Back in June I posted this on Instagram:
I really like what Hayley Williams said here.
Despite the substantial progress we’ve made in recent years, I think many of us still struggle with talking about mental illness – which is why we talk about ‘mental health’ instead?
And, like Williams, I think we do tend to polarise the issue – categorising ourselves and others as either completely healthy or sick – but surely there’s a whole lot of space in between these?
I saw Dr Phil Hammond (doctor and comedian) on TV recently. I love this concept of his – simple and memorable.
As he says:
“The daily habits of healthy, happy people are easy to say but harder to do. Try to do your daily CLANGERS, and help others to do theirs. Changes in lifestyle are far more powerful than any drug we have to offer.” Continue reading “CLANGERS for all…!!!”
So says Martin Lewis in his latest post on the subject of unnecessary Christmas presents (it’s only 3 minutes and worth a view):
“Zero sum giving”, “tit-for-tat giving” where, as he says, we end up with less money or in debt – and with ‘tat’ we don’t want or need….
This is just the right time to start having those conversations, before you go off to the shops or online to buy them.
If you need any more convincing, see also my previous blogs such as:
This is the first line in Hussain Manawer’s poem ‘Playground’ – for me it’s a ‘pick-me-up’.
I hope you like it, too, it’s just 3½ minutes:
I just want to share another great example of frugality and recycling that I read about in the Express recently – and all done without losing any of the joy and celebration in life:
A couple, Cherie Harris and James Mainwaring, approached their wedding arrangements in a rather different and heartening way.
Instead of paying the usual cost of a wedding breakfast for their 140 guests, they spent a mere £6 a head by sourcing a delicious meal from food that would otherwise have gone to landfill via The Real Junk Food Project.
Other eco-friendly touches included home-made invitations and decorations, a wedding dress lined with bamboo pulp and gifts of seeds as wedding favours which their guests could then plant afterwards…
Doesn’t this just show what can be achieved with a touch of imagination, ingenuity and co-operation.
I’ve written previously about the negative effects of technology on our lives – but there is good in there, too.
This was highlighted by the ‘Tech4Good’ awards for which Anna Bawden was a judge and about which she wrote recently in theguardian.com.
Amongst these are apps helping people to:
- communicate and navigate – taking account of particular impairments such as deafness, blindness and partial sight
- call emergency services if in distress or danger and unable to speak – particularly useful in instances of breathing difficulties, allergies or domestic abuse
- manage neurological and physical physiotherapy
- identify and express feelings
- support mental health recovery
On the topic of missing people who have died, at just over 3 minutes, I think Hussain Manawer performing ‘The White Rose’, his poem about the loss of his mother is worth a watch: