Updated: Aug 23
Mental Health Awareness Week, 13th - 19th May 2019
Those of you who have known and worked with me over the last 15 or so years are more than familiar with my message of self care, self- awareness and the importance of making ourselves a priority in our own lives – through yoga, stress management and more recently proactive career management and resilience.
In that time, it has been amazing to see how these concepts and ideas are now very much part of our consciousness and everyday language, (with even the whole of last month dedicated to Stress Awareness), and our increasing wiliness to talk about mental health issues so openly.
With 1 in 4 of us experiencing mental health challenges each year and 1 in 6 of us experiencing anxiety or depression, the need for openness and discussion around this subject has never been more important.
Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 begins on Monday 13th May, and for 7 days across this UK wide initiative, we are encouraged to focus on and raise the awareness of mental health and mental health issues, and take action to promote the message of good mental health for all.
So, what can you do this Mental Health Awareness Week to increase awareness and for yourself:
1. Start a Conversation
Ask the people around you and those you see every day how they are doing. Give this issue as much light as possible and help make it OK for people to talk about how they are feeling or what they might be struggling with by talking, listening and sharing honestly and openly.
2. Make managing your stress and your selfcare a priority for this week (at least)
You can do this by joining me on the Rebalanced YOU 5 Day Wellbeing Challenge here, and also every day for Mental Health Awareness Week you will be invited to take a positive self care action to help reduce your stress and improve your overall wellbeing. The actions are small and infinitely doable, and together with the 10- minute daily meditations from the Rebalanced You 5 Day Challenge will help you introduce/re-introduce some positive changes towards maintaining or improving your mental health.
3. Run a Mental Health Awareness Event in Your Organisation
It’s not too late to run a Mental Health Awareness Week event in your organisation. For more details of the Stress Awareness and Wellbeing At Work workshops I can support you with in your organisation email me
Finally, if stress and anxiety are becoming a real issue for you or someone you know, and you/they are ready to tackle this by developing more long term strategies to improve your overall mental, emotional and physical health and wellbeing, join us at the upcoming Rebalanced YOU Wellbeing Weekend Retreat.
Taking place at Roffey Park in Horsham, West Sussex, from Saturday 6th – Sunday 7th July, this weekend residential retreat is a unique opportunity to take time out to reset your health and wellbeing in a very structured and intentional way. The weekend is a combination of gentle Chair Yoga (suitable for all abilities with no previous experience required), stress management, resilience and wellbeing tools, exercises, interventions and assessments, and mindfulness and meditation exercises to equip you in building a personalised wellbeing plan and strategy to support and improve your ongoing wellbeing and performance.
Places are limited, so to reserve your place or for more details email email@example.com.
I look forward to sharing Mental Health Awareness with you all and until then Good Mental Health.