When the world around us seems overwhelming and stressful, it is helpful to step back and think about what we have the power to control. Understanding why the little things matter and remembering that there is power in the small stuff that we often take for granted can help us to build emotional resilience to get us through even the toughest of days.
This week we will be busy at Work Safe and Well starting more mental health conversations for Time to Talk day on Thursday 4 February, as we believe that the more conversations we have, the more myths we can bust and stigma barriers we can smash to move towards ending mental health stigma and discrimination. As we can’t get together for a chat in the ways we used to, we will have to go online or find other creative ways to connect.
The Power of Small
This year’s focus is on the power of small, because, however you have a conversation about mental health – whether it’s a quick text, a virtual coffee morning, or a socially distanced walk and talk – it can make a big difference to our mental wealth. A collection of time to Change champions are hosting a virtual festival you can access for free here https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/time-talk-day/get-involved/virtual-festival
Little Things Matter
If you lead a team right now, are you checking in on your colleagues to see how they are doing? Just one small question about how they are feeling, and the presence to allow them to answer could make the difference , especially if they are working remotely.
This may not be possible in a team chat, so make sure you are taking the time to allow individual chats so that individuals feel safe to talk about how they are coping and what challenges they are facing.
Everyone has good and bad days, and in those darker times we need to have our support systems and resilience toolkit ready to put into practice to get us through them.
So think about the little things that could be in your toolkit, like having a routine, or simple actions like making a cuppa or going for a walk.
Build Resilience Routines
- What simple routines do you have in your day or your week to support your own wellbeing?
- Which of your routines really help you to find calm and stay centred during tough times?
- How will you ensure that you protect or build up those small things which bring you peace and joy?
- Who can support you with this- do you have a self-care accountability buddy?
As always, we would love to hear what little things you are doing to create more #mentalweath and #beatburnout so please get in touch and let us know all the good stuff you are up to . You can also join our Beat Burnout support group or find out more on our Facebook page.