Thursday Thoughts: the weekly Let’s Talk About Mental Health newsletter (19 August, 2021)

Hello Talkers!

Well this has been an interesting week. Not going to lie, I had a fair bit of anxiety about putting out the latest episode of the podcast (Episode 92: Let’s Talk About… Death) because I know what a confronting topic it is for many people. The episode went out late Sunday afternoon Australian time and I went to bed with a bit of apprehension… but thankfully woke in the morning on Monday to discover only one person had unfollowed me and the episode has had roughly the same number of listens as always. I may be focused on doing quality work and tackling the tough topics, but don’t think for a second that means I don’t worry sometimes and still check the numbers because I do (I am trying to stay focused on the quality more though, because the numbers are out of my control… but when you’re an independent creator, it’s one of the only indicators of whether or not you’re doing the right thing for your audience).

What mattered to me more than the numbers was that I had several of you reach out to me and offer positive feedback for tackling this difficult topic. I was also very fortunate to have messages from some others who said that even though they knew it was going to be a challenging episode for them to listen to, they would still listen as they trusted me. THAT is worth far more to me than any numbers, so thank you. I did end up doing a vlog about all that on my second YouTube channel on Tuesday, which you can watch below.

For anyone who did listen to the episode, I’d love to hear your thoughts – leave me a comment here (at the end of this newsletter) or message me on my @jeremygodwinofficial Instagram.

Oh, and we’re in Week 1 of lockdown – it has finally reached regional New South Wales (the state I live in here in Australia). I know how very fortunate we are that we haven’t had to go into lockdown before (unlike Melbourne or Sydney who are now experts at it) and it’s a bit of a readjustment period for all. I just went out yesterday to get my COVID vaccination (first Pfizer down… BTW I wasn’t putting it off, it has taken this long for me to get an appointment because the rollout has been soooooooo slow and regional locations were at the end of the queue pretty much) and even though it was for something mundane, I was very happy to have a reason to leave the house! Although I love being home, so no complaints from me. For all of you, please stay safe and follow public health guidelines because Delta is not playing!

So 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 😃


My favourite things this week:

1. Social media — Be true to yourself… from @ted [via Instagram]

I love this: “Pay less attention to what you think people want to hear from you and far more attention to what your authentic, awesome self needs to say” (quote by Frances Frei). The timing on this was wonderful as I was feeling a bit skittish about whether or not I had made the right call to follow my instincts and do an episode about the positive side of death and mortality this week on the podcast, and it served as an excellent reminder that we need to say what we need to say and if that means we need to shake shit up a bit then so be it!

2. Article — Email is making us miserable… from The New Yorker

Is anybody actually surprised to hear or read the words “email is making us miserable” strung together in a sentence? Because I’m not (although you could substitute ’email’ with ‘social media’ or ‘the news’ and I still wouldn’t be surprised). Long story short: many (most) of us are dealing with email overload.

I’ve tried many different strategies throughout the years and I still don’t have it right; I keep my work and personal email separate which has been really helpful, and I use Unroll.me for cleaning up all those emails that come (and come, and come) thanks to signing up for newsletters or online shopping or whatever… and yet it’s still a mess. I spent time on the weekend cleaning out my personal email and in the end I just wound up archiving 2000+ emails – no idea if I actually need 99.9% them, but at least they’re out of my sight (for now… future me is going to be so annoyed). For work emails I usually only check it two or three times a day and I am quite specific about ensuring all notifications are turned off so that I’m not bombarded with the constant ‘ding!’ of new emails (try it, you’ll feel better!). Anyway, don’t let email rule your life. I’ll be doing a video on that and other quick tips to help you feel calmer at work in a few weeks for Let’s Talk About Mental Health TV so keep an eye out.

Read the article here: https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/e-mail-is-making-us-miserable

3. Social media — Prioritise yourself!... from @mentalhealthamerica [via Instagram]

“Make small goals to try and take time for yourself” might sound really simple but it’s actually quite challenging, because we all have lots of competing priorities and can find prioritising self care to be really difficult sometimes. My only thing with this post is that I think the words “try and” should be deleted so that it reads “make small goals to take time for yourself” because I don’t like ‘try’ (it’s wishy-washy and gives you an easy out… as Yoda said, “Do or do not. There is no try.”)

And one random funny post of the week… (my intense dislike of the whole “live! laugh! love!” thing has been heavily documented by this stage, but this made me laugh when I saw it)

Tip of the week for better mental health:

Do something that terrifies you. Sometimes fear can hold us back from taking an action that we know is right, so understand where the fear is coming from and process it… then do the thing anyway.

Quote of the week:

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.

Hans Hofmann

My content this week:

Click here to read the transcript

And over on www.jeremygodwin.com.au I published a blog post about my thought process behind the Why Antidepressants Are Not The Answer video (and the irony behind that!). 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!

Oh… and I did yet another vlog on my other YouTube channel (Jeremy Godwin), so apparently that’s a thing I do now. It’s quite therapeutic actually because my podcast and YouTube show (LTAMH TV) both involve doing research and writing up the content to ensure I’m delivering practical advice, whereas in my vlog I get to just talk without thinking while I drink coffee (which is why I called it Coffee Talk with Jeremy Godwin… although this week I did it while drinking tea, because I’m a complicated enigma like that). Here it is, let me know what you think:

Thanks for reading and have an absolutely fantastic week! JG 🙂

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