WYL: Tell us a bit about yourself
JS: My name is Jessica Sundblad, and I’m officially 21 years old this month! I grew up traveling around Europe and continue to travel back and forth from Canada to Germany and Sweden to visit my family, throughout the year. I take pride in being a duel citizen of both Canada and Sweden. I’m currently in my final year of my undergrad, in hopes of pursuing a career in media and journalism. I love to travel, paint, and experience new things as often as possible. When I’m not pulling my hair out writing endless papers for school, there is nothing I adore more than eating delicious food and drinking wine with my friends. A kitchen full of laughing and singing and cooking is my bliss.
WYL: What is your connection to mental illness?
JS: My connection to mental illness is that I have anxiety. Anxiety, in my experience, is extremely frustrating and exhausting. It’s frustrating because it can be so irrational and you are fully aware of how irrational it is, which makes it exhausting because you can’t make it stop. It’s kind of like when you’re in the car, and your seatbelt locks up for absolutely no reason, as if it thinks you’re going to crash, but you’re not. So, you just sit there kind of stuck and panicking until it looses up again. Over time, I’ve learned how to cope with this feeling in different ways, and I’ve learned to manage anxiety attacks. Most importantly, I’ve learned that admitting that you’re not okay is not weakness; it is an extremely underrated strength. I still have some days that, for lack of a better word, suck. However, the good days always out number the bad.
WYL: What is your favourite method of self-care?
JS: I’ve turned my bedroom into a space of absolute serenity. There is a complete absence of anything annoying, or emotionally overwhelming. I light lots of wonderful smelling candles, have lots of pillows and blankets, keep lots of plants, drink tea, read books, and completely surround myself with the simple things that I love. Through a combination of all these little things, I create a soothing mindset of utter coziness. It’s my favourite method of self-care.
WYL: If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?
JS: Don’t try to be so tough all the time. It’s always worth the chance of getting hurt in order to feel and experience all the love. Be open.
WYL: Do you have a quote that has helped you through a tough time?
JS: “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – (Albus Dumbledore) J.K Rowling
1. Cats or dogs?
100% dogs. I’m obsessed.
2. Fav place in the world?
It’s a toss up between Banff, Alberta and Stockholm, Sweden.
3. Coffee or tea?
I love a strong cup of coffee, but I drink more tea.
4. What is the best thing that has happened to you this year?
That’s an impossible question! I’m a pretty lucky kid.