Moody met Vlogger Hannah Witton and found out more about her story so far and why her YouTube channel on all things Sex is so important now.
What MOODY tribe are you?
When you feel low, what is the music you play to pull yourself out of it?
Why and how did you find out about hormones and what did this mean for you?
I've always known about hormones existing but I've never known about them. Not until last year when I decided to come off my contraceptive pill that I'd been on for seven years with no questions asked. Now I ask all the questions.
Describe your current state of wellbeing:
Overall pretty damn good.
How do you know when things start to feel out of whack?
I stop what I'm doing, and do something else.
What are your specific triggers that change the way you feel?
If I have an unnecessary lie-in, or a lazy morning it throws me off for the rest of the day.
What's your top tips for balancing your hormones, cycles and mood health?
Listening to my body and trusting my gut.
How would you describe your relationship with your moods?
I would say at times it's frustrating because I often try to resist what mood I'm feeling, and that just leads to more pain. More recently I've been trying to accept my moods as they come.
If you're feeling low how do you pull yourself out of it?
Talking to someone - a friend or my partner.
Nominate three friends that should visit Moody:
Lucy Moon, Bethan Leadley and Leena Norms.
What would your famous last words be?
Tell us about you and your journey to vlogging?
I got into vlogging in 2011 when I was living just outside of Paris as an aupair. It was then that I really got into watching YouTube videos and found myself immersed in the online community, and I just knew I wanted to be a part of it, so I started making my own videos.
Why and how did Sex become your topic?
Even before I started making videos I had noticed through my school experience and friends that our sex education was extremely lacking. It was something that I was passionate and angry about.
I then discovered Laci Green's videos and watching them really inspired me to start making sex education content of my own.
By this point I'd been making videos for about nine months and I had a small audience of young women and girls and I wanted to give back to them and use my platform for good.
What are your thoughts on the positive impact of sharing experiences and knowledge through peer to peer - vlogging/ social ?
I think the simple act of sharing your own experiences can have a huge positive impact on others. It can help people come to terms with themselves, love themselves, feel more comfortable and normal in life and maybe seek any help they need.
How do you want to make an impact and why?
I want to make people feel normal. One of the biggest anxieties people have around their bodies, sexual preferences and sex life is that they're not normal. Society teaches us to be ashamed and embarrassed of who we are and if we don't fit into a specific mould then we're freaks. I want to show that everyone is different and everyone is normal.
Tell us about sex and hormones, what do you know and what can you share?
All I know is that there is so much more that I don't know and I'm constantly seeking out new information. The levels of hormones in our bodies (testosterone, estrogen, progesterone) affect our desire for sex. But there's little research or evidence into to what extent, and whether it’s the same for everybody. We get told that our cycle affects our sex drive, but I've never noticed any differences during my cycle. So it's not that simple, and there's a lot to learn.
What do you think are the biggest barriers to more openness around taboo topics, like periods, sex and bodies?
Education. If we're taught from an early age that it's okay to talk about these things and we refer to body parts as their proper scientific names, it removes a lot of the shame and mystery.
Top reads over the past twelve months?
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Hear more from Hannah, by subscribing to her epic YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/hannahgirasol
Or follow her on @hannahwitton