The Time Has Come…..Again

I was going to post for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) anyway, but this post from last year popped up in my Timehop feed, so I thought I’d share it again as many of you are new readers and probably won’t have seen it before. At least I’m posting this year while MHAW is still live!

A quick personal update, to get that out of the way. I did move flats and am now coming up to 11 months in the new place. It took me a while to feel settled, but I do now, and my mental health has definitely improved. I haven’t felt the need to seek out the services I mentioned in last year’s post, but somehow I doubt that the general situation regarding provision in this area will have changed much. Physically I have now been moved on to the next stage of treatment, which can largely be managed by me, rather than my having to go for weekly hospital visits. This is a huge step forward for me: if only I were allowed out to celebrate, or there was anywhere to go!

If you have a moment, please click on the link in last year’s piece to the Mental Health Foundation (MHF), as the link takes you to this year’s MHAW materials. As I said in Tuesday Tunes 9 this year’s theme is ‘kindness,’ which I think is especially appropriate. In these pandemic days we need to be more kind towards each other. My Facebook news feed has contained many instances of kindness to others, and I expect yours will have been the same. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to do something which will brighten someone’s day, and this can be beneficial for the mental health of both parties. The MHF have many useful tips and resources, so I hope you take a look. If you have longer, there is a very well-written piece about why kindness should be a driving factor in public policy – governments would do well to read this and heed the advice!

I hope you have a chance to reflect on the theme of kindness, and that it will help you and someone else that you know: friends, relatives, other loved ones….

Take care, stay safe, be well and be kind – to yourself and others 😊👍

Take It Easy

Lewis Carroll: Through The Looking Glass

Funnily enough, I won’t be talking about any of those things in this post, though there is a temptation to think about when pigs might have the wings to fly. But I’ll pass on that, for now. The ‘many things’ I have in mind are the reasons why I have been away from here for some time. I’m sharing them to show how easily what we believe to be the equilibrium of our lives can be unbalanced. Last week, when I began writing this, was Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW), and that seemed as good a time as any for a post which has mental health as its underlying theme. MHAW is organised by the Mental Health Foundation, and you can find out more about it from their website. I wasn’t really following their theme for this year – how our body image…

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15 thoughts on “The Time Has Come…..Again

  1. Natalie May 25, 2020 / 7:27 pm

    Clive, Glad to hear you’ve settled after your move and don’t have to go for weekly hospital visits. I was at a local garden today and saw a small painted bird house that has the words “Be Kind” on one of its sides. A good reminder. Have a great week! #senisal

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    • Clive May 25, 2020 / 7:41 pm

      Thank you, Natalie. That bird house sounds nice, and it’s always good to have a gentle reminder. You have a great week too 😊

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    • Clive May 24, 2020 / 12:51 pm

      Thanks, Frank, you too. I read that post: an interesting piece, he has masses of followers and likes, but doesn’t appear to reply to comments. For me, that is a fundamental part of blogging which would put me off following someone.

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  2. petespringerauthor May 24, 2020 / 2:49 am

    I’m glad your new flat is working out and continued success in such an uncertain time, Clive.

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  3. Jim Borden May 23, 2020 / 11:32 pm

    Glad to hear that things have seemed to improve for you this past year. How convenient that the flat across from you opened up. And I hope you’ve been able to manage the pain of your lymphoedema.

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    • Clive May 24, 2020 / 12:09 am

      Thanks for your kind words, Jim. It was a stroke of luck, but not without its moments – the previous tenant was being evicted and took his time over it! If ‘lucky’ can be a relative term in relation to my condition, I have been. It hasn’t really caused me much pain, just massive inconvenience and restriction on what I can do. But there are many suffering far worse, especially in current times.

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      • Jim Borden May 24, 2020 / 2:44 am

        You are right, everything is relative. Glad you have been “lucky”…

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  4. Mrs ESTJ May 23, 2020 / 7:28 pm

    Me too! The company has little tolerance for mistakes. This one will have plenty. 😂

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    • Clive May 23, 2020 / 8:05 pm

      It’s going to be a learning experience for all 😂

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  5. Mrs ESTJ May 23, 2020 / 6:51 pm

    I’ve got a stressful project on at work. It’s a system being rolled out by our US parent company and its a real career killer because nobody wants it. I’ve got the joy of implementing it in the UK and it’s likely to cause major problems. I’ll be fine again in the autumn when it’s done and everyone has got over it 😂.

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    • Clive May 23, 2020 / 6:54 pm

      Glad to hear it’s nothing internal or permanent! Hope it goes better than you’re anticipating 😉

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    • Clive May 23, 2020 / 6:43 pm

      Life can be like that, can’t it! Seriously, though, if you ever need help is there someone to ask? It helped me.

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