Mental Health Talk newsletter – Issue 10, 13 December 2019

By Jeremy Godwin.

Welcome to Mental Health Talk: the weekly newsletter that takes the Let’s Talk About Mental Health podcast further by sharing inspiring and practical stuff related to good mental health and wellbeing – because talking is a great start, but we need to do something about it as well. With that in mind, let’s get into this week’s newsletter with practical advice for improving and maintaining your mental health and wellbeing…

In the newsletter this week…

Hi there! Thanks to everyone who gave positive feedback on the changes to the newsletter, I hope you’re all finding this short and sharp version easier to digest as you head towards the end of the week. This week, I’m sharing articles on the psychological benefits of working less, dealing with climate anxiety, overcoming parental guilt, and more. Let’s talk!

This week’s Episode of Let’s Talk About Mental Health…

This week’s episode/post of Let’s Talk About Mental Health is Let’s Talk About… Fear. It’s all about what fear is, why it happens and how to work through your fears in order to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Read here or listen below:

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Articles of the Week…

Every week I like to share a few articles about mental health and wellbeing that are a bit thought-provoking and I try to find the right balance between optimism and practical advice… which is a real challenge, I have to admit! With that said, here are some articles I found this week that I wanted to share with all of you:

A-Z of climate anxiety: how to avoid a meltdown (The Guardian [Australia edition], 8 December 2019): The air where I live has been thick with smoke all week long as much of the state I live in burns; we’re used to bushfires in Australia but it’s only the start of summer and this has been going on since at least October, so to be frank there is a lot of anxiety around at the moment (and not a lot of action by our politicians). I stumbled across this article in The Guardian (Australia edition) and decided to share it since it’s a timely conversation about the good, the bad and the ugly of the many different aspects of climate change and how it links to mental health. Here’s my two cents worth: do what you can, no matter how small; if everybody took some action we would see massive change (rather than shrugging it off as being too big to do something about). Start small, build from there. Read it here.

The psychological benefits of working less (The Conversation, 6 December 2019): We do not have to be (and should not be) defined by our work, and work should not be our primary focus. I’ve talked in previous episodes of Let’s Talk About Mental Health about setting your priorities around the things that truly matter in your life, like family, and this article makes a compelling case for quality over quantity when it comes to your working hours. Read it here.

“Say Hi to People at Work” and 4 Other Easy New Year’s Resolutions That Actually Make a Difference to Your Career (Thrive Global, 11 December 2019): Speaking of work… this article has five simple things you can do at work that will have an enormous effect on your satisfaction as well as your mental health and wellbeing. Simplicity is always a great approach! Read it here.

Parental guilt can be overwhelming. But you can overcome it (ABC News, 11 December 2019): Although I’m not a parent I have many friends who are, and I’ve seen time and time again the effect that parental guilt can have. This article has straightforward advice for how to tackle it. Read it here.

What some cities are doing to combat homelessness (The Guardian [Australia edition], 10 December 2019): Great article about things that some cities are doing to reduce and/or end homelessness, well worth a read. Read it here.

YouTube Video of the Week…

How to gain control of your free time (Laura Vanderkam, TED Talk): This video from 2017 is just under 12 minutes long, and I love the message it shares about priorities (which I spoke about in Episode 3 of Let’s Talk About Mental Health, available here to read or listen to). Watch it here:

Favourite Instagram Post of the Week…

Give me a moment or two and I’ll happily explain why Instagram is the best social media platform out there (if you choose to approach it with a focus on positivity and you don’t buy into all the nonsense being flogged by influencers)… anyway, my absolute favourite post this week is a quote by Ken McLeod which was shared by Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff), and it’s a very important piece of advice no matter what time of year it is (but especially so at this hectic time!). Here it is:

Quote of the Week…

You probably know by now that I love a good quote to reflect on (just please NO WALL DECALS! Lol! #IKnowIHaveIssues), so to finish up here’s one I love this week:

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; It is because we do not dare that things are difficult.”

Seneca

Next Week on Let’s Talk About Mental Health…

Next week’s topic will be Let’s Talk About… The Holidays. Since we’re now in that time of year where things can be very challenging for some people and there are lots of potential triggers (like food, drink, family and all that stuff) I’ll be talking through how to look after your mental health and wellbeing and make the most of this time. Podcast and transcript/article available Monday morning (Australian time) – find it and all past episodes here (where you can also subscribe to have it land in your inbox each week). Podcast available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and others (see my Podcast page for links) as well as an audio-only version on YouTube. And if you like it, please leave a review and tell your friends/family/etc.!

Random cat photo of the week…

It has been ages since this epic Game of Thrones moment and I still find this meme ridiculously funny, so now I’m sharing it with all of you… enjoy!

Until Next Time…

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Have a brilliant week, take care of yourself and remember: be kind to others, you never know what their struggles are and what you put out comes back to you!

JG 🙂

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