It’s Eurovision month! I should be talking about mental health and wellbeing here but instead I find myself obsessing about Eurovision and… oh, look! I found a way to combine the two! Because this week’s episode of Let’s Talk About Mental Health TV is full of lessons we can learn about better mental health from the biggest (and greatest) song contest in the world. Yes I’m serious and yes there are actually some really big lessons you can put into place immediately. Watch the video here (you can also find it below) to find out more!
Anyway, in other news I started my second YouTube channel last weekend and my first video is all about the benefits of growing older (which may or may not have been my subconscious finding a way to process my feelings about turning 45 this July, but that’s a conversation for my therapist). Video link is below if you would like to check it out, and if you enjoy my work then please subscribe to the second channel (link in video) and support me there.
So those are the things I’m excited about and wanted to share with you, continue on for a quick snapshot of my favourite things this week – hopefully at least one will make you smile/smirk/feel inspired.
Have a fantastic week and a brilliant weekend!
My favourite things this week:
1. Social media — A matter of perspective… by @thegoodquote.co [via Instagram]
This post stopped me in my tracks when I saw it and I think it’s a good reminder that we tend to be our own biggest obstacle sometimes. Plus last week my therapist actually stopped the conversation and got me to take a moment to focus on the progress I had made rather than doing my usual thing of jumping to the next thing I need to do/work on. A timely reminder for us all to celebrate our progress often – I can say hand on heart that I know the ‘me’ from 2-3 years ago would be amazed/very happy to see where I’m at now.
2. Social media — Notes to self… by @nedratawwab [via Instagram]
I’ve shared Nedra’s work a few times before as reposts on my own Instagram account as I find her inspiring and very straightforward. This list of affirmations for anyone who has ever experienced emotional neglect is a good way to remind yourself of your boundaries as well as reminding yourself why you are worthy.
3. Video — Acrylic painting | Tree of hope… by @Chloe Art [via YouTube]
8 minutes and 17 seconds of someone painting a tree. This is soothing and wholesome content that can give you a burst of mindfulness with a satisfying pay-off at the end. Am I the only one who enjoys this sort of stuff? It has 2.2m views so I’m guessing not!
Tip of the week for better mental health:
If you use YouTube, log onto it using a desktop and where you see ‘Breaking News’, click the ‘X’ to switch that off (and if news channels come up in your recommended, click on them and select the ‘Not interested’ or ‘Don’t recommend channel’ option). Nobody needs to be bombarded with bad news when all you’re doing is going to YouTube to watch something uplifting and inspiring 🙂
Quote of the week:
“Step by step the ladder is ascended.”George Herbert
My content this week:
Thanks for reading and enjoy your week! JG 🙂