Sunday, 16 February 2014

Sunday Spotlight - 16th February 2014

This week, I’ve been loving…

Catch-up TV

As I’ve had to spend most of this week resting, catch-up and TV recordings have been my saviours – keeping me relatively sane when I haven’t been able to do much else! I’m terrible for recording programmes and letting them build up because I haven’t got enough time to watch them. So, this week, I’ve made the most of having some enforced rest and caught up with a few things I had recorded. I’ve finished watching Silent Witness, tuned into The 7.39 (which I recorded over Christmas and starred Sheridan Smith) and caught up on a few other one off programmes I had recorded. What would we do without technology like this?!

Surprise post

There are two kinds of surprise post. First is the dreaded brown envelope, probably containing something like a bill or an equally bad piece of news! Then there’s the surprise post that’s more positive – an unexpected letter from a friend or a gift you weren’t expecting. Over the last week or so I’ve been really spoilt by friends and family with cards, balloons, flowers and gifts and I feel truly grateful to know such amazingly kind people. At the very last minute I also decided to take part in a Secret Valentine with others I know from the M.E. Community (like Secret Santa, but on Valentine’s Day), but I thought I’d applied too late as I didn’t hear back with who I should send to. Then, the day before Valentine’s Day an amazing parcel arrived for me – such a lovely surprise! (I have now sent mine too – turns out there was a little mix-up!)

Beautifully wrapped gifts


I guess this is kind of similar to surprise post. I actually ended up back in hospital this week (I know, they can’t keep me away!) with complications after my operation. I’ll be honest – when my GP rang the Surgical Unit and they asked me to come straight in I felt pretty tearful. But what kept me going were the lovely texts, Snapchats and other messages from friends. It’s amazing what a difference a simple message can make, and it’s inspired me to try and send random texts to friends more often. After all, it probably takes no more than a couple of minutes of your time, but can make someone else feel cared about and loved. 

This also seems like a good opportunity to mention Time to Change - although the ‘Time to Talk’ day was on the 6th February, there’s nothing to stop us doing it all year round. The message behind the slogan is the organisation trying to promote conversations about mental health, to show that it is not something we should be ashamed about. For someone with a mental illness, receiving a simple text asking how they are can make a real difference. So, my challenge for you this week is to have a conversation with someone – they don’t have to suffer from a mental illness, it can be anyone you like, although if you do know someone with mental health problems it would be great to choose them. Lets get talking more, instead of burying our heads in the sand and pretending mental illnesses don’t exist. The more we talk about them, the less scary they will become.

What has grabbed your attention this week? I love hearing about people’s new discoveries and you may end up sharing something that makes it onto my list next week!

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