Tag: It’s good to talk

World Mental Health Day 2020 – coping with lockdown and loss

It is World Mental Health Day today (10th Oct 2020) and this year’s theme is ‘mental health for all’. Dr Ingrid Daniels, president of the World Federation for Mental Health, has said “The world is experiencing the unprecedented impact of the current global health emergency due to COVID-19. That has also impacted on the mental …

Do you listen to talk or listen to listen?

Something I’ve noticed more and more over recent years is that most people listen to talk rather than listen to listen. Confused? Let me try to explain. In any conversation, it’s vitally important to give the other person our undivided attention. To be genuinely interested in what they are saying and take in every word. …

What, exactly, is mental health and why is it still largely a taboo subject?

I’ve been thinking about this a lot this week, with it having been Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK. It is vitally important to continue raising awareness of mental health issues and there has been a significant amount of much-needed coverage this week, via television, radio, and social media. However, I get a sense …

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 …

Find the positives – it’s vitally important…

A short post this week and something of a recap. I wrote about the importance of trying to maintain a positive outlook on life back in June ( link here ), a fairly lengthy post in which I referenced my something which made me smile today daily list, motivational images I keep, a desire to …

Coping mechanisms – stepping out of my comfort zone

I’ve previously written about a number of coping mechanisms I use to deal with anxiety and a lack of confidence / low self-esteem, including music (link here), motivational quotes (link here), and listening to podcasts (link here). Today I’ll continue with that theme and write about what I believe to be the most difficult but …

Don’t bottle it up – why the art of deception is bad for you

A relatively succinct post as I reflect on how writing this blog has been beneficial to me. I first uploaded a YYCDI post on Sunday 5th May and I’ve maintained my commitment to weekly posts since, albeit with a couple of very brief Facebook posts sharing images whilst I was on holiday in August. In …

Coping mechanisms – podcasts

I have previously written about using music ( article link here ) and motivational quotes ( article link here ) as coping mechanisms. Today, I’ll be writing about another coping mechanism I use – podcasts. Firstly, for those who aren’t aware of just what podcasts are, the Simple English Wikipedia page definition is: Podcasting is …

You are not alone

I started this blog for 3 reasons: After 25+ years of bottling up these issues and hiding them away, I thought it may be cathartic to speak openly about them. In speaking openly, I hope that it may help / be of some comfort to others trying to deal with similar issues. I believe it’s …

A problem shared…

A relatively succinct and quick-read today, following last week’s epic essay on music! There is a quote which never fails to make me smile: ‘A problem shared is a problem halved, so is your problem really yours or just half of someone else’s?’ Clearly a witty extension of the old favourite ‘A problem shared is …