10 October 2019
This World Mental Health Day presents the perfect opportunity for you to check in not only with your friends, colleagues and family, but with yourself.
How are you?
As business leaders there is no denying that we have a tendency to be quite proud people. Unfortunately that usually comes hand in hand with struggling to ask for help, to reach out when you need it.
Yet it is absolutely essential to reach out when you’re feeling the strain. I have found that surrounding myself with friends, fellow businesspeople and family is the best way to weather any periods of stress or otherwise.
Physical and mental health
Equally, today comes as a reminder to check in on your team and on those around you. As ‘the boss’ you have a huge responsibility to look after your team’s overall wellbeing, particularly their mental and physical health. I believe, and studies show, that physical and mental health are intrinsically linked. Exercise is known to help all manner of mental health challenges by increasing heart rate and releasing endorphins.
This is one of the reasons we are so committed to providing health and fitness services at UKFast. This week, we celebrated the launch of our newly refurbished gym. The gym is a £150,000 investment into the wellbeing of the team, helping them to stay happy, healthy and motivated.
Whilst a gym isn’t the answer to solving every mental health issue, we’ve seen the impact it has had first-hand. We also have a Time to Talk service, with mental health ambassadors trained by the charity Mind, and mental health cover through Bupa, to help where we can.
Importantly, whenever we talk about mental health, it is absolutely essential to remember that you’re not alone. According to the NHS, one in four adults experience mental illness. I suspect there are many more who simply don’t reach out for treatment.
If you’re looking for a helping hand, there are numerous resources and places to reach out to, to take care of yourself. We’re all in this together.