Mental Health Talk newsletter – Issue 22, 13 March 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 managing your mental health during the current heightened situation with coronavirus, ways to release anger, getting back to normal after a disaster, 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… Regrets. It’s all about why we have regrets, how they can impact on our mental health, and how to work through your regrets so you can get past them for the sake of your wellbeing. 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…

WHO gives advice on handling mental health toll from the coronavirus (CNBC, 10 March 2020): Well, you’d have to be living under a rock not to be aware of the general panic around at the moment regarding the coronavirus COVID-19… and this article looks at the mental health side of the hysteria. I will be talking about this topic in an upcoming episode of the podcast; in the meantime, I highly recommend that you read this article with tips from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and consider limiting your news consumption if you’re finding the situation to be increasing your anxiety (or at the very least, do not watch the 24-hour news channels!). Read it here.

11 Ways to Release Anger (Thrive Global, 10 March 2020): Some of us are blessed (cursed?) with quick tempers, and I know that for me I’m always on the lookout for different things I can try in the name of self-improvement; this article offers simple advice to deal with anger if and when it happens. Read it here.

How to get back to normal after the bushfires? ‘I feel life has changed into a Mad Max movie’ (The Guardian, 11 March 2020): I’ve shared quite a few items over the past few weeks related to the bushfires we had in Australia over the summer, which left me pondering: how do people process through all of that and get back to ‘normal’ (whatever that is). This timely article applies to anyone who has been through any kind of disaster and offers some good ideas to consider. Read it here.

Facebook, Instagram overuse linked to loneliness, contributing to global epidemic (ABC News, 10 March 2020): Not just another article blaming social media for all of society’s ills (but it does address the stark reality of its contribution to loneliness), but more importantly it provides a good reminder of the need to use social media smartly in order to maintain real-world connections rather than becoming a substitute for reality. Read it here.

Small Joy Triggers That Will Make You Feel Happy Every Single Day (Thrive Global, 11 March 2020): A collection of ideas from the Thrive community which remind us all that joy is to be found in the little things, rather than requiring something enormous and monumental. Simplicity is always the best! Read it here.

TED Talk of the Week…

Freedom from Self-Doubt (B.J. Davis, TEDxSacramentoSalon, 2014): An amazing story by a former drug addict and convicted felon who went on to become a doctor and more, which just goes to prove that your past does not have to define you. This is the most powerful TED Talk I have ever seen. Running time: just under 14 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:

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.

Marie Curie

Next Week on Let’s Talk About Mental Health…

Next week’s podcast topic will be Let’s Talk About… Resilience. I’ll be talking about what resilience is, how it affects your mental health, and how to build your resilience in order to help you deal with setbacks and challenges.

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…

Coaching services available…

Before I sign off today: I’ve talked a fair bit lately in the podcast 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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