Mental Health Talk newsletter – Issue 14, 17 January 2020

By Jeremy Godwin.

Hello and welcome to another issue of Mental Health Talk! Let’s get into this week’s newsletter with a round-up of practical advice for improving and maintaining your mental health and wellbeing – this week I’m sharing articles about finding balance, redefining success, celebrating tiny wins, and more. So, let’s talk!

This week’s Episode of Let’s Talk About Mental Health…

This week’s episode/post of Let’s Talk About Mental Health is Let’s Talk About… Balance. It’s all about why it’s so important for your mental health and wellbeing to find balance in all areas of your life, and how to do it. Read here or listen below:

Also available on all major platforms (Apple, Google, Spotify, CastBox, Stitcher etc.) – get links here.

Please take a moment to click on the ‘follow’ button (like the one in the player above), because the more followers my podcast gets the easier it is to help other new listeners find it (search engines are only interested in stuff that other people are interested in!). Thanks! 🙂

Articles of the Week…

Finding Balance (Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division, 2016): When I was doing research for the most recent podcast episode on balance, I came across this excellent resource from the Canadian Mental Health Association – it’s one of a number of online learning modules designed to help readers work through topics related to improving and maintaining good mental health, and I highly recommend taking some time to review it in order to work on ways to improve your balance. Read it here.

Why You Should Celebrate After Every Tiny Win (Thrive Global, 31 December 2019): Last week I shared a Thrive Global article by Arianna Huffington on ‘microsteps’, and this article continues that conversation by exploring the benefits associated with celebrating every tiny win we achieve. As someone who is prone to over-focusing on the negative (thanks, anxiety!) and who is self-employed (hello, more anxiety!), this was a timely read for me because I’m making this kind of conscious thought a daily focus – and I’m already seeing a massive change in my general wellbeing as a result. Read it here.

The happiness curve, and why your midlife isn’t a crisis (ABC News, 1 August 2019): For many people in their forties, it can be a time of reflection and lead to questioning about where to from here, and research has indicated that happiness can dip at this stage of life. Rather than dwelling on the negative (or buying a sports car), this can be a chance to explore new ways of creating contentment in your life if you choose to treat it as an opportunity rather than a negative. Even if you’re in a different age group, this article serves as a timely reminder about the power of perception and consciously choosing your path rather than letting life just happen to you. Read it here.

How to rethink your idea of success in the new year – according to ancient Stoic philosophers (The Conversation, 2 January 2020): This article focuses on three key pieces of ancient wisdom: (1) Much of what happens is out of your control; (2) Focus on the activity, not the outcome; and (3) True value resides inside, not outside. You might have heard me talk about these concepts once or twice (or a thousand times!) and this article relates these concepts to day-to-day modern life. Why not make this year, and this decade, the one where you redefine success and, by extension, create a more contented life for yourself? It really is possible. Read it here.

Bushfire support from Federal Government with $76 million for mental health services for victims (ABC News, 12 January 2020): Many of you would have seen my posts on Instagram about the horrendous toll that bushfires are having on us here in Australia and we still have at least another two months of summer to go, however finally we have some good news – our government has recognised the negative impact of the ongoing crisis on mental health and has allocated additional funds; we seem to struggle to get any real funding for mental health in this country so it’s good to see. Read it here. And to all of you who have donated to fundraising campaigns (e.g. Red Cross Australia, NSW RFS, Celeste Barber’s campaign, etc.) – thank you. Your kindness is exactly what the world needs.

YouTube Video of the Week…

How to motivate yourself to change your behaviour (Dr. Tali Sharot, TEDxCambridge): OK, so I am aware that I regularly bang on about one of my most fundamental beliefs: we each have the ability to change our lives by changing our behaviour (and I’ll be banging on about it a lot more this year!). Which is all well and good, but how do you do it? And how do you find, and sustain, the motivation to change? This TEDxCambridge talk by neuroscientist Dr. Tali Sharot gets to the heart of the matter. Running time: just under 17 minutes. Watch it here:

Favourite Instagram Post of the Week…

Source: @calm

Quote of the Week…

To finish up here’s a quote I absolutely love this week:

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou

Next Week on Let’s Talk About Mental Health…

Next week’s podcast topic will be Let’s Talk About… Loneliness. I’ll be talking about the negative effects that loneliness can have on your mental health and wellbeing, and different things that you can do to improve it.

Podcast and transcript/article available Monday morning (Australian time) – find it and all past episodes here (where you can also subscribe to have it land in your inbox each week). Podcast available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and others (see my Podcast page for links) as well as an audio-only version on YouTube. And if you like it, please leave a review and tell your friends/family/etc!

Random cat photo/Meme of the week…

Why a random cat picture/meme each week? Because why not?! Happy Friday to one and all (and sorry if you’re a dog person)!

Until Next Time…

Thanks for reading! If you liked this newsletter and you haven’t already subscribed to Let’s Talk About Mental Health, please do so at the bottom of any page on the website.

If you have any ideas for what you’d like to see/hear/read more of on Let’s Talk About Mental Health or in this Mental Health Talk newsletter, you can get in touch with me via social media using the links below.

Have a brilliant week, take care of yourself and remember: be kind to others, you never know what their struggles are and what you put out comes back to you!

JG 🙂

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