Mental Health Awareness Week focuses on anxiety.
Mental Health Awareness Week which runs from 15th to 21st May will this year focus on the rising issue of anxiety. Organised by the Mental Health Foundation, this week we explore anxiety which can lead to more serious mental problems if left and get out of control.
It’s not surprising that the levels of anxiety are at an all-time high as stress surrounding financial issues continues to grow due to the cost-of-living crisis. The Mental Health Foundation state in a recent mental health survey that they carried out around stress, anxiety and hopelessness over personal finances, a quarter of adults said they felt so anxious that it stopped them from doing the things they want to do some or all of the time. Six in ten adults feel this way, at least some of the time. On a positive note, anxiety can be made easier to manage.
At Sutcliffe & Co we are passionate about supporting mental health and have an active programme for supporting our team. This Mental Health Awareness Week we have 10 top tips for helping to manage anxiety and stress:
- Avoid doomscrolling. Binging on negative news or excessively scrolling on social media can have negative consequences. Try to focus on facts rather than speculation.
- Be physically active. Try to give your mind a rest, shifting the focus to your body instead. Physical activity creates mood-boosting chemical changes in the brain.
- Be mindful. When thoughts feel like they’re spiralling, mindfulness activities may stop your mind from racing. Meditation and other mindful practices can help you feel present in the moment.
- Try breathing exercises. Breathing is closely linked to the nervous system. Deep controlled breathing with extended exhalation can cause a fall in heart rate and blood pressure.
- Take time to unwind. It’s essential to still engage in activities you enjoy. Creative outlets, such as hobbies, crafts, writing or home improvement, can be good distractions.
- Maintain sleep habits. Although it may be hard to sleep anxious, try to maintain your usual sleeping pattern. Being well rested is vital for emotional balance.
- Eat healthy, balance meals. Healthy eating is essential for your overall physical and mental health, improving your ability to navigate stress during troubling times.
- Connect with others. Good relationships foster a sense of belonging and provide an outlet to share experiences. Sharing worries with others can improve your situation and feelings.
- Be transparent. Talk to your manager if your stress or anxiety stems from work-related situations. There may be ways that they can help to lessen the burden.
- Reach out for help. Feeling anxious or stressed is natural, but don’t suffer alone. Talk to your doctor or checking with your employer for mental health or well-being resources.
At Sutcliffe & Co Insurance Broker we are proud to have a Mental Health First Aider, Sue Smith, who is dedicated to supporting our team. Making small steps to help and support staff who may be suffering from anxiety is a critical part of your HR strategy and builds a strong and progressive team.