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“Tipping the Balance” — when resources outweigh demands

Back in October I attended a fascinating event, hosted by LagomMind in partnership with OpeningUp Cricket, looking at Mental Health in Cricket.

The panel featured Fabian Cowdrey, Dr. Jamie Barker from the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, and Mark Boyns from OpeningUp.

It was a thought-provoking evening, so much so that it has taken me a while to process everything (and to catch up on some follow-up reading).

My headline learnings on the evening time included:

  • the dangers inherent in the modern belief that the only route to success is via obsession — “the harder I practice, the ‘luckier’ I get”…but finding a balance between obsessive practice and “civilian” life might seem the healthier option;
  • the impact of irrational beliefs on mental well-being — Jamie told the story of a cricketer who fervently believed that he should score 100s whenever he batted, and became extremely upset when dismissed in the 90s;
  • ultimately, the need to trust yourself, and find what works for you.
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Mental Health

Movember 2019

This Movember I’ve committed my upper lip to help change the face of men’s health.

I’m growing my moustache for 30 days, and I need your support: https://mobro.co/andrewbeaven?mc=5

I’m supporting the Movember Foundation because around the world, 510,000 men die from suicide each year. That’s one every minute. The Movember Foundation is funding research and services to help men and boys stay mentally healthy.

There are two ways you can contribute to my Mo growing effort:
Donate online at https://mobro.co/andrewbeaven?mc=5

Or, write a cheque to ‘Movember’ referencing my registration ID (2840861) and mail it to: Movember Europe, PO Box 485, Wilstead, Bedford, MK45 3XN

Learn about the important work Movember is funding and the impact your donation will have: https://uk.movember.com/programs/cause?mc=5

Together we can change the way the world looks at mental health.

Mo Bro Andrew Beaven

link to My Movember page.

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Mental Health

Watch the birdie — twitching for cricketers

This #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, why not take a moment to step away from the rat race and do something just for the sake of doing it?

Of course, I am not suggesting that players should take to the pitch armed with binoculars and a copy of the Collins’ “Birds of Britain & Europe”.

“Eye on the ball”, and all that.

But why not take a moment between deliveries to simply enjoy being outdoors, away from your desk?

Or just reconnect with nature, however briefly, during your working week?