It’s June! Which here in my little corner of Australia means wintery weather… and I’m OK with that, since I love hot soup and warm blankets. Plus I’m a winter baby (July 6) so maybe that’s why! I’ve been chatting to a few people in the northern hemisphere this week and it’s lovely to see all the wonderful weather happening on the other side of the world, I hope you all have a lovely summer! And for those of us in the southern hemisphere… well, let’s have a wonderful winter!
Anyway here’s 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!
PS: My latest episode of Let’s Talk About Mental Health TV (which you can find below) is my most raw and personal video yet. I talk a bit more about my journey with mental illness and how it led me to do the work I do today, and I look at how it helped me to become a better version of myself.
My favourite things this week:
1. Person — Naomi Osaka
As someone who has myself made decisions to prioritise my mental health over other things, I applaud Naomi Osaka’s decision to walk away from the French Open. I’m not going to give any energy to the negative (and disgusting) comments from some sources (including far too many media outlets intent on bullying public figures #StopReadingTabloids). The ABC (Australia) ran a fair and balanced article about it and used it as an opportunity to have a conversation about how to say ‘no’ at work for the sake of your mental health (you can read the article here). Here’s how you can do you part to contribute to positive change in this space: let’s each choose to stop supporting shows and publications that insist on tearing people down (especially women), instead of building our society up. It’s a small action that will have enormous positive benefits for everyone.
2. Social media — Subtle signs of anxiety… by @themindgeek [via Instagram]
The Mind Geek (Irish author and therapist Sarah Crosby) is one of my absolute favourite accounts on Instagram and she often posts a lot of simple content related to raising awareness and providing general advice. This one was a great reminder of some of the things I know I do when my anxiety is flaring up and doing its thing…
3. Person — Nick Robinson
At just 22 years of age, Nick has been building a strong following on TikTok and Instagram as he talks openly about mental health. Which is inspiring in and of itself (more people should be doing it!) but Nick lives in a rural community and basically looks like the poster boy for ‘the Aussie bloke’ – and let me tell you that men in this country, especially outside of the cities, still have a lot of trouble talking about their feelings. Read this article about Nick in The Farm (yep, it’s an agricultural newspaper).
Tip of the week for better mental health:
The next time you feel angry about something, stop and breathe slowly for ten seconds. Focus fully on your breath and then think about whatever it is. I guarantee you that more than half of the things you feel angry about will fade somewhat in importance after this simple exercise.
Quote of the week:
“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow you gotta put up with the rain.”Dolly Parton
My content this week:
Thanks for reading and enjoy your week/weekend! JG 🙂