Hi there. How have you been?
It has been a while, I know. I have been working on my medication prescribing portfolio which is practically done. It has been a challenge no doubt but I am feeling a bit more human, with more time to focus on the things I did before – such as writing these blogs!
Thank you for having patience and for enduring with me.
I also know that for many of you it has not been an easy year.
This year has been a year of great difficulties and hardships. It has been a year of Covid, a formidable and very difficult virus. Adapting to this new way of life has been strange and unpleasant for many people. A new life with restrictions, not being able see friends or family, not being able to go on holiday, not being able to meet friends for a drink. Strange little things that we used to take for granted have now become things of storybooks that we yearn for, as if looking back on a life that we can’t fathom how we may be able to find our back to.
We are living in very difficult, unpredictable and uncomfortable times. Part of my job involves seeing people in the community, people in distress within the contexts of mental health crises. I have seen people effected greatly by depression and anxiety, people driven to self-medicate with alcohol, homes broken, jobs lost, more people on benefits, more people struggling.
More and more I am seeing people effected by poor mental health due to Covid. The toll on people due to restrictions, due to isolation, due to already fragile mental or physical health and how they have been pushed over the edge. And I am seeing many people self-medicating with alcohol and other illicit substances.
And I just want to say: it doesn’t have to be that way.
There is help out there. And its ok to ask for this help.
Talk to your GP. There are mental health crisis numbers available.
There is Samaritans as well, I have mentioned them a few times but they are very good. If you are feeling like there is little hope, just know that there is always a bit of a hope in everything.
You just need to look a bit harder.
I also wanted to let you know that from the new year I will be looking to change the branding and focus of the blog. For a while it has been Fit For Any Age, and I feel that the time is to focus on the blog site and blocks as more wellness oriented.
As always, I will keep you posted 😉
A bit of a shorter blog today, but just one to check in and say hello.
Remember: it’s a journey. It will take time. Have patience in the process. You will get there. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, and have a lovely time wherever you are on the planet.
And remember: love yourself. And others.
A bit about the author:
I am a guy who is (nearly) 40, who is sharing a journey of weight management and wellbeing.I am also a mental health professional with a wealth of years of experience in supporting individuals who have challenging mental illnesses and personality disorders.
Prior to my current professional role, I spent several years supporting members of the community as a fitness professional, assisting individuals with weight loss and health improvement programmes.
I completed a PGDip in Mental Health Nursing in 2013, and an MSc in Advanced Practice in 2016 in which I looked at improving nurses’ level of engagement with patients with challenging personality disorders.
In 2018 I successfully undertook a Clinical reasoning in Physical Assessments course, and in 2020 I commenced further training in Nurse Prescribing to train toward becoming an Advanced Nurse Practitioner.
In 2015 I also undertook a Mentorship for practice (BSc Hons) course and have been supporting future nurses with their training and development. I have also recently supported a Healthcare Assistant Staff toward training in and successfully passing and achieving a Foundation Degree in Mental Health Nursing.
In my current role I am a person looking to support the physical and mental health and wellbeing of the individual. As part of my role within the health services in supporting individuals with mental health care needs, I am also currently looking to develop myself as a Wellness Coach, to support the individual with weekly wellness blogs, with the view to support individuals on a 1:1 basis as well as holding motivational lectures and seminars.