Wellbeing… finding the balance

Contributed by Sarah Tidy, Mental Health Advisor

In a world where expectations of how you look, what you wear, where you live, what career you have can be high it’s absolutely vital that we look after ourselves both physically and mentally.

Everyday pressures can be healthy and some of us enjoy the fast pace, dead line ethos of work. What’s important is that we are mindful that at any point the pressure can become too overwhelming and can cause mild to severe mental ‘ill’ health. We need to find time to switch off the gadgets – phones, tablets, laptops – and give ourselves time to reflect and recharge.

Here are some tips to reduce stresses in your life and they can be easily incorporated into your daily routine…

  • A walk before work is good for your fitness and can free up your mind to plan the day ahead
  • Taking breaks throughout the day to stretch your legs & get fresh air is important
  • Eating & drinking healthily will boost energy and aids brain function- try and avoid quick fix takeaways!
  • Fruit, nuts, water, herbal teas are great between meal fillers
  • Work reasonable hours! There is always another day….
  • Join a gym or club unrelated to work…. keeping fit is essential and learning a new skill at a club can broaden your interests and skill set
  • Make time for friends, family and pets. It’s good to share successes and worries and there’s no doubt talking can reduce anxieties. Dog walking can give you a purpose to exercise and often results in socialising with fellow dog walkers
  • Treat yourself! A hot bath with bubbles, massage, pamper, book, film…. the list is endless
  • At the end of the day adopt a positive bed time routine. A warm drink (decaffeinated), soothing music or meditation can help you relax and aid a good night’s sleep.

If you begin to feel out of control with your emotions and your coping strategies and routines aren’t helping you may need to seek professional help.

THIS IS OK!

There are many useful resources both free and at a cost that can help us manage our emotional wellbeing. There is something for everyone.

There are various routes you can take to get further support. Confide in a friend or family member you trust for moral support. Many workplaces offer wellbeing support and some have a Mental Health First Aider.

Services:

Contact your GP initially who will sign post you to services that can assist.

Safe Havens (crisis centres) where you can have 1:1 conversations with trained professionals when you are feeling down or desperate.

  • The Samaritans – Call 116 123 – Under 19s 0800 1111
  • Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) for men – call: 0800585858 – Webchat available too.
  • Women’s Aid & Refuge Helpline – Call: 0808 2000 247
  • Papyrus, for people under 35 – call: 0800 068 41 41 – Text: 07786 209 697
  • Childline, for children and young people under 19 – call: 0800 1111 (Please note: this number doesn’t show on phone bills)
  • The Silver Line – for older people – call 0800 470 80 90