Because symptoms of anxiety only sometimes show their horns, it can be easy to hide the fact that you're stressed AF. And while that can be a godsend during a meeting with your boss or a nerve-racking first date, you don't have to suffer in silence when your mental health is on the fringe.
It's why Ella Endi, a 27-year-old who's long struggled with anxiety and depression, recently posted a before-and-after photo to Instagram to shed light on the mental health issues that can plague people who appear perfectly fine online:
In the photo on the right, Ella had recently lost it after a particularly grueling Monday. "I didn’t get much sleep the night before, and that led to me having a rough day mentally," she wrote in her caption. "Every minor inconvenience stuck to me like glue, and by nighttime it all felt so heavy that I couldn’t help but cry."
After a conversation with her best friend, she felt so much better - but that didn't fix her mascara situation: Her tears had caused the makeup to pool around her eyes. When she noticed her raccoon eyes about two hours later, she snapped a selfie to send to the friend who'd helped lift her mood. The girls ended up sending silly shots back and forth until Ella glammed it up using a filter. "My eyes, skin, and smile are all GLOWING. I look like I’m doing well there, but I absolutely wasn’t," she wrote in her caption.
Ella's side-by-sides prove that filters can drastically change a person's narrative - it's no wonder you tend to see people's happiest sides online. Still, no one says you have to hide your pain from the world.
A better bet, Ella says, is to hit up a family member, friend, or mental health pro for support: "Asking for help doesn't mean you're weak," she wrote. "It means you're brave AF!"
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