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Illustrator perfectly captures the everyday anxieties we all deal with in series of thoughtful images

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Have you ever had one of those days where you feel consumed by a swarm of tiny, niggling worries? Or a restless night when the thoughts crashing around your brain stop you from falling asleep?

You're not alone.

Cartoonist and illustrator Gemma Correll has created a series of cathartic illustrations that depict her own struggles with anxiety and depression, and a lot of them are hugely relatable. From a wheel of insomnia charting the worries that keep you awake at night, to a set of stickers that congratulate you for completing those small tasks that can sometimes feel unachievable, these comics are both humorous and empathetic.

Illustrating real life scenarios that many of us will have found ourselves in, such as worrying about an ever-increasing to do list or mountain of unread emails, the colourfully drawn images focus on the worries that plague many people's minds. 

You can see below for a selection of our favourite illustrations from the series or view the complete set in Correll's aptly titled book, The Worrier's Guide To Life.

For when those unexpected conversations and sounds strike...

anxiety worry illustrations

For when you need to spend time by yourself...

anxiety worry illustrations

For when yoga is anything but relaxing...

anxiety worry illustrations

For when you accomplish small achievements...

anxiety worry illustrations

For when your body is a battleground...

anxiety worry illustrations

For when it's 3 am and you still can't sleep...

anxiety worry illustrations

For when you're hungry but keen to avoid company...

anxiety worry illustrations

For when you've got the January blues...

anxiety worry illustrations

For when you need an anxie-tree...

anxiety worry illustrations

For when you feel overwhelmed...

anxiety worry illustrations

For when the world is full of worry...

anxiety worry illustrations

For when the answer is, quite simply, no...

anxiety worry illustrations

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Sarah Biddlecombe is an award-winning journalist and Digital Features Editor at Stylist

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