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Why looking after your mental health is important

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Every year in the UK 1 in 4 people report a mental health challenge. It’s reasonable then, to say that these problems are not uncommon and aren’t confined to one “type” of person. Mental health conditions can be exacerbated by uncertainty and change, which much of the world's population has experienced recently through the Covid-19 pandemic. These challenges can impact your work life as well as your personal life meaning there’s never been a better time to educate ourselves on self-care.

It's natural to feel scared and upset in these times, but it’s also vital to have coping mechanisms that will help you look after your wellbeing. Using the abundance of advice and resources out there you can look after your mental health, it’s just a matter of finding what works for you and being consistent. Here are some tips that might help you:

It’s OK not to feel OK

There are times when we will feel overwhelmed and that’s okay. We must acknowledge these emotions before we can begin to process them and alleviate any stress or anxiety they bring us.Reach out to your support systemIn times when we can’t catch up with our support system in person, we truly appreciate modern technology. It’s never been easier to stay connected to our friends, family and colleagues – anything from a text to a video call can help us feel close.

Change is good

Our charity partner - Mind - has some brilliant resources and advice on their website that can help you understand your mental health. One great bit of advice they give is that a change of scenery or change of pace are good for our mental health. It’s important that we educate ourselves on this much-discussed topic because there are still many myths about mental health.

Do something that you enjoy

Every day, commit as little as 20 minutes to do something that you enjoy. This may be a hobby that you’re good at - in which case it will be a great self-esteem boost - or it may be something that relaxes you such as reading, cooking or watching your favourite films.

Take care of your physical health

We all know that eating our five-a-day and getting 30 minutes of exercise daily will impact our physical fitness and help ward off any health problems. It’s also important to remember that if we neglect our physical health it can impact our mental wellbeing. Eating nourishing food, staying active and getting enough sleep each night will all help you feel physically strong and limit the effect of stress on your body. Here are ten tips for a good night’s sleep.

Open up about your feelings

51% of young adults believe that it’s embarrassing to have a mental health illness – we need to change this. Discussing our feelings with those around us can ignite an open discussion about mental health which can encourage others to unburden themselves with what they’re struggling with.

Be there for others

Once you begin caring for your mental wellbeing you can help others understand the importance of looking after their mental health. For many people, supporting those who are close to them is an uplifting act; it helps to keep your relationship strong and can even bring you closer. Time to change advise that if a friend, family member or colleague seems to be facing a mental health challenge 'Ask Twice'.

What mental health means to P&H

At P&H, we’ve built an inclusive environment where all our staff are listened to, valued and respected. We know how important this is for someone’s mental health and we’re always looking at how we can do more to support our colleagues’ mental wellbeing. Read about our values and what it means to work at P&H.

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