Mental health awareness week 2022
We're running a series of activities for Mental Health Awareness Week (9 – 15 May)
The theme for 2022 is Loneliness. We know that loneliness can be both a cause and a result of poor mental health.
It was prevalent in the lockdowns during the pandemic, and now we are adapting to the new norm of home/office hybrid working, we need to keep connections with our colleagues.
We have organised a week of activities to build connections, raise awareness and educate ourselves on how to improve mental and physical health.
Yesterday morning we shared some useful webinars with the team.
Today (Tuesday) we're going for a group office walk at lunchtime. Walking is good for mind and body, and May is National Walking Month. So we're tackling the Mental Health Foundation 80 Miles in May challenge: the Plan A walking group has signed up to track our miles on Strava, and we're aiming to cover 80 miles between 9 and 15 May.
Tomorrow we're hoping everyone will wear green in support of the Green Ribbon Campaign. The green ribbon is the international symbol for mental health awareness, and shows our colleagues that we care about their mental health.
On Thursday our trained Mental Health first responders are giving us a presentation at lunchtime.
Friday will be meditation day. We are encouraging a solo meditation break throughout the day.
Meditating each day has positive health benefits.
Meditating for just 5 - 10 minutes is enough to ease stress and anxiety - and can reduce feelings of loneliness!
Tips for meditation:
1. Start early – try the morning. That helps make sure it's not pushed to the bottom of your to-do list.
2. Make it part of your daily routine - choose a similar time and place each day.
3. It doesn't have to be long - just 5-10 minutes is fine for beginners.
4. Get comfortable in a position that is good for you.
5. To start with, breathe normally and follow your breath as it goes in and out.
6. Notice when your mind wanders, and simply return to thinking about your breath.
7. Be kind when your mind wanders – do not judge yourself.
8. Take mindfulness with you – check in with yourself and mind throughout the day.
For more information, see the Mental Health UK website.