In these current, troubling socio-economic times, we are seeing the nation’s anxiety levels rise to an all-time high. Every day on the news, it seems as if there’s a new disaster unfolding before our eyes. On top of the usual day-to-day stress and work-life pressures, its little wonder many people are struggling with their mental health.
Whether it’s a global crisis or one closer to home, it’s important to be able to effectively manage your mental wellbeing. This is especially important when you’re trying to run a business. It’s also key that you are able to recognise when people in your team might be under strain and dealing with mental health issues.
Sometimes, it is not always possible to spot when someone is struggling to cope. Therefore, by having the right tools to hand, you will be better placed to help someone should they need or ask for your help. Although there’s a multitude of mental health information online, always check whether it comes from an authoritative source, such as the NHS.
As seen on TV, Dr Phil Hammond has a useful mnemonic called ‘CLANGERS’, which you and your team can use to help manage your wellbeing. We’ve adapted this model slightly by adding our own slant. Why don’t you see if you can adjust this to suit your own needs?
Here are eight ways you can try to improve your own mental health:
Connect with people – we’re social creatures; we’re not designed to live in isolation.
Learn new things – by continually challenging yourself, you could discover vital skills.
Activity is key – being physically active has been proven to help with depression.
Notice the world around you – be ‘mindful’ of what’s happening and appreciate the moment.
Give back – helping others is very rewarding, so you could look at volunteering locally.
Eat well – a healthy body leads to a healthy mind, so try to consume nourishing food.
Relax – always take some time out of your busy working day to rest and recharge.
Sleep – aim for 6 – 8 hours of good quality sleep, as this will help to improve your mood.
Poor sleeping patterns, an inactive lifestyle, and an unhealthy diet can lead to people suffering with mental health issues, such as depression. But small changes lead to big outcomes. Why not decide on one small change you could do every week to help lift your mood? Maybe your team could set a small challenge each week to improve one aspect?
It’s important to address any mental health issues before they escalate. If you are struggling to manage your wellbeing, then it’s wise to seek professional help. In the first instance, visit your local GP or a qualified therapist. There are also many organisations who can offer you help free of charge; we’ve listed a few below:
Mind: www.mind.org.uk Call 0300 123 3393
Samaritans: www.samaritans.org Call 116 123
Cruse Bereavement Care: www.cruse.org.uk Call 0808 808 1677