Mental Health: How are you today?

Mental Health: How are you today?

I was very lucky to spend time volunteering with Time to Change (UK), a movement of people passionate about changing how we all think and act about mental health problems.

They encourage people to have conversations about mental health, just as they would about their physical health, believing that one conversation has the power to change someone’s life.

Stats show that around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem this year, yet the shame and silence can be as bad as the mental health problem itself.

I was always very private about my own mental illness, only sharing it with a handful of people close to me. But a couple of years ago I was lucky to be asked to lead a mental health project in the workplace. As part of that, I was asked if I’d consider sharing my story and having it filmed. The video was shown at our annual staff day in front of about 160 people!

That video started some truly touching conversations. That evening I had someone tell me about their long history with PTSD and another man in his fifties share his history with anorexia. And it was only the beginning. So many people came to talk to me, trusting that their own mental health would accepted and supported in the workplace and so relieved to finally feel able to share their stories openly.

And it was one of the most freeing things I’ve ever done. Because it allowed me to stop ‘hiding’ and gave me the freedom to start being myself. My depression doesn’t visit so often and my anxiety doesn’t get a grip on me for just as long these days, but they’re still occasional visitors. I’m still shedding old thoughts and behaviours. And rediscovering the real me, my true authentic self, one layer at a time.

Burnout To Balance is a closed group for women, so please come join our conversation. And remember you’re not alone, lots of others in the group have experienced their own mental health problems.

So how are you feeling today? How are you really feeling?

 

Note: Time to Change are led by 2 UK mental health charities, Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. They have a vast library of resources online, if anyone doesn’t feel comfortable sharing here, or needs signposted to professional or medical support.

Free Resources

Free Resources

Resources & Tools

Here are links to some of my favorite resources and tools

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WEBSITE


Hosting: Siteground

There are many, many hosting options available. But after trying to swot up on hosting and reading a LOT of reviews, I chose to go with Siteground for my hosting.  I was particularly impressed with their level of customer support any time I needed it. Which, let’s face it, as a complete novice starting out, was quite a bit to start with!
The dashboard is straightforward, they have lots of training and information resources and customer service is great.                
And they’re currently offering 3 months of hosting for €0.99!

Domain name: Dynadot

There are lots and lots of places to purchase your domain name. If you’ve already chosen your Host, you can normally buy your domain name from there. I bought my recent domains from Dynadot who also offer an easy-to-use website builder.

Before that I was with GoDaddy and I was happy with the service provided there. GoDaddy also offer a website builder and hosting.

 

Website creation: WordPress

Create a free website or blog with WordPress.

Yes, WordPress is FREE. And it also has a vast selection of FREE themes and plugins available to customise your website design and functionality.

The guides, help, video tutorials to help you set up and customise your website seem endless. And you’ll find a million and one additional guides in any Google search. So it’s pretty easy to find your way around this one. Even for me!

Download it from WordPress.org if you’re self-hosting. Or choose a hosted service at WordPress.com

 

WordPress Theme: Divi

The Divi Theme from Elegant Theme is the ultimate visual page builder. This website building visual editor gives you the framework to design and customise every part of your website without needing to know a single line of code. The Divi home page claims “Divi changes everything”. It really does!

DESIGN

Visual Content: Canva

Canva makes graphic design easy and fun, even for beginners. Canva have so many slick professionally designed templates ready for you to customise or you can create your own. They have a free version which is fab but when I upgraded to the paid Canva Pro version it gave me access to even more design templates, photos and the time-saving, life-changing Brand Kit.  

 

Creative Market is another site I use a lot for their huge range of fonts, graphics, templates, photos and themes. They’re all very affordable. Not only that but they send you an option of six free goods every week. And you earn bonus credits when you buy.

 

BeFunky  is an Image Editor which I use mainly to edit and resize photos.      

You’ll want to compress PDFs too. IlovePDF is a fab, free tool which does that in seconds.  


Free Photos:

Unsplash                         Pixabay                                Pexels                  

Apart from a handful of images I’ve taken myself, I get all my images from these three sites as they have vast libraries of freely usable images.            

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SOCIAL MEDIA POSTING

Tailwind is a social media scheduling tool that helps you grow on Pinterest and Instagram. Not only will it save you a huge amount of time in scheduling your pins, you can grow your reach with Tailwind Communities and it gives you really useful analytics so you can see what’s working. Sign up for a free trial.


GROWING YOUR EMAIL LIST 
Email marketing service provider: Flodesk

Flodesk really does have it all. Beauty and brains. It’s both gorgeous and super easy, allowing you to create stunning the most  stunning emails, forms, workflows and to help you grow your business. They even have their very own ‘University’ to help you learn.

Flodesk have a really generous sign up offer. New users get 50% off for your whole first year.

But until 2 November, Flodesk has an amazing offer giving new users unlimited emails and subscribers with 50% off for the lifetime of your subscription! It’s normally $38 per month but with this link you can snap it up for only $19! Forever. Snap it up!

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