Mental Health Talk newsletter – Issue 15, 24 January 2020

By Jeremy Godwin.

Hello and welcome to another issue of Mental Health Talk! Let’s get into this week’s newsletter with a round-up of practical advice for improving and maintaining your mental health and wellbeing – this week I’m sharing articles about fighting stress, saying no, middle-age success stories, and more. 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… Loneliness. It’s all about the negative effects that loneliness can have on your mental health and wellbeing, and different things that you can do to improve it. Read here or listen below:

Also available on all major platforms (Apple, Google, Spotify, CastBox, Stitcher etc.) – get links here.

Please take a moment to click on the ‘follow’ button (like the one in the player above), because the more followers my podcast gets the easier it is to help other new listeners find it (search engines are only interested in stuff that other people are interested in!). Thanks! 🙂

Articles of the Week…

5 Simple Ways to Combat Stress in Your Daily Life (Thrive Global, 7 January 2020): Five quick tips for combatting stress every day – because little actions can add up to big results. Read it here.

Feeling stretched? Might be time to learn the art of saying no (ABC News Australia, 3 January 2020): Why do some of us find it so hard to say ‘no’ to things, whether it’s at work, at home or in our social lives. This article offers some guidance to help build your comfort level with saying that little word that can be so difficult to say. Read it here.

Cities increase your risk of depression, anxiety and psychosis – but bring mental health benefits too (The Conversation, 18 December 2019): More than 4.2 billion people – over half of our planet’s entire population – now live in cities, a reality which can come with mental health risks. This article talks about the risks along with the opportunities associated with living in urban environments, things that are well worth thinking about so that you can make plans to care for your mental health and wellbeing regardless of where you live. Read it here.

My break-up was controlling my life until I took these steps (ABC Life, 16 January 2020): Although this article focuses on a relationship break-up, the advice is actually very handy for many different types of crisis that you might be going through. I think the most important message here is not to try to avoid your feelings or rush to get past them, because they are actually an important part of the healing process. Read it here.

These Middle-Age Success Stories Will Inspire You To Follow Your Dreams, Even If You Procrastinate (Source, Date): Tank Sinatra is a 39 year-old dad from Long Island, USA, who started making memes a few years ago and now has over 2 million followers. He’s used his platform to launch Tank’s Good News (Instagram: @tanksgoodnews) which does exactly what it says on the tin: sharing good news stories. It already has 1.3m followers on Instagram and I love the regular dose of positive news in a world seemingly full of negativity (at least it is if you only follow the mainstream media). This article is a round-up of later-in-life success stories as a response to one woman’s tweet last year calling for less of a focus on ’30-under-30′ and similar youth-obsessed lists, and it’s a great reminder that it is never, ever, too late to pursue your dreams or try something new. Read it here.

TED Talk of the Week…

Why you feel what you feel (Dr. Alan Watkins, TEDxOxford): This is an interesting talk by Dr. Watkins about the different developmental stages we go through from childhood to adulthood, including a piece around the crisis many of us face as we age, and how it all ties in to what we feel. Let me just say that his presentation style might not be for everyone, but on the whole the content is great; he talks about how understanding where you are emotionally is the key to then controlling it… sound familiar? I think I may have mentioned that concept once or twice in the podcast…! Running time: just over 20 minutes. Watch it here or in the player below.

(PS: You might have noticed I’ve changed this section from ‘YouTube video of the week’ to ‘TED Talk of the week’ – it appears I’ve become completely addicted to TED Talks over the past few weeks, so I decided to focus on them in this bit of the newsletter as they are excellent ways to learn about a complex topic in a short period of time)

Favourite Instagram Post of the Week…

Quote of the Week…

To finish up here’s a quote I absolutely love this week – take a few moments to consider what it means to you in the context of your mental health and wellbeing:

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.”

Buddha

Next Week on Let’s Talk About Mental Health…

Next week’s podcast topic will be Let’s Talk About… Accountability. I’ll be talking about the importance of taking accountability for your words and actions for the sake of your mental health and wellbeing, and how accountability and self-improvement go hand-in-hand.

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/Meme of the week…

Why a random cat picture/meme each week? Because why not?! Happy Friday to one and all (and sorry if you’re a dog person)!

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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