Follow your heart when your head needs to rest
So here we are, the last day of January, and as far as my own mental wellbeing goes, this has been a pretty good month. Incidentally tomorrow is being celebrated as Time to Talk Day, and I’d like to ask you, do you have someone in mind to talk to about their mental wellbeing, or someone to confide in with yours? With the first month out-of-the-way, how’s your year going so far? Hopefully 2018 is being kind to you, at the very least. Whilst I was thinking about what I’ve done these past four weeks or more, five areas in my life that I’m keeping close to my heart, mind, body and soul became apparent, and I simply wanted to share them with you. Perhaps you’ve five areas (or more, or less) that really mean a lot to your commitment to your wellbeing right now. If so, please share them with me!
—yes, I am.
The word that came to mind was decelerate.
I think I’ll adopt it for my word of the year. And that’s exactly what my own running sessions are for: not putting the brakes on, just easing back when I need to.
—Challenge5Alive is taking serious shape.
What I’m also visualising is the interviews I’ll be conducting at various points along the way. I’m still looking for interviewees along my five routes around Wales. The criteria for interviewees are:
- those who use the outdoors for their mental wellbeing, for an illness or general stress relief
- those who offer outdoor therapy to others
If you fit either of these categories and you’re somewhere along one of my routes then please do get in touch, or share with someone you know! As for conducting the interviews, well I’m still researching kit and a keen collaborator who has the skills and the time to join me…
—not such a lonely goat after all.
The training course and the assessment are a different beast altogether.My next step is finding a course for training that suits my situation. Getting more mountain days in my logbook (fortunately everything I’ve done over the past 12 years can be added), with a view to taking the assessment later in the year or next summer. Having my ML (the qualification that permits me to lead groups around the UK and Ireland to do hill walking, map reading and navigating in the uplands, mountains, hills and moorlands) is an exciting step towards the types of workshops I’d like to offer. I am channelling my inner adventurer. Yvie stylee.
—like a bag of tantrums, it’s having its moments.
I just wanted to draw your gaze toward my little screenshot image attached. I’m in the middle of preparing a fresh set of photography and illustrations for my Patreon page, so I thought it best that I share what Patreon is with a link and an image. I understand it’s probably not immediately obvious, but everything I’m doing is about giving away as much of my skills, time and experience as possible. Just to do that, needs a little support.
If you haven’t seen this before, do peruse at your leisure! I’m just off hitting my first goal, which is terribly exciting for any independent creative with a mental illness. Of course, hitting targets is a massive deal for anyone, so I’m sure you can relate.
Excitingly, there are other creative projects that are taking shape, slowly but surely:
- the content of my book recounting the joys of running the length of the country back-to-back whilst managing bipolar disorder.
- the design of my first Creative & Mindful Adventuring (CaMA) workshop, the hardcopy material is being drafted as I write this, which naturally began a popcorn flurry of other ideas for workshops. But, let’s start with the first.
- a seriously exciting collaborative creative project involving other like-minded folk which will hopefully be revealed in the not-too-distant future.
- infographics to help folk (like me) who are visual and actually get put off by too many words with too much info (probably like this post).
—it’s probably much easier to talk about your life outside the flurry of home activities.