with me. I’ve always been sensitive and overly nervous in social situations. I don’t think I would have understood (even my own) mental illness if I hadn’t heard others’ stories and advice through social media. Finding out that anxiety was a common thing made me feel so much less alone.
I want everyone to know that no matter what they're going through, things will get better. Pain is temporary. It may come back, but it won’t last forever. If people can have a better understanding of mental health and mental illness, the world will become a better place.
What does your every day look like?
I personally suck at waking up in the morning. I usually press the snooze buttons 2-3 times… (self care, right?). When I finally get up, I usually spend 20-60 minutes doing my makeup. This is one of my favourite parts of the day because I literally get to create something new every day. When I’m done my makeup I get dressed, and (during the school year) I grab a cliff bar, my bags, and go out the door. Every morning I stop at a coffee shop near my college. Coffee is normally my fuel for the day. When I’ve got my coffee, I head over to school. I’m normally early because I don’t like showing up after everything’s already settled. The best part about going to college is that we get to be creative all day every day. It feels great knowing I get to do something exciting every single day.
After class is over for the day, I normally head home for a nap. I’m an introvert, so being around people all day drains my energy no matter how much fun I’m having. Naps are an essential part of taking care of myself. When I wake up, I normally do something for my personal enjoyment; Netflix, blogging, etc. When I’m done relaxing, I get onto my homework. After this it’s usually time for bed.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Being mad at others for the way you feel isn’t going to help you feel better. No matter what anyone says or does, how you take any given situation is up to YOU at the end of the day. You can’t blame anyone else for making you anxious or depressed. If someone hurts you, move on and find someone else to spend your time with. Anxiety and depression can be treated… and your mindset is up to you. Spend less time being bitter towards others, and more time finding yourself and your true path. “I hate people” should not be in your vocabulary. There are SO MANY great people in the world. The people who hurt you are struggling too.
Who is a Role Model to you?
One of my biggest role models is my mom. She is starting a business and is super excited about life. She not only is excited about her life, but also mine. She supports everything I do and all of the decisions I make, and sometimes it seems like even on her busiest days she’s still coming up with new ideas for my future. She is also very aware of mental health and has helped a lot by being my counsellor during my bad times in life.
One thing my mom taught me that I never really grasped until this year, is that other people’s negativity stems from insecurity. A truly confident person won’t feel the need to put you down. Every time somebody is rude, they’re struggling internally with something. Although it’s not pleasant to be around negativity, it’s important to remember not to take it personally. That’s something I have struggled with for my entire life. I thought “wow, nobody likes me”. When in reality, they didn’t like themselves.
How do you send your Self-Care Sunday?
I spend my Self-Care Sunday reading, coming up with new ideas and getting inspired. Sometimes I’ll put on a face mask and take a bath while watching Netflix. Self-Care Sunday can consist of anything but to me it is all about creating your friendship with yourself. A lot of people struggle with being alone and often feel lonely or bored. The best way to fix this is to learn how to have fun by yourself, and in the end you’ll learn more about yourself. I spend a lot of time trying to understand meaning behind life, and finding my spirituality. I’ve learned a lot about myself in the process.