Mental Health Talk newsletter – Issue 12, 3 January 2020

By Jeremy Godwin.

Hello and welcome to the first issue of Mental Health Talk for 2020! I hope you had a happy and safe new year (and that you’ve recovered from New Year’s Eve if you indulged!), and that you’re ready for a brand new year (and decade). With that in mind, let’s get into this week’s newsletter with a round-up of practical advice for improving and maintaining your mental health and wellbeing…

In the newsletter this week…

In this week’s newsletter, I’m sharing several articles focused on getting your new year off to a cracking start with practical advice that you can apply in your day-to-day life. So, 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… Reflection. It’s all about how you can take time to look back objectively on your journey throughout 2019 (and the 2010’s!) and learn what you need to learn to grow. Read here or listen below:

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Articles of the Week…

This week’s articles are all focused on things you can do to improve your mental health and wellbeing as we get settled into this brand new year (and, of course, a brand new decade).

20 Ways to be a Happier Person in 2020, According to Therapists (HuffPost, 30 December 2019): Excellent advice from therapists on ways to improve your mental and emotional wellbeing. Read it here.

8 Ways to Be Kinder to Yourself in 2020 (The New York Times, 24 December 2019): I’ve talked about self-talk before (Episode 9) and the importance of replacing negative self-talk with positive. This article from The New York Times provides some quality, actionable advice – so why not make this the year that you treat yourself with more kindness than ever before? Read it here.

What a decade on the edge of change has taught me about ‘the future’ (ABC News, 29 December 2019): Maybe it’s because I completed my undergraduate degree on both psychology and sociology, but I have a long-held fascination for how society as a whole and we as individuals are intricately connected. This analysis piece by Antony Funnell for Future Tense, an ABC Radio National program that explores change in our world, provides some interesting food for thought about how the world is evolving – and, by extension, how we as individuals are evolving. Read it here.

23 Innovative Ways to Set Yourself Up for Success in the New Year (Thrive Global, 28 December 2018): Even those of us who don’t bother with new year’s resolutions can’t help but be reflective at the end of the year and the beginning of a new year – I just talked about reflection in the most recent episode of Let’s Talk About Mental Health (find it here) and next week I’ll be talking about new beginnings. This article from Thrive collates advice from multiple sources to help you if you’re thinking about making some changes in 2020. Read it here.

Are people less kind now than they were in the past? (ABC Life, 18 December 2019): When Burt Bacharach sang, “What the world needs now, is love, sweet love,” he could have just as easily substituted the word ‘love’ for ‘kindness’. Much has been said and written about the nastiness that has seemingly pervaded every corner of our lives, but instead of focusing on the negative I want to encourage all of you this year to focus on the positive and to spend more time practicing kindness, because what you put out will come back to you. With that in mind, this think-piece will give you some points to consider in relation to kindness and how you can contribute to a kinder world. Read it here.

YouTube Video of the Week…

5 Rules to Follow as You Find Your Spark (Simon Sinek, Start the Spark): Although it’s aimed at a teen audience, I think you’re never too old for a reminder of the need to find – and follow – your inspiration and this video provides five straightforward-yet-powerful pieces of advice (roughly 15 minutes 30 seconds less intro). Watch it here:

Favourite Instagram Post of the Week…

Source: @lucialitman (www.instagram.com/lucialitman)

Quote of the Week…

To finish up here’s a quote I absolutely love this week:

“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.”

St. Francis de Sales

Next Week on Let’s Talk About Mental Health…

Next week’s podcast topic will be Let’s Talk About… New Beginnings. I’ll be talking about the pros and cons of new beginnings from a mental health perspective, and how to make changes that stick.

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…

Why a random cat picture each week? Because why not?!

Until Next Time…

Thanks for reading! If you liked this newsletter and you haven’t already subscribed to Let’s Talk About Mental Health, please do so at the bottom of any page on the website.

If you have any ideas for what you’d like to see/hear/read more of on Let’s Talk About Mental Health or in this Mental Health Talk newsletter, you can get in touch with me via social media using the links below.

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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