Are you taking care of you?

We do need to be mindful of our own mental health and support our wellbeing. Isn’t it times like these when we need to make sure we are looking after ourselves, as well as our family, friends and colleagues? Not forgetting if in business we also need to take care of our business family. When we are at our best personally, we are positive and healthy with normal changes of mood, pretty sociable and active, sleeping well and feeling calm. At work we are able to concentrate easily and focus on our tasks, have fairly high work standards, and are mostly solution-focused. We are aware of those warning signs of ‘not being okay’ and have a good work / life balance. Sometimes, when our wellbeing isn’t so good and we’re feeling a little stressed, at home we might become irritable, perhaps anxious and our energy starts to drop. Whereas in

Now’s the time to take that mental holiday!

It’s times like these when we struggle with not being able to do what we want. Travel overseas, visit friends and family far away. We might not be able to take a proper holiday, however, we could take a ‘mental holiday’! Find yourself somewhere quiet and comfortable to sit and relax and shut your eyes and start picturing yourself beginning your holiday. This might start from the planning of the holiday or the day you’re packing to leave, really feeling that excitement of your forthcoming journey. Then imagine you’ve arrived at your destination. This might be somewhere hot with blue skies, crystal blue seas and white sands with your ‘villa’ overlooking tranquil views. For some, this might be a hard exercise to do, trying to let our imagination take us somewhere, but stay with it. When you succeed it’s one of the most relaxing exercises you can do. You might