It’s Mental Health Awareness Week… You’re going to be hearing lots of chat about #awareness. But we know awareness is nothing without action.
The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week this year is loneliness. It’s normal to feel lonely sometimes, but we also know it can make it difficult to get on with your everyday life. We’ve put together some stuff to help you through.
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How To: Make Mates Mates. We take the piss out of them, drink pints with them and share deep chats with them, but we can also drift apart from them, or find it hard to make them. Here’s some ways to make new friends and stay connected with old ones.
Kyle Walker teams up with CALM Winner of three Premier Leagues. Regular for England. Now the designer of a home and away kit for CALM.
We’ve teamed up with Kyle Walker and Puma to release these limited edition kits that represent the highs and lows of his amazing career – and the support which has helped him through it all.
Not only can you get your hands on the wicked new kit, FIFA 22 players can also unlock the kits now in FIFA Unlimited Team.
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Just £8 will answer a potentially life-saving call, so if you want to help support our life-saving services why not do something you love to raise some cash for our services? From burping the national anthem to fund-raving, have a bit of fun and do whatever tickles your pickle.
We’re on your side If you’re struggling, remember CALM are here every single day. Whatever it is that’s weighing on your mind, you can talk to us. No matter who you are or what you’re going through, our helpline is here for you.
Supporters of the month Declan rowed a hardcore half a million metres in April to raise life-saving cash for CALM.
Richard is hosting a kick-about in memory of his mate Micheal.
Zoe and Huw will be taking on the Swansea Epic Trail this May in memory of mate Mike.
Omar will be hosting a gig in memory of mate Scott. What a legend.
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|10 quick workplace wellbeing wins|
|Let’s be honest, it’s easy for workplace wellbeing to fall off the agenda every now and then. There’s always something getting in the way, whether it’s battling your inbox, dealing with difficult customers, or trying to meet a deadline. But when we prioritise wellness, those other tasks don’t feel quite as stressful. Not sure where to start? Here are 10 quick wins you can implement right now…|
|Five symptoms of anxiety no one talks about|
|Anxiety can show itself in many different and subtle ways, often sneaking up on us before we’ve really realised what’s happening. So, understanding the symptoms of anxiety to watch out for can help you to address the root cause sooner. Here, we are sharing five warning signs that people often aren’t aware of.|
|Happiful’s podcast returns with Will Young|
|Our podcast ‘I am. I have’ is back, and have we got some great conversations for you! We kicked off series eight with Will Young, who shared his own experiences and the motivation for writing his new book Be Yourself and Happier: The A-Z of Wellbeing. The podcast also features the gentle snoring of his beautiful rescue dog Domino… You’ll find ‘I am. I have’ on all podcast platforms as well as Happiful’s YouTube channel.|
|How to beat acid reflux|
|Ever found yourself struck with a burning sensation in the throat or chest? Or have issues with burping and indigestion that make you feel as if you’ve got a lump in your throat? These are all common acid reflux symptoms, which, while not usually serious, can be extremely uncomfortable and impact your mental health. Here, we’re sharing tips for beating acid reflux with dietary changes.|
|Keep it rolling|
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Once you’ve finished your magazine, join our friendly, supportive Facebook group, where you can connect with other readers and wellbeing professionals to chat about all things mental health.
It is billed as an ethical alternative to Facebook and Instagram, which have been jointly dogged by accusations of ramping up misinformation and damaging mental health. Former Saatchi advertising maestro Dominic O’Meara wants to test his belief that a growing slice of the population is craving a life- affirming, glass-half-full outlook instead.
And with a pledge to donate over half of its earnings to charitable causes, he explained that if Supernova can coax a mere one per cent of the social media advertising market away from the big players, he’ll be handing £600m to charities every year.
“That one per cent is completely possible,” O’Meara said. “People are cheering us on: they think it’s about time someone brought an alternative to this market, and one that is ethically driven.”
They have a very easy to understand & helpful guide to anxiety here
It is tough times at the moment and anxiety & worry will be high given the current events in Ukraine, along with the pandemic, rising living costs…crikey making myself even more anxious now! Seriously though there is help out there, you must never feel you are alone as someone, somewhere will listen. I am lucky to have a supporting family, but even with that it so easy to overthink things and become anxious, which can lead to physical symptoms too.
Do try to limit your news intake each day and set aside some time for your worries at a set time of the day. Worry time as the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) bods calls it. This blog has a good guide on it.
I may mention music a bit 🙂 but it does help me at work to concentrate and block out outside chatter about world events, which can make you feel worse and lets face it, unless you are a specialist in any area your work colleagues & friends are merely expressing opinions or social media ‘truths’.
Stay safe out there and don’t feel bad in asking for help or telling someone how you feel.
| What is your blood telling you?|
Have you ever wondered what your blood might be telling you about your health and wellbeing? Using a darkfield microscope can give us a glimpse of what is going on inside your body. In this blog we will look at some of the most common anomalies I see in my client’s blood and how this understanding can impact health.
In an attempt to reboot my gut health I recently visited a nutritionist, as health wise I have never been the same since having glandular fever back in 2016. Even the nutritionist was surprised at how old I was when I contracted glandular fever!
So for a month no gluten or yeast products and then a pulse test to see if my body/pulse reacts to specific grains being added. I am aiming to write about it as a) keeps a record I won’t hopefully lose and b) open to advice – but not spamming 🙂
One thing that soon becomes apparent are the amount of food stuffs currently in my diet that currently contain gluten. We wave a fond farewell to cakes 😦 pizza 😦 bread – not so bothered by that one, although homemade bread… But the key thing is to approach this positively and look at the benefits which include rather nice gluten free cakes (homemade), salad at lunchtime (much nicer than I expected!) and the odd bit of chocolate.
Whilst we are the subject of chocolate, the Cadbury’s website helpfully tells you which of their products are made in a gluten free environment. So, its a yes to Wispa, Fudge & Creme eggs but sadly no more Boost – boo!
Seriously though, like many I would imagine, think they have been eating vaguely healthily with mostly meals made from scratch and takeaways as an occasional treat, not a weekly fixture.
Along with a few vitamins the joy that is flaxseeds have been added to my daily diet. Two tablespoons (that’s like a digger’s bucket full!) soaked in water for at least an hour. Yummy! No wonder they help you lose weight as a glass of these is enough to put most of their food 😉
Who knows, maybe a rebooted gut will help my overall anxiety…
Mmm…tasty flaxseed drink ahoy!
Worth a read and some great tips/ideas…
| Courage and Confidence!|
The start of a new year is always a good time to move forward with courage and confidence, and never is this more relevant than for 2022! I am excited at the process and the prospect of significant breakthroughs on the journey toward optimal health and wellbeing and I hope you are too.
Read my latest blog post to see how I am applying all the research from my Wellbeing Coaching to my personal life and my professional practice.
We’re pleased to let you know that the theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 is ……… “Loneliness”.
The week will run from Monday 9th May until Sunday 15th May 2022 and will raise awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental wellbeing, as well as the practical steps that can be taken to address it.
Loneliness affects millions of people in the UK every year and has had a huge impact on our mental health during the pandemic.
That is why we have chosen it as our theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2022. Our connection to other people and our community is fundamental to protecting our mental health and we need to find better ways of tackling the epidemic of loneliness. We can all play a part in this.
Mental Health Awareness Week was started by the Foundation more than two decades ago and has now grown to become one of the UK’s most recognised campaigns. It has helped transform awareness of mental health and grow understanding of how we can improve mental health, both as individuals and as a society.
Music on my headphones helps me cope at work big time. Why? Well, in the office you can often only hear doom ‘n’ gloom which sends my mind off in a spin and scenarios overload. I am not a pessimistic person, just that my mind loves to work on worst case scenarios!
Office environments can be both good and bad from an anxiety point of view. Good in that you have fellow colleagues around to chat too and actually see in person, as opposed to on teams/zoom. Bad is the scaremongering, and often baseless ‘facts’, they chat about. That’s fine but it does affect others who may not be saying anything and instead worrying away on the inside.
Sometimes engage the brain before speaking… Boris take note 😉
Tune of the Day – Astral Drive is songwriter and producer Phil Thornalley’s vision of a long lost album from the 1970s that only existed in his own mind. It is a wonderfully uplifting listen…