Time to Talk Day: Our Tips on Protecting Your Wellbeing

2 February 2022
Time to Talk Day is an initiative set up by Mind, Rethink Mental Illness and the Co-op. The day is about creating supportive communities and encouraging people to have conversations with their friends, family and colleagues about mental health. According to Mind, one in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year. We all have mental health and talking openly about it can enable us to support ourselves and others. Working in a high-pressure environment, our team has learnt a thing or two about managing stress and wellbeing.
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Here at John Fowlers Solicitors, we’re used to listening to our clients' concerns and helping them through their tough times. Our team are big advocates of talking and encouraging people to share their thoughts and feelings. Whether you’re struggling to open up, you’re feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders or you’ve been putting yourself last for too long, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Here are some of our top tips on protecting your wellbeing both in the workplace and in your personal life… 

Get Active

Getting active can help you to process your thoughts and emotions in a healthy way. You don’t have to partake in anything strenuous, even just a short walk or spending some time outside can help both your mental and physical wellbeing. If you’re feeling overwhelmed at work, going for a walk on your lunch break could help you to clear your mind and allow you to deal with any issues more calmly and effectively. Similarly, if you’re experiencing a tough time in your personal life, you could find that increasing your activity levels helps. You might decide to attend a class, join a gym or go for a walk. 

Make Time For Yourself

Making time for yourself is not selfish. It’s important to take care of yourself and spend time doing things that protect your mental health. We understand that life can sometimes be heavy, hectic and leave you feeling as though you don’t have enough hours in the day. However, we highly recommend setting time aside each day to take some ‘me time’. Whether you spend an hour pampering yourself or 20 minutes sipping a cup of tea and reading a few pages of your favourite book, it’s important to spend time doing something that you enjoy. 

Set Challenges

For some people, setting a challenge can be the perfect way to realign your focus and combat stress. This might be a work related challenge or a personal goal that you’re keen on conquering. Setting goals can help to build your confidence, provide a sense of personal satisfaction and help you to see the bigger picture. Start with smaller goals and achieve these, once you have achieved them you will feel a sense of accomplishment and can aim for bigger goals.

Get Creative

Studies have shown that getting creative can be a fantastic outlet for your emotions. You might decide to pick up a pen, or open your laptop, and get writing. For some, a journal might be useful to work through emotions and pick up on patterns. As an alternative, you might like to try poetry or writing fiction as a way of expressing yourself. Photography, painting and drawing are some popular ways of getting creative. 

Speak Out

If you’re struggling with stress or you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s important to speak out and get the help that you need. Whether your worries are about work or you’re dealing with personal issues, there are people who want to listen and help. Unsure where to go for help? Visit the Mind website for helpful tips, resources and contact details. 

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