Mental Health Awareness Week aims to shine a light on something we should all be keeping an eye on, for much more than one week a year.
Mental health is something that is finally being given the same kind of coverage and respect as physical health. The prominence of things such as anxiety, depression and even suicide in our twenty first century, have made it all but impossible to continue to ignore the significance of what goes on in between our ears.
At Trinity U, we regularly comment on the importance of looking after your mental health, and suggest numerous ways that this can be done, but sometimes, this just isn’t enough…
…and as a society, as a human race even, we need to do so much more.
We can’t change the whole world (not yet anyway…) but if we can change the outlook and the prospects of just one person, either through direct support or by referring them to the right help, we’ll know that we’re making a difference.
And making a difference is what it’s all about.
So, business owners…
…when was the last time you thought about your mental health?
We’re encouraging all business owners, as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, to take a good long look in the mirror and have a think about the above question. You might feel as though you’re ticking along nicely, but even still, there are things you can be doing to maintain your mental health, just as you do with your physical health.
Do top athletes suddenly go on drinking binges as soon as they reach their peak?
No, of course they don’t. They look to maintain their levels of performance and condition.
For people in business, we need to do the same with our mental health.
You might be performing very well on a daily basis, you might be smashing through your targets and buzzing about happily from one place to the next, but remember to take some time from yourself.
Remember to take some time away from the business, focusing on the other things in your life that fulfil you. Hobbies, friends, family. However you get your kicks, make sure you get them, before you end up getting kicked by poor mental health.
People who suffer panic attacks, nervous break downs or other mental health episodes have often missed warning signs along the way. They may have taken on far more than they could reasonably be expected to cope with, but because they’re the sort of person who just gets on with it, they’ve cracked on and dealt with the pressure…
…until the pressure catches up with them.
Sometimes, people who experience these issues learn to spot the signs, so that they can guard against it happening again, but in a lot of cases, there simply isn’t enough education out there to raise awareness of what can and should be done to protect people and their mental health.
That’s where Trinity U’s ‘Mind for Business’ comes in, a mental health first aid workshop for people in business.
In collaboration with our mental health first aid trained partners, we look to raise mental health awareness amongst business owners, who might not have given it the attention it deserves before.
Now is the time to talk about it. Now is the time to run these kinds of courses.
The world is waking up, and for many of us, there are lots of anxieties surrounding this, not least regarding our businesses.
The necessity to pay bills and to provide can leave us feeling as though we’re caught up on the hamster wheel, working away without really getting anywhere.
This happens to pretty much everybody at least once in their lives. The key thing to remember is to spot the signs, acknowledge what’s happening, and then to do something about it without…
(…and this is big for busy business owners…)
…without ignoring it!
Ignoring issues with mental health and hoping they go away on their own is a recipe for disaster.
It’s inviting mental health difficulties into our lives by accepting high stress levels as an inevitability of being in business.
Maybe it is inevitable, you might be thinking.
Even so, does that mean we should just accept it and do nothing about it?
If you banged your head on a low hanging lightbulb every time you went into the office, would you just leave it there and keep hurting your head? Maybe for a week or two, but eventually you’d get round to righting it.
Would you continue bending and lifting in the wrong way, even though it was causing you great pain and significant damage to your back? Again, maybe for a week or two out of sheer defiance and stubbornness, but once again you’d sort it out eventually.
So, it might take you a week or two to notice things are going wrong with your mental health as well, but you still need to take action.
You still need to seek support.
You still need to talk someone.
And if you’re going to talk to anyone, why not talk to likeminded people in business, who understand the strains and stresses of your life?
That’s what our Mind for Business course offers; the chance to review, refresh and reset in a safe and supportive environment.
If you feel as though you, or anyone else you know for that matter, would benefit from taking part in one of our courses, you know what you need to do.
Reach out to us and take the first step towards taking care of your mental health.
During Mental Health Awareness Week, there doesn’t really seem as though there could be a better time to do just that.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.