Thursday Thoughts: the weekly Let’s Talk About Mental Health newsletter (29 July, 2021)

Hello Talkers!

It’s nearly August… how?! Where has the time gone… makes me feel old! Actually, that’s a joke but if you want to feel old try working out how to use Instagram Reels and IGTV and such – nothing makes you feel your age quite like trying to get the nuances right of new technology. But I’m getting there and hopefully they’re beginning to look a bit less like ‘daggy Dad’ videos… 🤣

So 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 😃


My favourite things this week:

1. Social media — The secret to inner peace… regram by @tinybuddhaofficial [via Instagram]

I love this: “at the end of the day I’m at peace because my intentions are good and my heart is pure” – learn it, love it, live it!

2. Person — Simone Biles (US Olympics Gymnastics team)

In case you missed it, Simone Biles made a decision to withdraw from competition at the Olympics – where she was representing the US in gymnastics – due to her mental health, and that makes her my personal hero. That would have been a tough decision to make and one that is playing out on the world stage, and unfortunately it has meant that Simone has been the subject of bullying and harassment by many, including far too many of her fellow Americans.

I posted something on my Instagram Stories in support of Simone’s decision and I received several negative messages, ranging form accusations that I was supporting just quitting when things get tough through to a lengthy diatribe on why she had betrayed America. First of all, her decision is her decision and can you imagine the bravery it took to make that choice, especially after years of preparing for the Olympics? And second of all, shut up. Simone’s choices are her own and she does not answer to anyone, nor does she have to just ‘suck it up’ in service to her country. If things became so difficult that she felt she had no choice other than to step down, she should be commended. I can only hope that Simone is coping well in spite of the negativity on social media and in the media in general. And FYI, I copped similar abuse when I openly supported Naomi Osaka’s decision to bow out from the 2021 French Open; it just goes to show that we still have a long way to go in terms of mental health stigma and, more importantly, general support and understanding. Please choose to be kind and stop judging other people’s choices.

3. Social media — Switch your mindset… by @thrive [via Instagram]

Surprise! I’m sharing Thrive yet again! I think this is now officially a Thrive stan page…! I love this piece about switching your focus from “I hope I can” to “I’m going to make it happen” – in the words of Yoda, “do or do not, there is no try”.

Tip of the week for better mental health:

Do something creative. Read, write, paint, learn interpretive dance… creative expression is a unique gift and a way of exploring who you are, which helps you to connect with yourself in a more authentic way. So, create!

Quote of the week:

Life is not the way it’s supposed to be. It’s the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.

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My content this week:

And over on www.jeremygodwin.com.au I published a blog post about my thought process behind the Setting Healthy Boundaries with Family video, with a few of my own perspectives on how this stuff makes a big difference. Click here to read and if you like it then sign up to have future blog posts from jeremygodwin.com.au land in your inbox… thanks!

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

4 thoughts on “Thursday Thoughts: the weekly Let’s Talk About Mental Health newsletter (29 July, 2021)

  1. Enjoyed listening to boundies with family. I had to do that last year cut someone off for.my mental health. It’s the best thing I’ve done, I still love them but as you said at a far. I couldn’t allow this person to ignore me and that made me feel bad about myself, although I haven’t done anything to warent that behaviour I want to teach my daughter to have self harming respect

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  2. Enjoyed listening to family boundaries. I had to do this last year, for my own mental health. This person ingorned me and I felt uncomfortable around them and I didn’t warrant this behaviour. I still love them but like you said at a far. I feel like I’m the black sheep of the family? But is there such a thing as black sheep ? I’m trying to teach my daughter self worth and to have health boundaries.

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    1. Glad to hear you found it helpful! I don’t believe in black sheep, especially if it’s because you refuse to conform to family norms just because that’s what you’re ‘supposed’ to do. You have to make the choices that are right for you – do so in a way that does no harm, is kind and serves to give more than you take, and to hell with what others think. Speaking of choices, I’m about to respond to your message there… 🙂

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