You may be aware that this month is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this coming week (beginning 18 May) is the start of Mental Health Awareness Week.

 

We understand that navigating the law can be stressful and affect many areas of your life. That’s why one of our core values is about being clear and transparent. The last thing any business owner needs (especially now) is additional worry or anxiety over unexpected invoices, or cutting corners which could cause more trouble down the line.

The theme for this year’s Mental Heath Awareness Week is kindness. When asked about the theme chosen, Chief Exec for the Mental Health Foundation commented: “We have chosen kindness because of its singular ability to unlock our shared humanity. Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity. It is a cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health. ” https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/why-kindness-theme

 

With that in mind, our team have suggested their own advice on practising positive mental health which we share with you in this blog today.

 

  1. Exercise where/when you can, but make sure it’s something you enjoy! It’s gets all those happy hormones boosting your mood and the exercise can be a great way to alleviate stress. Exercise doesn’t have to be running 5k or a HIIT class… simply going out for a 30 minute walk in the fresh air will do the job.
  1. Prioritise your sleep! We don’t mean sleep all the hours you can – we mean for you to spend some time considering how much sleep you get and of what quality. There are simple changes you can make to ensure you get better sleep, like avoiding screen time for the hour before you go to sleep. If thoughts constantly roll around your head so you can’t fall asleep, have a pen and paper next to your bed, get all your thoughts down on paper and reflect on them in the morning. 
  1. Talk about how you are feeling with someone you trust. Everyone has worries and concerns, but as a business owner you often feel the responsibility not to burden others with your worries. This can leave you feeling isolated and worsen your mental state. Talking is good – you may find relief from talking issues through, and even find a solution to investigate. 
  1. If things are feeling really stressful, get one of your favourite songs on, watch a favourite movie or listen to a funny podcast – take some time away from your problems and enjoy something you really love! You’ll feel better we promise. 
  1. Remember what you see on social media is only a version of the truth. People will post the good days, the successes, the joys. Try not to get fixated on how well someone else is doing – they will be having off days too, but they just don’t shout about it!