Mental Health Talk newsletter – Issue 20, 28 February 2020

By Jeremy Godwin.

Hello and welcome to another issue of Mental Health Talk! It’s almost the end of February – can you believe it?! A special shout-out to anyone born on February 29 (I know a few) who will be having their actual birthdays tomorrow for the first time in four years… enjoy!

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 making new friends in adulthood, developing a positive mindset, vitamin deficiency and mental health, and much 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… Purpose. It’s all about what purpose is, why it’s a huge part of mental health and wellbeing, and how to find ways to bring a greater sense of purpose and meaning into your day-to-day life while still paying the bills. Read here or listen below:

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

If you enjoy the podcast, please share it with anyone you know who may find it useful and engaging. Also, if you could take a moment to click on the ‘follow’ button (like the one in the player above) that would be much appreciated, because the more followers my podcast gets the easier it is to help other new listeners find it (search engines only seem to be interested in stuff that other people are interested in!). Thanks 🙂

Articles of the Week…

Many of us struggle with loneliness, but how do you make new friends as an adult? (ABC News, 23 February 2020): One of the biggest challenges I faced when we moved nearly 500 kms/310 miles from the city to the country was suddenly having to make new friends – a challenge at any age, but one that becomes more challenging the older you get. This article touches on some important points to consider when taking those first steps towards establishing new friendships. Read it here.

5 Tips For Achieving And Maintaining a Positive Mindset (Thrive Global, 5 February 2020): I talk a lot about positivity and the effects it can have on your overall mental health and wellbeing, and this article explores some simple ways that you can develop a more positive way of thinking. Read it here.

Vitamin Deficiencies Can Mess With Your Mental Health (HuffPost, 17 February 2020): This article looks at the linkages between mental health and specific vitamin types (D, B12, B6, Magnesium, Iron and Omega-3 Fatty Acids). Good food for thought about being mindful of what you put into your body. Please note that where possible you should always be aiming to have a balanced and healthy diet rather than taking supplements. Read it here.

5 Ways to Avoid the Stress Trap (Source, Date): I like an article with simple and easily-actionable advice, and this one fits the bill with five simple ways you can push yourself out of your comfort zone with ease. Read it here.

Most of us have an inner voice, but if you’re part of the minority who doesn’t, this could be why (ABC News, 7 February 2020): This piece by a psychology researcher at ANU (Australian National University) BLEW MY MIND: you mean there are actually people with no inner voice?! This is what I love about the field I work in; just when you think you’ve read everything, you discover something that reminds you there are millions of different ways that we each interpret this amazing thing we call life. As someone with a potentially overactive internal monologue, it’s fascinating to learn about how different the experience can be for some people. Read it here.

TED Talk of the Week…

Everything is connected: here’s how (Tom Chi, TEDxTaipei, January 2016): I think my favourite quote amongst all the TED Talks I’ve ever watched comes about 40 seconds in: “It turns out that the world of people is way harder to understand than the entire universe” – lol #truth! A fascinating talk about the interconnectedness of everything and everyone. Running time: just under 18 minutes. Watch it here or in the player below.

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:

In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.

Charles Darwin

Next Week on Let’s Talk About Mental Health…

Next week’s podcast topic will be Let’s Talk About… Opinions. I’ll be talking about how opinions – both our own and other people’s – can impact on our mental health, and how you can make choices that have a positive impact on your wellbeing and others’ wellbeing.

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 the program, please leave a five-star 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?! Have a great Friday and enjoy your weekend (and sorry if you’re a dog person!).

Bonus Meme of the week…

I had to share this – it made me laugh!

Coaching services now available…

Before I sign off today: I’ve talked a fair bit lately about the importance of talking to someone, and if you are looking to work with someone I offer coaching services via video conference anywhere in the world – have a look at www.letstalkaboutmentalhealth.com.au/coaching for more information and rates.

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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