We all have mental health and it is just as important as physical health, in fact the two are interconnected and interrelated. Mental health problems can affect anyone at anytime and in recent years the importance of prioritising mental health has become ever more recognised.
Living with a mental health problem can impact your everyday life, making things difficult. It is important to care for yourself to stay mentally healthy and ask for support and advice when you need it. Make sure you get enough rest, eat well, exercise, have a structure to your day, have a list of positive people that you can rely on to support you, be involved in a charity or community group.
The Mental Health Foundation states that 12.7 percent of all sickness absence days can be attributed to mental health conditions and better mental health support in the workplace can save UK businesses £8 billion per year.
Therefore, many companies are acknowledging the importance of mental health and actively taking steps to assist their employees. The Mindful Business Charter is one way that companies are promoting better mental health and wellbeing. It is worth asking your employer about their mental health strategy.
The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. Many mental health charities have fund raising events at this time, and being involved can positively impact your sense of self-worth.
This year has been tough for everyone, especially for people with existing mental health problems whose symptoms have been exacerbated. Problems that could be managed before are now increasingly becoming unmanageable due to corona virus trauma and new problems are arising, such as fear about the economy, losing work, being sick, losing loved ones etc.
Samaritans advises that they are getting more calls in relation to the following:
It is worth acknowledging your own feelings in relation to corona virus and recognising that your old templates for life are being hijacked. Some of the following measures may help you to gain a sense of balance and perspective: