September blogs from Time to Heal
Just Talk? Is that enough? Through September we bring mental well-being to the frontline.
Start the conversation. Isn’t that what we are supposed to do? Knowing where to start, and how to learn. Who do we reach out to? What are the signs of mental stress? Is enough being done? What about those who had mental health issues long before lockdown or a difficult diagnosis of a Long Term Health Condition (LTHC)?
It’s ok not to know — but it’s not ok to not have the desire to understand. Using patient diagnosis and specifically the family of Pituitary conditions we look at: the trauma caused by a diagnosis, the most common mental health problems experienced with LTHCs and the places we can get support.
Support For those with LTHCs and Mental Health Conditions Unusual Ways to be mindful! Help your mental health whilst waiting for a coffee?
Mindfulness is a buzzword of this generation. Do we know its full benefits? Do we understand what it is to be mindful? When do we take notice of the things around us? Take time to think about what we are doing. What our bodies are feeling? What’s going on in our heads and around us. Being mindful can take place anywhere. Using our senses. Quickly, effectively and even discreetly.
Developing a positive mindset through mindfulness can support us to: Increase our happiness, raise low self-esteem, help support time management & help people to cope with mental health conditions. Looking at unusual ways in which we can approach mindfulness. With a few of the traditional thrown in!
Developing a Positive Mindset —What is it and why is it important?
A positive mindset means you are optimistic about the world around you. Expect those good things will happen to you. In contrast, a negative mindset indicates that you expect bad things to happen and struggle to perceive the world positively. The burden of a Long Term Health Condition and additional stresses can make it feel impossible to feel positive.
We have already explored how implementing simple mindfulness practices can support us to gain a positive mindset to: Increase our happiness, raise low self-esteem, help support time management & help people to cope with mental health conditions
Now to utilise this knowledge and practice to translate into a positive mindset. Ensuring that we are well balanced. Avoiding a negative impact on our health and well-being.
The Pituitary Foundations Awareness Month Live Well With Pituitary Conditions
October sees The Pituitary Foundation holding its annual awareness month. Patient stories, alongside a series of online conference videos and Q&A sessions. Engaging and empowering patients, medical professionals and those who care for and support them.
Superhero Series Blogs
Superheroes Winter Wonderland Adventure Report – 18 December
Who? ‘Want a Be’ Superheroes with LTHC’s/Disabilities
What? Racking up the miles on a virtual trek around the world to deliver to some top cities!
When? Through from the 20 November until the 6 December
Where? In houses, gyms, outdoor spaces and anywhere you can exercise!
Why? To help motivate, inspire and support people to access sport and exercise on their own level, but to be part of a team.
How? A combination of sport, exercise and sensory actions, converted into KM’s and added to the team total. Utilising as many aids and resources as needed, including those extra special sidekick supporters!
So The Superhero Winter Wonder Land powered by Marvel is Over. So we have reached the finishing line-virtually! The Challenge Is Complete! Four Great Teams! One super impressive group of eight Disability Sports Ambassadors, representing Essex as part of Team Billy.
Covid support blogs
Vital COVID -19 information for those with Pituitary Conditions
It is more than certain that at this time those of us who are suffering from long term health conditions are extremely scared and concerned about what the future holds for them. Amongst them, I am as well and the thought of a ‘lock down’, cancelled appointments, the undoing of mental health progress and suddenly are totally ‘out’ of control which for anyone is unnerving but for those of us who are unlucky to have the underlying medical conditions this is becoming reality. for more click here
Can those of us with long term health conditions actually support members beyond our community?
Everyone is facing a new ‘norm’ and it’s not easy. Even those of us who have had to change our lives completely due to illness / and or a disability are again facing new levels of challenge. This is going to be a long haul with the prospect of being isolated at home for the next year. It’s like we are entering a war but against this deadly virus instead of people. for more click here
Opportunities To learn & Support Each Other- Help Your Children to Cope At Home
At these difficult times we need to come together and share knowledge, support each other and work as communities to help and support each other through what can only be referred to as a war. We need to share our coping mechanisms and try to make good from a horrible situation. For more click here
COVID-19 Strategy and Recovery
Although it feels unlikely and the news is overwhelming, trying to stay informed but not becoming obsessed with COVID-19 is a tough task for anyone to avoid or manage. Even though the news has to be real and we are on lock down, my psychosis is not gone and one of my problems is knowing what to believe and what not to. For more click here