Recruitment and HR

Mental Health Awareness Week

17 May 2019

This week has been Mental Health Awareness week and mental wellbeing in the workplace is something that has been discussed a lot more over recent years. The awareness around mental is rising, which can only be a good thing, but at Stopgap we are passionate about not just paying lip service to mental health. The wellbeing of our staff, candidates and clients is hugely important to us and we believe it is something we should live and breathe every day. We spoke to some of our team about mental health and some of the things, big or small they do to help their mental wellbeing, relax and take some time out when things are getting too much. 

I do a meditation class called True Rest - an hour of lying down in yoga nidra and completely switching off – Eloise

I think of a place where I feel really happy and relaxed. I think about what it looked like, the sounds, the smells, the food or drink or who I was there with etc. The key thing is to focus on the senses of this memory ie sight, sound, touch and taste as this helps the visualisation become stronger. – Jane

No matter how busy you are, always remember to take a lunch break even if it’s stepping away from your desk for 20 minutes – Caroline

Pilates - brilliant for waking up to your body. It is amazing how a stretch can feel so good. Find the right teacher and you will never look back – Kate

Definitely exercise! – Becci

Spend some time in nature - The Japanese practice of forest bathing is proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production, boost the immune system, and improve overall feelings of wellbeing. So get out into our parks, or your garden – Claudine

I do 20 mins of mindfulness relaxation before bed – Kim

I put things into perspective, talking with my husband, friends and colleagues – Sibylle

I spend some time with my dog, taking him for a walk or giving him some cuddles – Sophie

If I feel overwhelmed with work or any other worries I try to write them down to clear my head, particularly before going to sleep. Also, it's a cliche but talking to your friends, family or work colleagues about what's on your mind always helps - when things have been really difficult, I've spoken to my GP – Tom

Live in the future and not the past. Don’t spend any time today worrying about what happened yesterday, you can’t change it - Claire - Stopgap Founder & Owner

It is also important to appreciate that mental health issues can develop into serious medical conditions, which require professional help. Which is why as well as promoting workplace wellbeing through things like exercise, a compassionate environment and healthy eating we also have an EAP - Employee Assistance Programme, which gives our employees access to counsellors who they can call to discuss any personal or work-related issues. 

If you're feeling overwhelmed at work or in your personal life and that your mental health is suffering, reaching out and talking to someone is the first step to feeling better. Speak to your GP or contact one of the following organisations:

MIND

The Samaritans

CALM - The Campaign Against Living Miserably

Rethink Mental Health

1 in 6.8
people are experience mental health problems in the workplace
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