Hello September! For the past two days I’ve been wandering around the house saying, “September? Spring… Ivory” which might sound completely bat-shit crazy to anyone who has not seen the wonderful film Muriel’s Wedding, an all-time Australian classic that my partner and I are planning to rewatch on Friday night for our weekly movie night (awwww, isn’t that lovely?!).
It’s good timing actually because that movie is just as much about ABBA (and Muriel’s undying devotion to them) as it is Muriel’s (or Mariel’s) wedding, and I bring that up because on Friday morning Australian time we’re expecting the release of ABBA’s first music together in 39 years. 39 YEARS!!! To say I am excited is an understatement (plus tonight the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 6 is being crowned so hooray!).
In other things to get excited about (well, I think so at least), just 38 days to go until Let’s Talk About Mental Health celebrates #LTAMH100 (my 100th episode) on 10/10… AND that means just 32 days to go until the podcast turns two years old. So to celebrate I’m doing a giveaway! Four winners from anywhere in the world will each win a classic book about mindset plus a handwritten thank you card from me, all sent to you in the mail. Winners will receive one of the following books (yes, brand new):
- The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
- The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Dr Viktor Frankl
To me these are four of the most powerful books I have ever read, and so I wanted to share something that felt meaningful to me as part of this celebration. All you need to do is:
- Like this post
- Follow me on Instagram at @ltamentalhealth and @jeremygodwinofficial
- Subscribe to the Let’s Talk About Mental Health YouTube channel
- Go to your Instagram account and post a story showing screenshots that you follow both of my IG accounts listed above and the LTAMH channel on YouTube, and tag @ltamentalhealth before end of day on September 24, 2021
That’s it! I’ve seen quite a few entries already since announcing it yesterday on my Instagram, so join the celebrations and good luck! You can click here to read the full details (and rules) of the giveaway. (Please note: no DMs or emails asking me to win as it will result in immediate disqualification… sorry but I’ve learned that lesson the hard way!)
So with all that covered… 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: Owing to the fact I have no idea what the date is, you have this newsletter about 7.5 hours earlier than usual. I told you last week I’ve lost track of the days and it turns out I still have no idea when it is or what’s going on! #LockdownBrain
My favourite things this week:
1. Social media — Reframing how we view ‘toxic’ people… from @howmental [via Instagram]
Reconsider how you view toxic people by reflecting on this piece someone’s therapist said to them: “It’s not that you’re attracting toxic people, toxic people aren’t picky, they go to everyone […] you letting them stay is the issue that needs to be worked on.” I believe the appropriate response is oof, as the kids might say. Remember that you’re in control of who does and does not stay in your life.
2. Social media — 6 Ways to Cope with Loneliness... from @psych_today [via Instagram]
I talked about loneliness back in Episode 15 of the podcast and it’s as much of an issue today as it was back then, if not more so thanks to the ongoing effects of the pandemic (side note: have you noticed how creators on social media/YouTube seem to be avoiding that word plus ‘COVID’ for fear of alienating people or avoiding upsetting those who see it as a political problem and not a global health crisis? Pfft!). Acknowledge your feelings and find ways to bring joy into your life (which I talked about last week in Episode 93 of the podcast) and create a sense of community with others, even virtually.
I share this one because the idea of community is something I’ve really been thinking about for Let’s Talk About Mental Health in the future, and I’d love to hear any ideas you may have for how that might work… leave a comment at the end of this newsletter or get in touch to make a private suggestion, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
3. Social media — Being in a relationships doesn’t mean... from @themindgeek [via Instagram]
The Mind Geek is officially one of my absolute favourite accounts on Instagram and an inspiring example of how to do this type of work in a way that is authentic and personalised. Love these eight reminders of things to understand about being in a relationship, with the main point being that it doesn’t mean you have to lose yourself (oh, and it doesn’t mean that all your needs will be met – because only you can do that!)
And one bonus random thing I’d like to share… Spice, the debut album of the Spice Girls, turns 25 this week. I feel officially old. Regardless, wishing a very happy and spicy Spice week to Emma, Geri, Mel B, Mel C and Victoria (who are, as I speak/type, watching over me in doll form – yep, I have my Spice Girls dolls on display above my workstation in my office because what else is one supposed to do with them?!).
Tip of the week for better mental health:
Get some sunshine daily (in a safe way). Studies have shown that Vitamin D has a positive effect on mood, and one way to get your daily dose is through safe sun exposure. Now, some of you in the northern hemisphere are probably wondering why I’m being so focused on sun safety and here’s way: in countries like Australia, sunshine levels (and UV) are significantly stronger (especially in summer) and we have high incidents of skin cancer as a result… so better to be safe than sorry. Plus too much sun exposure ages you and nobody wants to look like an ancient tan boot when they’re only in their 40’s. That took a turn, didn’t it? Moral of the story: Vitamin D good, get safe dosages from the sun and/or supplements (preferably natural).
Quote of the week:
“Nothing takes the past away like the future.“Madonna
My content this week:
Thanks for reading and have an absolutely fantastic week! JG 🙂