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SGI Mental Health Awareness Week

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and across SGI, we’re recognising the importance of our wellbeing and self-care. Throughout the week our leadership team has delivered their personal experiences, opening up about their own circumstances and how they manage and continue to focus on their wellbeing.

Although our working lives are currently in flux, with fully remote offices, the constant buzz of technology surrounding us, video meetings, and chat interruptions, we must remember that we need to look after ourselves and appreciate self-care.

According to clinical psychologist Ryan Howes, Ph.D, “well-being is associated with balance, understanding, acceptance and constant growth.”

With that in mind, we’ve gathered 5 points to help you flourish and bolster your wellbeing.

Accept your emotions.

“Some would argue that most of our physical, mental, and relational problems come from our inability to adequately experience emotions,” Howes said. “We deny, bury, project, rationalize, medicate, drink away, smother in comfort food, sleep off, sweat out, suck (it) up and sweep under the rug our sadness, anger and fear.”

Some people spend more energy on avoiding their emotions than others do on feeling them, he said. So the key is to give yourself unconditional permission to feel your feelings. Research has shown that people who write or express about their deepest emotions are less depressed and more positive about life than before they started writing.

Connect with others

Good relationships are vital for your mental wellbeing. They can:

  • Connect with other people
  • Good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing. They can:
  • help you to build a sense of belonging and self-worth
  • give you an opportunity to share positive experiences
  • provide emotional support and allow you to support others

There are lots of things you could try to help build stronger and closer relationships:

Be physically active

Being active is not only great for your physical health and fitness. Evidence also shows it can also improve your mental wellbeing by:

  • raising your self-esteem
  • helping you to set goals or challenges and achieve them
  • causing chemical changes in your brain which can help to positively change your mood

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Learn new skills

Research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental wellbeing by:

  • boosting self-confidence and raising self-esteem
  • helping you to build a sense of purpose
  • helping you to connect with others
  • Even if you feel like you do not have enough time, or you may not need to learn new things, there are lots of different ways to bring learning into your life.
Do what makes you happy first thing

Sometimes it can feel like you’re going through your days on autopilot, and that can get tedious and depressing. Start your day off on a positive note by engaging in an enjoyable activity every morning.

Improving emotional wellbeing and mental health is often about spotting the warning signs that things feel like they are going downhill and trying out some things to balance life a little more.

Mental Health Awareness week is about putting yourself first, time to rest, recharge, and reach out.

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