Tag: Mental health

Why I need music in my life and my go-to playlists and songs

This post was inspired by a request from a good friend of mine who asked if I’d write about the music I’d been listening to this year, during various COVID-related lockdowns and restricted periods. That request came some time ago and I’ve been mulling over just how to address this. I came to the conclusion …

I’m an obliger and that needs to change

I recently realised that I’m an obliger. I also recently realised that this needs to change. As I tend to do when I have a dawning realisation, I researched the term to determine if my understanding is correct. There are numerous definitions with the most common suggesting that an obliger is someone who performs a …

When do you truly switch off?

I’ve had a really busy week, both in work and personally. I’m used to spinning numerous plates and I’m quite comfortable with that, though, to coin one of a good friend’s favourite phrases, my head has been full of broken biscuits at times. That situation has improved now though it did make me think of …

Coping mechanisms: normalising situations

I’ve written on numerous occasions about imposter syndrome and how it affects me. There are many occasions in life when I’m in situations where I believe I’m inferior to others. That affects me in many ways, not least by making me retreat a little, stay relatively quiet, and not contribute to discussions as much as …

Do you remember ‘Be kind’?

It’s only 3 months ago, coinciding with the tragic death of Caroline Flack, that the phrase ‘Be kind’ was trending worldwide and was seemingly being adopted by many. Sadly, it seems quite a few of us have forgotten that sentiment of late. Whether it’s political views, personal views regarding whether or not our children should …

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 …

Yes, You Can Do It is one-year-old today!

Today is quite an important day for Yes, You Can Do It – it’s the 1-year anniversary of my first post! It may have taken me some time from hatching the idea to actually setting the wheels in motion by publishing that first post but, despite my initial fears and concerns, I’m really pleased I …

Coronavirus and increased anxiety due to my general health

In previous blog posts, I’ve written a few times about the British media and my view that most media channels hone in on bad news rather than good as keeping a nation anxious and fearful (to varying degrees) ensures continued sales of newspapers and significant viewing figures. I feel a delicate balance is needed in …

Coping mechanism – my go-to videos

Regular readers will know that I am a fan of motivational images / videos etc and I have a huge amount stored on my phone. There is certain content which I frequently revisit, because I either need a pick-me-up, some motivation, a reason to laugh, or a reminder of the simple yet vitally important things …

We are seeing the inherent good in people and long may it continue

I thought my issues with low self-esteem would be ok during the current lockdown. Surely not having to go out as much, and therefore not being anxious about what other people think of me to anywhere near the same extent as normal, would improve things? Sadly, that hasn’t necessarily been the case as I haven’t …