Everyone has been affected by the recent pandemic. Your mental health and wellbeing are your biggest asset. Financial stress and uncertainty can take a toll on your physical and mental health.
While you may check on your family and staff often, how are you going about looking after yourself?
Know the warning signs
The Mental Health Foundation defines burnout as exhaustion + cynicism + reduced sense of accomplishment.
The key to managing stress levels is spotting warning signs early.
These may include:
- Changes to sleeping patterns
- Struggling with making decisions
- Mood swings
- Indigestion or stomach pain
- Losing joy in daily activities
- Low ability to cope
If you are experiencing any or all of the above signs, you may want to take steps to ease your stress levels.
How to ease stress
The mental health foundation gives some great tips on how to ease stress:
- Give yourself permission to not be at your best
- Be kind to yourself, as well as to others
- Involve others in problem solving
- Look after your physical health, get sleep, and eat well
- Take notice of small things each day that make you feel good
- Avoid “toxic positivity” — feeling forced to only talk about the positive and resisting negative or difficult experiences
Resources to check out
We are not medical professionals or mental health experts. But we do care for our clients deeply. If you feel you need help managing your mental wellbeing, we recommend contacting your local GP or one of the helplines listed below:
Depression and Anxiety Helpline – 0800 111 757 or free text 4202
Lifeline – 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP)
Healthline – 0800 611 116
Other helplines available can be found here.
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