Eating Disorders in Lockdown on The Invisible Cabaret Podcast (S1:E2)

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Yes, we know it’s been over a month. Don’t remind us.

Yes, after a ridiculous delay owing to some technical difficulties, we are thrilled to release Episode 2 of the Invisible Cabaret Podcast!

'Stop Being Emily Blunt!' | Bodies and Performing with Miss Mustardseed The Invisible Cabaret Podcast: Mental Health & The Arts

Ferrero Rochelle and Rosie Verbose are joined by troupe member Miss Mustardseed. By day, Miss Mustardseed is a critical care nurse and a key worker in the Covid crisis. By night, she likes to sing, recite poetry, and take her clothes off with Invisible Cabaret. Join us as we chat about how the pandemic is affecting her life and mental health, dodging compliments, and how creativity has become a vital outlet for her (along with roller derby and binging Try Guys videos).  If you'd prefer to watch the episode, you can find it on our YouTube channel – search 'Invisible Cabaret' on YouTube!  Full URL of the transcript for the episode: https://invisiblecabaret.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Lily-transcript.pdf CW: talk of eating disorders.  Below are time stamps to help you navigate:  00.00 – 08.09: introduction & choosing a burlesque name  08.09 – 14.00: performing with the Cabaret  14.00 – 19.05: being a nurse in a pandemic  19.05 – 37.20: eating disorders & body positivity vs. body neutrality  37.20 – end: weekly gratitude  Things Lily mentions:  NHS Wellbeing services for NHS workers: https://www.nhsemployers.org/news/2020/04/new-staff-health-and-wellbeing-support  Support for eating disorders: UK – https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/support-services/helplines  International: https://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/treatment-for-eating-disorders/international  Resources for families: https://familymentalwealth.com/families/  Megan Jayne Crabbe's book: 'Body Positive Power' – or check her out on Instagram: @bodyposipanda  Jameela Jamil's Vogue interview: https://www.vogue.co.uk/article/jameela-jamil-vogue-september-2019-issue. You can find her on Instagram as @jameelajamilofficial – or check out her passion project @i_weigh  Aphrodite Greene née Jones & Crystal Rasmussen's song sessions on Instagram: @tomglitter  Jonathan Van Ness, 'Over the Top' (@jvn on Instagram) 'Gay of Thrones' is available on YouTube and Amazon Prime  Emily Blunt's BALALALALALALAH moment frequently cited in this episode is available to watch in its full glory here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjJKdQTD1bc (original source: The Graham Norton Show, BBC)  Invisible Cabaret is a cabaret and burlesque troupe devoted to raising mental health awareness, founded by Rosie Verbose and Ferrero Rochelle.  With thanks to: Matt Ennis, http://www.mennismixing.co.uk  Music: Shades of Spring by Kevin MacLeod Link: incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4342-sh…es-of-spring  License: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/  Photo credit: Steve Gregson Photography — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/invisible-cabaret/message
Miss Mustardseed on stage performing her poem about eating disorders. She is sitting on a chair in front of a small table, on which stands a muffin. She is wearing a long check shirt and woolly socks.
Miss Mustardseed in her ‘standoff with a muffin’

In this episode, Ferrero Rochelle and Rosie Verbose are joined by troupe member Miss Mustardseed. By day, Miss Mustardseed is a critical care nurse and a key worker in the Covid crisis. By night, she likes to sing, recite poetry, and take her clothes off with Invisible Cabaret. She also brings her professional and personal opinion to the subject of eating disorders in lockdown. Join us as we chat about how the pandemic is affecting her life and mental health, and how creativity has become a vital outlet for her (along with roller derby and binging Try Guys videos).

You can watch on YouTube (below) or listen on a variety of platforms available here!

CW: this episode features a substantial discussion on eating disorders, especially the potential exacerbation of eating disorders in lockdown. We have done our very best to make sure the conversation is not triggering for fellow sufferers, but we’d urge you to stick to the safe side if you feel unsure. You can use the below time stamps to navigate:

00.00 – 08.09: introduction & choosing a burlesque name

08.09 – 14.00: performing with the Cabaret

14.00 – 19.05: being a nurse in a pandemic

19.05 – 37.20: eating disorders & body positivity vs. body neutrality

37.20 – end: weekly gratitude

Whether you feel body positivity or body neutrality, whichever of those you feel is most useful to you, that is absolutely fine. The movements, I like to think, are based on the idea that whatever shape, size, colour you are, that is fine. You don’t have to look a certain way. But I know body positivity [might be] not a comfortable concept or an appropriate concept in terms of your path to recovery, and that body neutrality is a fantastic way to do it as well.

miss mustardseed on dealing with eating disorders in lockdown

Things mentioned in this episode

Read the transcript here or download below:

Want to hear more from Lily AKA Miss Mustardseed? Read her blog here!

We hope to interview cabaret performers and theatre creatives the world over, so if you have any suggestions or you’d like to make any nice introductions with potential guests who are open about mental health related subjects, come at us!

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