Mental health awareness week: Talking, struggles and looking out for people

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It’s mental health awareness week in the UK and I recently watched comedian Jason Manford’s video in which he candidly talks about his “mental health scare”.

Two things particularly struck me. He talks about the invaluable support he has had from family and friends.

Talking about how you are feeling is important and it really does help.

Not failing

He also said: “Just because you are struggling, doesn’t mean you are failing.”

It is a very important point to remember.

We don’t feel like a failure when we are laid up in bed with the flu probably just a bit sorry for ourselves. Not feeling well, not feeling yourself isn’t a failure.

My own message is to look out for each other. Just because someone is happy on the outside doesn’t mean they are on the inside.

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Good for the environment, good for footfall?

New public water fountain.jpgThis is the first public water bottle refill station I’ve seen in the West End.

It’s a scheme supported by the Mayor for London and I happened upon it by chance as it’s tucked away in a pedestrianised side street of a newish mixed-use development.

Not only does it help reduce plastic and provide a useful ‘service’ but it’s given me another reason to walk through this particular area.

New Year’s resolutions

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I’ve never been one for setting New Year resolutions which limit or restrict, instead, I’d rather draw up a list of things I want to do more of – spending time with friends, for example.

This is my first New Year in business so the temptation is to come up with a huge list of goals but one thing I’ve learned in the past seven months is that it is something that needs to be reviewed regularly.

I started using a Trello board for keeping tabs on ideas and leads which I’m constantly updating and adding to.

In those moments when things feel like they aren’t moving the way I want, I’ll scan through to see where I’ve come from, what I’ve already achieved and take inspiration from the ideas and leads.

So this (short) list is part resolution, part well-being reminder and part motivator, all of which will no doubt have wider benefits.

1. Blog regularly on my website

This isn’t purely because it’s good for profile and SEO but because I really enjoy writing, which is why it is a big part of my work. Continue reading “New Year’s resolutions”

Health advice from 1890 that is still pertinent today

IMG_3875At the launch of Stride Treglown’s 10 Essays To Shape Future Places yesterday Duncan Cadbury, chair of the Bournville Village Trust, gave out a copy of George Cadbury’s ‘Suggested Rules of Health’ dating from circa 1890.

Among the often sage and surprisingly timeless advice, it contained this pearl of wisdom:

“Anger and worry will wear you out much more rapidly than hard work. Cultivate a cheerful and thankful spirit.”

It was really interesting to hear Duncan and Iain Tuckett, chief executive of Coin Street Community Builders talking about creating sustainable and viable communities and I’m proud to have had a small role working on this thought-provoking book.

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