Media personality Ciru Muriuki has finally broken her long hiatus on Instagram, explaining that she has been going through a difficult period in her life.

The BBC Africa journalist, in a video uploaded to her IG page, said she has been struggling with her mental health, depression and self-image.

The former NTV presenter also attributed her absence on social media to her demanding job.

I have been MIA on social media for a bit. The biggest reason is work. Work can get really busy and don’t get me wrong, I love my job but it’s also really demanding…then there is also the fact that I have been struggling a bit with my mental health. I’ve had moments of great anxiety, I’ve had a couple of depressed moments,” she said.

Adding: “You know what, I’m understating it when I say depressed moments it sounds like I felt down for about three minutes and sixty three seconds and that’s not the case. I’ve had periods of days and days turning to weeks that I’ve just not been okay and because I’ve not been okay I have not had the motivation to do much other than work and sleep.”

With regards to her self-image, Ciru said she has gained weight and she is not loving how she looks.

I had started working out this year and then I stopped and since then, I’ve put on quite some weight and I’m not really loving myself physically right now because I’m at my absolute thickest I’ve ever been. You know there are times you walk past your mirror and you’re like what is that rhino in my room, oh no it’s me. So I’ve really been struggling with my self-image and if you’re not really feeling great about yourself you’re not going to be posting many pictures of yourself,” said Ciru.