In collaboration with Men’s Health Week 2019, let’s talk about Men’s Mental Health.
This post is one that I’ve wanted to write for a while now, but everyone who has had an experience with mental health will know that it isn’t easy to talk about until you feel healed enough to be able to move forward. The reason I’ve wanted to share my story is to help people who may have been through the same or similar to me – if I can help just one person, then the roller coaster of my mental health journey will all be worth it.
It’s likely that we can all recall a time when someone else’s behaviour has affected our own. When someone is nervous we can often be nervous for them, although we hold it in & tell them not to worry. When someone’s happiness beams from their smile, we often find ourselves grinning along with them and, in the same way, when someone is upset we usually feel low too. Empathy. But is this the case with personalities? Do we reflect other people’s personality traits when we spend time with them? Go, grab a coffee & let’s catch up…
Usually, after not writing for 2 weeks I’d start this post with an apology- however this time, I’m not. I’ve learned how important it is not to apologise for taking time to yourself. The last month has been hectic with plans after plans (which I am forever thankful for)- nevertheless, no time to ourselves can take its toll. When things get busy its important to treat the mind & body with kindness with an aim to reduce stress & allow you to enjoy these experiences. This has prompted the topic of this weeks blog post- Mindfulness.
Even the most resilient of people experience stress at different points of their lives. At times things may become so stressful that you become completely drained as well as physically and mentally exhausted. This is otherwise known as ‘burnout’- a term I’ve discovered during study is often associated with nursing (but can happen as a result of anything that adds extra pressure on us during our every day lives). But what causes ‘burnout’? And how can we prevent it? Let’s have a coffee ‘n’ catch up…
OK so I’ve kinda click-baited you here. If I knew the formula of overcoming anxiety I’d be a millionaire. But wait. There are some things I can help with. Let’s start at the very beginning…
Can you believe it’s already March?! This year has gone by so quickly already including, believe it or not, the month of night shifts I was dreading. As a student, night shifts lead me to being a walking, barely talking, zombie with no social life. Over a year later and this is what I imagined night shifts as a qualified nurse would be like- only this time with added responsibility. If you’re new to night shifts too you’ll be pleased to hear that this hasn’t been the case. In an attempt to rid the night-shift fear , I’m going to talk about what helped me to survive my first block of night shifts as a qualified nurse.
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”- Steve Jobs. I feel lucky to be able to say that I genuinely love what I do. ‘Great work’ means something different to everyone. To me, I see great work in a lot of things- but feel the most pride when I am nursing. Mental Health Nursing in particular. In honour of the very first Mental Health Nurses Day which took place on the 21st February- I am going to narrow down the many reasons why I love being an RMN. (Other than the fact I worked damn hard to get here of course!).
For anyone who doesn’t already know and appreciate the fascinating videos from TED- you’re in for a treat! In just 15 minutes (on average) these videos can give you the confidence to achieve your goals, the motivation to do what you’ve always wanted to do and the ability to understand other people’s perspectives- challenging our own biased opinions. To me, these videos are the epitome of self-care entertainment. Every single video result in an emotional response- the majority of which include goose bumps and a huge bundle of inspiration.
It’s that time of year again! Time to Talk Day in collaboration with ‘Time to Change’ the biggest UK campaign to challenge Mental Health Stigma. This day encourages everyone to talk about Mental Health- whether you’re at work, at home with the family or relaxing on your own (get online!). ‘Time to Change’ have provided us with tailored conversation packs to guide that natter- so where ever you are, let’s get talking!