Tag: Health

The mental health benefits of exercise

Regular readers will know that I really don’t like how I look, primarily as I need to shed a considerable amount of excess body fat. I rarely weigh myself as I believe that people easily fall into the trap of becoming slaves to their scales (and therefore beat themselves up if they don’t lose some …

Who knew? Zoom and Microsoft Teams don’t cure a lack of self-confidence, low self-esteem and impostor syndrome…

I thought there would be a number of positives to take from the Covid-19 world we’re all currently living in: spending more valuable time with my wife and daughter; not having to spend 100 minutes per day commuting; spending a little longer in bed each morning; spending less money than normal (though sadly that’s at …

Weight-loss update

Back in September I wrote a post titled ‘Time to change for good, starting with body fat’ ( link here ). In that post, I wrote that I believed being overweight is the primary cause of my anxiety, low self-esteem and lack of confidence. I also wrote about the need, for many reasons, to do …

Everyday pressures (particularly as we approach Christmas)

Life has an uncanny knack of cranking up the pressure on us on a near-constant basis. We live in an age dominated by social media, where it is very easy for people to portray they’re living perfect lives whilst we all know the reality is highly likely to be considerably different. It is an age …

Coping mechanisms – anger management and how one simple word (‘why’) can help defuse most situations

Something I find almost as difficult to admit to as when I first spoke of anxiety, low self-esteem, and a lack of self-confidence is that I have a bit of a temper and get angry quite easily. By and large I manage to suppress this quite well but it does begin to emerge more within …

We shall never forget and why we should always try to be grateful

It is Remembrance Sunday here in the UK today; a day which always prompts me to consider how fortunate I truly am. Like most people, I have days where I feel down for various reasons; when it feels like nothing is going right, when work issues are preying on my mind, when I disappoint myself …

6 months in – how YYCDI has been really beneficial for me

It is now 6 months since I shared my first YYCDI post, back on the 5th May 2019 ( link here ) and, in the main, writing these posts has been really beneficial for me. There was some trepidation (dare I say it, a little anxiety…) before I published that first post though the response …

World Mental Health Day 2019 – be that helping hand…

A short but vitally important post today. It is the 2019 World Mental Health Day on Thursday (10th October) and the focus this year is suicide prevention. The statistics regarding this make for horrifying and desperately saddening reading: Someone takes their own life every 40 seconds. Suicide accounts for twice as many deaths as murder …

Time to change for good, starting with body fat

I had a dawning realisation this week. I’m not sure where it came from but it suddenly hit home that, despite having achieved some of my objectives this year, not least starting this blog, I’m still essentially in a very similar position to that which I’ve found myself in for a good few years now. …