Thursday Thoughts: the Let’s Talk About Mental Health newsletter (19 May, 2022)

Hello Talkers!

I’m currently working on Episode 133 about self control (Episode 132 about discomfort will be out this Sunday) and it’s funny how things seem to happen in my life the week I’m working on a specific topic… or perhaps I’m just more aware and hyper-vigilant because it’s front of mind. 

Last weekend I went to a fundraiser trivia night and while it was so much fun (even though I was dosed up on cold and flu tablets thanks to a feral headcold), I also found myself reflecting on the times in the past when I had gone to events and completely written myself off with alcohol, then proceeded to make a total idiot of myself.

This was actually the first big event with several hundred people that I’ve been to since quitting drinking nearly 4 years ago (I swear I’m not a shut-in; the pandemic just made it a bit hard to have a social life lol!), and so I found myself watching with bemusement as the evening wore on and the drinkers became less and less inhibited. Look, I don’t begrudge anyone their fun, but I am also mindful of having a healthy balance and moderation in all things… mainly because ‘balance’ and ‘moderation’ used to be two words that didn’t ever factor into my vocabulary. 

It’s taken me a long time to develop a sense of self control that feels right for me, and I’m still not perfect at it (sometimes my emotional eating still takes over), but I think what I’m trying to say with all this is that when you consciously look at your life and what you want out of it, you begin to understand that it’s all about you and the choices you make. I wish it were easier than that, but it’s not. Having said that, I think the fact that the responsibility for our lives sits with each of us individually is a good thing because then we get to shape our lives in the way that feels right for us. You won’t get it perfect all the time but that’s OK, because perfect doesn’t exist and mistakes are how we learn. 

So without any further ado… greetings and salutations, and a very warm welcome to another newsletter. I hope you enjoy my quick snapshot of my favourite things this week — hopefully at least one of them will make you smile/feel inspired. Have a fantastic week!

Jeremy 😃

My favourite inspiring things this week:

My absolute favourite thing this week:

This made me actually laugh out loud, not just LOL. I mean, we’ve all been there right?!

My favourite posts from my channels this week:

My favourite quote this week:

“The moment passed is no longer; the future may never be; the present is all of which [we are] master.”

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

My content this week:

In case you couldn’t tell, I really loved Heartstopper!

Thanks for reading and have a fantastic week! JG 🙂

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