Maybe you can't quite put your finger on it, but you’re just not feeling right.
You might be feeling tired more often, maybe you’re drinking too much, you’re more emotional or you just might not want to do the things that you usually enjoy.
Struggling to cope with everyday life doesn’t look or feel the same in everyone. We can’t generalise about how it'll make you feel or act.
You’re not alone…so let's talk about it during Mental Health Awareness Week and beyond.
- One in four of us will experience a mental health problem each year
- In 2017 the overall cost of mental health problems to UK employers was almost £35 billion
- Three out of five employees experience mental health issues because of work
- 84% of managers accept that employee wellbeing is their responsibility but less than a quarter (24%) of managers have received any training in mental health.
If life is getting you down, there are some practical things that may help:
- You’re not alone in feeling like this. Many people struggle to cope at some stage and experiencing a range of emotions during this time is common
- When people feel like this they often feel very alone. Even if you don’t have family or friends close by, you are never alone. Speak to your occupational health provider, your GP or contact the Samaritans on 116 123. They’re available24/7/365 and they’ll listen
- These feelings may not last forever. By talking you may put things into perspective and start to feel more positive about the future
- Try to identify what is making you feel this way and see if there is something constructive you can do to change it.
There are lots of things you can do to help yourself:
- Make time for yourself, relax and do things you enjoy
- Eat healthily; get plenty of sleep and exercise
- Spend time with people you love
- Talk about your problems with people you trust
- Be proud of what you’re good at, as well as aware of what you struggle with
- Pay attention to what you’re feeling.
Try the mental health quiz – how much do you know?
Listen up – let’s talk about mental health
The simplest action we can take when things are getting to us and impacting our mental wellbeing is to talk – but the continued stigma attached to the subject means that many people keep worries about their mental health to themselves. Having a mental health problem doesn’t mean someone is unable to work; we probably all work with someone who is experiencing a mental health issue.