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31. Review of the Year (Part 1)

A look back on 2019 with host of the Dark Coffee Podcast, Alice Lyons, and collaborator Grace Hall both reflecting on what the year has brought in terms of wellbeing, mental health and overall lessons.

Between the laughter, odd references and multiple directions of this episode, there is a focus on the value of reflection, the importance of self-awareness and how being in recovery isn’t a negative thing.

The first part of this podcast episode focuses on these questions, which are a great way to reflect on your year as we go into 2020:

(4:40) What word would you use to summarise 2019?

(8:50) If 2019 were a cocktail, what cocktail would it be (and why)?

(15:10) If 2019 were a person, how would you describe them?

(22:05) How was your mental health throughout 2019? How did you manage it?

(45:59) What is the best thing you’ve done for your mental health and/or wellbeing this year? And the best book/resource of the year

Welcome to Dark Coffee, the podcast that starts engaging and approachable conversations around mental health.

Join wellbeing advocate Alice Lyons as she attempts to normalise the conversation around mental health, from suicide to satisfaction and everything in between.

Dark Coffee aims to create a safe space to explore dark topics with curiosity, compassion and courage to empower people to build their mental strength, resilience and sense of connection.

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