If you take notice of the safety briefing at the start of every flight, the flight attendant tells you to fit your own oxygen mask first before helping anyone you are traveling with.  Seems a bit self centred, but you aren’t much good to those depending on you if you are not in the best position to help them. The same applies to mental health I believe, and as it’s mental health awareness week this week, maybe you should think about your own needs in this space for a change.

A couple of my clients have had team members who are displaying some symptoms of stress and anxiety. They want to help them, which is great, but it has raised the issue of their own needs and that running a small construction business is a stressful and tiring undertaking. Time to check your own mental health oxygen mask.

The Mental Health Foundation has some great resources I downloaded that can be used in the workplace to proactively manage the issue of mental health. If you look to use them for your own needs and well being first, I think it will be good for your current and future health. The guide talks about……

“Mental wellbeing is one of the most valuable business assets. Workplaces that prioritise mental health have better engagement, reduced absenteeism and higher productivity, while people have improved wellbeing, greater morale and higher job satisfaction. The Five Ways to Wellbeing (Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning, Give) are simple and proven actions that workplaces can introduce to help their people find balance, build resilience and boost mental health and wellbeing.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing can also support workplaces to meet their health and safety obligations to manage risks to mental health and wellbeing. In this toolkit you’ll find a range of fact sheets, tips, tools and templates to make it easy for you to support your teams to build the Five Ways into their day-to-day lives.”

I have uploaded a copy of the Five Ways of Wellbeing for you HERE if you wish to download a copy

Look after yourself, so you and your business are in the best position to look after others (like your family for instance).

Andy Burrows  –  The Trades Coach