Thursday Thoughts: a weekly Let’s Talk About Mental Health newsletter (10 June, 2021)

Hello LTAMHers! (Not sure if that works, but I’ll give it a go… maybe ‘Talkers’?)

I’ve been making a few changes this week to the way I consume news (again) and it’s made a huge difference. My old routine was to skim the news (on an objective/fair/balanced site) in the morning over my wake-up coffee, just diving into articles I found interesting, and then I would revisit the news (again, online) briefly in the afternoon, in order to stay up-to-date while limiting my exposure to the sheer volume of negativity. Sounds good in theory but… that meant still seeing stuff first thing in the morning that would set a negative tone for the day. I’m now only looking at the news once a day, at lunchtime, and it has made a world of difference, in that I find myself being more alert and so therefore more mindful about what I choose to consume. It’s only been a few days but I’m going to keep going and see if this approach feels right for me. What about you? What works for you? Drop me a comment and let me know!

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!

Jeremy 😃

By the way… I’m doing a video featuring your questions about mental health – all that stuff you’ve always wanted to know or just want clarity on. Got a question you want covered? Leave me a comment here (end of page) or DM me on Instagram. The video will be released in a few weeks.

My favourite things this week:

1. Idea — Releasing the past

We all have a past (funny that) and some of it will be good, while some it will very likely be not-so-good (or worse). Here’s the thing: your past does not define who you are today, it is simply what has happened. You can choose to hold onto things, which will continue to cause you pain long after the event has passed, or you can face it, learn from it and let it go – which, by the way, is how you grow.

It’s a new moon today which is an ideal time for letting go of the old and embracing the new, so take a few moments to consider what you need to release from your past and choose to focus on what positive steps you will take over the next month to move forward.

2. Social media — Growth will also feel like loss… by @werenotreallystrangers [via Instagram]

Do I need to say anything more here? Probably not (but I will). Growth frequently involves loss, and loss is often painful… but from loss emerges opportunity.

3. 2. Social media — We’re all messy… by @tinybuddhaofficial [via Instagram]

I’ve been banging on about social media for a while and in particular I’ve been pointing out that we need to remember that social media isn’t real life; what many people choose to post are just curated moments showing the best of their lives. We are all messy, we’re all struggling in some way, and nobody has it all figured out. Remember that next time you’re scrolling and remind yourself that you are perfectly imperfect.

Tip of the week for better mental health:

Feeling overwhelmed by emotions? Grab a notebook and pen, then write and write and write until you run out of steam. Don’t think about it; just write. And don’t read it when you’re done – just put it away for at least a week. Why? Because getting your emotions out – without judgement or self-censorship – can help you to feel lighter (and the ‘don’t read it’ bit is because thoughts are not facts, so I recommend not looking at it until the emotions have faded, which will take time).

Quote of the week:

“There are no hopeless situations; there are only [those people] who have grown hopeless about them.”

Clare Booth Luce

My content this week:

Thanks for reading and enjoy your week/weekend! JG 🙂

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