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World Mental Health Day
Every year, World Mental Health Day is recognised by the World Health Organisation on the 10th October. The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day is ‘Make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority’.
World Mental Health Day is an opportunity to bring awareness to the importance of mental health. It offers the opportunity to have open discussions about how we can all look after ourselves and where to seek help if you are struggling. Although your mental health cannot be seen physically, it is just as important as your physical health.
We at Johnson Astills have appointed Mental Health First Aiders who are trained to support colleagues. Our mental health first aiders are trained to spot signs of mental ill-health in colleagues and help them find support both inside and outside our firm.
Here are some tips to help manage your mental health:
- Keep Active
Your mental health is linked to your physical health, so it is important to take care of yourself physically. You can do this by making sure you are regularly exercising and have a balanced diet.
Although this may sound obvious, it is essential for your mental health to get enough hours of sleep. Sleeping allows your body to recover and repair. Sleeping well makes a huge difference for your body and gives you the energy to take on the day. If you struggle to sleep, try putting screens away at least one hour before bed and read a book instead. Hot showers and mindfulness meditation can also help you get to sleep quicker.
- Stay Connected
Due to post pandemic effects, with everything going online, it has become easier neglect in-person social interaction. Being socially isolated can be damaging to your mental health, we are naturally interdependent creatures. Talking to people in person, grabbing a coffee with a friend or going into the office more often, can do wonders for your mental health.
- Ask for Help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Ask a friend, a family member, a work colleague, a partner. Talking to someone you trust can help relieve a lot of emotional stress. If you do not feel comfortable talking to a loved one or your loved one needs mental health support, there are many resources and programs available to help.
Always remember that you are not alone.