Celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week 2018
On Monday the 14th of May 2018 I attended a workshop on “how to manage stress in the workplace”, held by Fran Borg CEO of Youth concern in Aylesbury.
Youth Concern is a charity that offers help and support to young people aged 13-25. They have a drop in centre in Aylesbury where young people have access to guidance, support and counselling.
I found the workshop very interesting and I came out with some great tips on what you can do to keep stress levels low. The top tips we came up with were:
- Step away from the computer screen when possible
- Avoid taking work home with you when possible
- Exercising and eating healthy
- Talking to your fellow colleagues
I learnt that all of these things can help you reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Simply just stepping away from you computer to have a chat with someone you work with, to look out of the window, to get a glass of water, get a coffee with someone or even go for a quick stroll. These are all doable things that are good for you. Regular little breaks allow your mind and body time to relax and refresh the information you have obtained and allow you to look at things from another perspective. This can help you be more creative and productive with your work or at home.
In addition to this, avoiding taking work home with you (this includes checking emails) as it helps you to relax in the evening, you need that time at the end of the day to separate yourself from your work. Taking breaks to clear your mind can help you become more creative as it allows you to come back with fresh ideas and new energy levels. While I was there I met a woman who said that she often gets her colleagues to walk round the block when they have something to discuss as she feels it relieves some stress from the conversation and allows them to get to know each other better.
If you’re finding it hard to relax at work or at home then you can always try meditating and practicing mindfulness. Being more present in the moment and in ourselves, recognising what’s going on around us can help us enjoy life more and understand ourselves better.
"An important part of mindfulness is reconnecting with our bodies and the sensations they experience. This means waking up to the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the present moment. That might be something as simple as the feel of a banister as we walk upstairs.”- Professor Mark Williams former director of Oxford mindfulness centre. For more information got to the NHS website and search ‘mindfulness’
Another thing everyone said helped them relieve stress and anxiety was exercise/eating healthy. Some people felt that it helps them to distract themselves from work when they are not at work where as others felt that it helped them to just feel good about themselves. It doesn’t have to be intense exercise it can be a short vigorous walk or something more calming like yoga but everyone thought it had a good impact on their wellbeing.
While I was at the workshop I met a woman and she said that she had recently de-cluttered her office and got rid of everything they didn’t need any more. She said that by doing so it has already had a good impact on her and her team, making them all feel more relaxed at work.
After attending this workshop I feel like I could deal with any stress that comes my way and try help others who are stressed, depressed or feeling anxious. There are a lot of little things you can do that make a big difference. I look forward to putting some of the advice into practice in my work place.
Who am I?
My name is Courtney, I’m 19 and I am an apprentice at Take One TV. I am doing a Digital Marketing course, which I have only been doing for a few weeks but I am enjoying it and I’m looking forward to future tasks. I’ve had a few opportunities already to test my skills and I already feel like I’m learning a lot. I have started a blog “being an apprentice at Take one” which should be up in a few weeks so keep an eye out on our website.