Tag: Take care of yourself

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 …

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 …

Everyday anxieties – is it just me or do most people have them?

Everyday anxieties – is it just me or do most people have these? To clarify, I’m not talking the level of anxiousness which (thankfully) only happens every so often and forces me into cold sweats and an irrational panic. I’m talking about the peculiar little everyday occurrences which shouldn’t cause concern and prey on my …

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 …

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 …

Get excited and get started

I have come to realise 2 key facts about my life. The first is that I’m the type of person who has to have to-do lists. The second is that my state of mind is heavily influenced by whether or not I tick items off these lists on a daily basis. Does that sound bizarre? …

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 …