The outdoors is our medicine
Getting outside and connecting with others can have huge benefits for both our physical and mental health. The YesTribe was founded on heading out to spend a night in the great outdoors with good people and we’ve seen proof of the benefits firsthand, linking connection with the natural environment to our wellbeing.
Life isn’t easy
When life gets tough or just generally busy, it can be easy to become disconnected from our environment and the people around us. We’ve all experienced how this can lead to feelings of isolation, unhappiness and at times, hopelessness.
As a community we are proud to try and be a part of the solution by providing a non-judgemental and friendly space where people can share their experiences, through a variety of mediums, and support each other - whatever’s going on.
However, we get that reaching out and sharing isn’t always easy. So, as a first step, we hope that by simply listening to someone else’s story shared here, the world might seem a bit smaller and problems a little more surmountable.
Videos and blogs by YesTribers
The Joypot Theory
Whilst we believe that getting outside with like-minded folk can do wonders when we’re feeling blue, our dream as a community would be to support each other in achieving a satisfying daily life balance, full of adventure, so that we’re in better shape to face what life might throw at us.
We like to think of this as keeping the ‘joy pot’ full in order to counteract the stresses that life can bring. Pesky life.
We don’t claim to be experts or a substitute for the many fabulous forms of mental health support out there (many of which we’ll give a shout out to later on) but we’re big believers in the power of collective knowledge and experience...and we’ve got a lot to share!
Here are some ideas on how to keep that joy pot topped up and things to try should your stress pot start spilling over...
A few ideas to rebalance your joy and stress pots in those wobbly moments
Refocus - swap out the unhelpful thoughts for some YES instead.
Change the tune - here are the Joypot playlists, or some good podcast recommendations.
Get moving - even 10mins out and about can get the endorphins flowing - here are some ideas for 10 min workouts
Change your scene to somewhere green, if possible.
Regular top up
Plans to keep your joy pot filled
Your people - life is better together. Keep in touch with friends, the ones that really get you. Meet familiar faces, and new ones - we’d love to see you at any of these YesTribe events - and don’t forget to check out the Events Calendar on the YesTribe
Say YES to microadventures, or something bigger - get outside, keep life interesting and mix up your routine. Join our Facebook groups to share regular updates on events and members adventures - they are joy filled spaces.
Keep Calm - life is busy, give yourself timeout to rest. Need some help to switch off? Here are some suggestions
Running on empty
When joy is harder to come by
Say YES to you - do something enjoyable for you, which is likely to lift your mood.
Sharing is caring - talk to someone you trust, a problem shared is a problem halved. It is often helpful to hear how others have dealt with harder times.
Staying hopeful - take time to remind yourself of what you love about your life.
If there is no joy to be found and you are feeling in a bad place - do consider exploring specialist help. Here are some organisations that offer advice and support.
Check out these collaborative YesTribe playlists on Spotify, always good for a listen whatever your mood. And even better, you can add your own faves to these. Go on, give it a go
share your happy thoughts
We're looking to collect some uplifting material to share with anyone who's going through a low, as we all do sometimes. This form can be anonymous if you’d prefer, we just really appreciate your ideas to enable us to share some joy for others.
We’re really excited to introduce a regular YesTribe meet-up called The Joypot Cafe. A chance to get together with other folks who feel their Stresspots filling up, and could do with a chance to chat openly. Advice is only offered when asked for, and it should be stressed that this isn’t professional care.
A gathering for sharing experiences in a friendly atmosphere
Focus on how getting outside has helped you/if you are looking for help with this/just want to hang out
Either attend or listen/watch via the live feed... (is live feed dangerous if we want to create a safe space?)
Actions for the Joypots team
Get some blogs and videos made to supplement the content on this page
Record a podcast all about Joypots and Stresspots - The Joypot Theory?
Create logo for Joypots!
Set date and venue for first cafe - plan would be to create personal safety plans.