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22 May

Be Kind to Yourself | Mental Health Awareness Week

We are always reminded of the importance of being kind to one another – how its better to give than receive, and offer a helping hand when someone may need it most – which is of course undoubtedly true.

But today, in light of Mental Health awareness week, we want to remind you of the importance of being kind to yourself - to tune out the voice of judgement and comparison and tune in to the voice that says you are enough:

  • Prioritise some “me” time, so you can relax and reflect on how you’re feeling and how your day or week has been so far?

  • Turn off from your social media channels for a day, or even a week?

  • Treat yourself to something small, such as buying or planting some flowers?

  • Spend some time outside, and switch off from your every day life for some time each day?

Importantly, as we navigate through these unprecedented times, remember that whatever you can manage today is good enough. Some people feel that the lockdown is giving them the time and chance to try new things - reading, exercising, getting creative. And that very well may be you. If so, enjoy this time and celebrate your successes.

If this isn’t you, try not to beat yourself up about what you see others doing. If things are hard right now, try and find some small things to celebrate each day. Getting up and tidying your room can be just as much of an achievement as someone else posting about a 10k run on Instagram.

And If you do feel that you are particualry struggling, as many of us will throughout this time, and need that extra bit of support and help, speak out. Because whilst the current covid-19 pandemic is at the centre of everyones mind at the moment, this doesn’t mean that other illnesses should be overlooked. Seeking Mental Health support is extra important throughout this isolating time. Whether thats speaking to a colleague, your employer, a family member or a friend, you may feel that having an initial conversation can already start to help.

Or if you dont feel comfortable speaking to someone you know, be mindful of any workplace benefits you may be entitled to via your contractual agreement with your employer. For example, as part of their risk benefits package (income protection, life assurance, critical illness cover) many employers can also provide you with access to a range of benefits designed to provide external wellbeing support. Employee Assistance programmes are intended to help you deal with personal problems that might adversely impact your work performance, health and wellbeing. EAP generally include assessment, short-term counselling and referral services for employees and their immediate family.

Some useful links;

NHS

Samaritans

Mental Health Foundation

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