Todays Mindfulness Monday is all about the newly established service Hub of Hope. Hub of Hope is both a website and an app.
The Hub of Hope is the UK’s leading mental health support database. It is provided by the national mental health charity, Chasing the Stigma, and brings local, national, peer, community, charity, private and NHS mental health support and services together in one place for the first time. (hubofhope.co.uk)
The services and support offered by Hub of Hope are for both every day and in times of crisis. Taking care of our mental health should be as important to us as taking care of the rest of our bodies. Checking in with ourselves and being honest about how we’re doing is essential, daily practice. As we become used to doing this, we can identify when we’re struggling. We can then get the extra help and support we need. This is where the Hub of Hope comes in.
Today’s Wednesday wisdom is about identity. When you become chronically ill one of the things that can become really confusing is working out your identity. All the things that you may have defined yourself with such as relationships, work, hobbies and even wardrobes are changed. You can’t do most, if any of the things you used to do in the way you used to do them. It can also make your reactions and feelings so much more complex and different to who you were previously. So if you’re not the person who you thought you were then who are you?
Today’s mindfulness Monday is about doom scrolling. Spending way too long on our phones and devices scrolling through articles and social media posts that are negative. Following accounts that do not educate or entertain us. Consuming so much negativity that it dulls our sadness, desensitizes our compassion, makes our outrage toxic and sharpens our defenses to become lightening quick.
If you’re a child of the 90s (at least in the UK) then you will know the three Rs off by heart. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle was the theme of many a school assembly and poster making lesson. There’s even a song! As far as the basics such as glass/aluminium and paper go it’s easier than ever to do your bit and recycle. Reducing the amount you need to recycle is our ultimate goal. However, sometimes we need to use single-use items and some of these aren’t collected by our local council.
Enter TerraCycle. TerraCycle’s mission is to work with companies to help you recycle your hard to recycle items. You can do this by collecting them at work, school or home or by going to one of the company drop off sites. There’s a whole range of hard to recycle items that you can donate. I’ve picked just a few to show you how the system works.
Today’s Wednesday wisdom is a little different. Normally I just pick a quote make a nice aesthetically pleasing background and go about my business. But today’s quote made me pause and I wanted to share my thoughts with you.
The ‘new normal’ this phrase will be remembered alongside classics such as ‘unprecedented times’, every email hoping it finds you well and your dreams being haunted by government reminders to make space, wash your hands and wearing a flipping face mask. They’ve all become part and parcel of our everyday. Perhaps you’ve been working from home or had to pivot careers. Perhaps you’ve picked up a new hobby or ditched an old one. Whatever it may be your normality has bound to have changed. Yet apart from a little side note I don’t actually want to talk about the pandemic today.
Instead, I’m going to briefly cover what it’s like when you become chronically ill or disabled and your reality changes dramatically away from what you once called normality. This of course is just from my experience as someone who was healthy and fit before they became chronically ill. I would love to hear others thoughts on this too so please leave a comment or use the contact form to message me.