World Mental Health Day is a crucial reminder that it’s essential to recognise and prioritise our mental wellbeing. As an apprentice, you're navigating new challenges and responsibilities within the fast-paced world of work. This blog aims to provide you with valuable insights and practical tips that have helped me, a current Digital Marketing Apprentice at Farrer & Co, manage my mental health throughout my journey so far.
If you’re struggling with your mental health, or having a down day, the first step is to acknowledge your emotions and know when to seek help. Alongside friends and family, I know that at work I could discuss my feelings with my manager or the HR department. At my firm we also have mental health first aiders within every department who are a point of contact if I, or someone I am concerned about, are experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress. They are there to listen and to signpost support if required. Alternatively, we have therapy sessions we can sign up for if we would like to talk to someone external. With an abundance of support available, I know that I have people I could turn to if I was struggling. World Mental Health Day acts as a reminder that we need to normalise discussions around mental health and create supportive environments for people to reach out both in and out of work. Just as we consult a doctor for physical health, do not hesitate to seek professional help for mental health.
Something that I have found extremely useful since beginning my career is dedicating time to plan and prioritise tasks. Having a routine and clear boundaries has not only ensured I have a work-life balance but enabled me to allocate time for relaxation and self-care. Prioritising my sleep, diet and physical activity have all played a part in my wellbeing. Outside of work I ensure I make time to go running and to spend quality time with my family and friends. I have found that a problem shared is a problem halved; taking small consistent steps can make a substantial difference in your overall mental health. Throughout my working day I often incorporate short breaks if I feel the need to refocus my thoughts, even just for a coffee or to focus on my breathing. Something my team have found useful are monthly Mental Wellbeing walks to take some time away from the desk and to reduce any stress. Once back at my desk, allocating time to tasks and prioritising what should be actioned first has helped me to stay focused and not panic about what I need to do.
Wellbeing is a continuous process of learning, growing, and adapting and so this World Mental Health Day, we need to focus on supporting ourselves and those around us. Understanding your own mental health can empower you to make informed decisions and to find what works best for you. If you’re struggling, don’t hesitate to seek help from friends, family, colleagues, or mental health professionals.