Mental Health Issues and Support

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Mental health issues may affect anyone, at any age, gender or location. Depression, anxiety, stress and numerous other mental health concerns don’t discriminate. They don’t care whether you earn £50k a year or struggle to make ends meet. They arrive uninvited and rarely listen to hints about it being time to move on. This is why mental health awareness and support is so important.

The list of mental health conditions that the healthcare community are aware of and may diagnose is vast. Thankfully there are a number of ways to help combat mental health issues.

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If you are struggling with your mental health please see your GP or healthcare provider in the first instance. The following are all great examples of ways to look after yourself and to deal with any issues you may have and may even be suggested by your GP after assessment. These are not meant to be a substitute for medical care though.

Prioritise Self Care

Self-care is something I have written about several times in the past, from taking time out for yourself to employing meditation and mindfulness in your everyday life. Self-care can go a long way to helping to lessen anxiety, stress and more. Go for a walk, call a friend, have a down day, go for a swim, light candles and binge-watch something. Life can be tiring. It is ok to take time out to reboot, to rest and to find some balance.

Stay Active

Exercise is known to improve confidence, self-esteem and offer physical benefits too from helping you sleep to encouraging clarity of thought. You don’t need to join a gym or a class. Walk around the garden or around the block. Get some fresh air at lunchtime. Consider yoga or pilates from home if not at a local class. Physical activity can go a long way towards helping you destress, for example.

In The Moment Help

Sometimes you need more immediate help. If, for example, you struggle with anxiety, have a grab bag, something you can get hold of easily with items which help you. A notebook, a drink, a squeezy ball, a paper bag, essential oils; any tools that help you keep calm, stave off a panic attack and give you back a little control. There are phone apps aimed towards meditation and even talking you through a sudden moment of upset and panic. Having something there and present, either to calm you down or uplift you, can be a great way to help manage some of the symptoms of mental health issues.

Talk to Someone

Your GP should be your first port of call if you are struggling with mental health issues. That doesn’t mean that you can’t or shouldn’t speak to someone else in the meantime or at any point. Speak to a trusted friend or family member, consider online therapy, ask about local support groups or consider anyone you might feel comfortable speaking to about where you are at and how you are feeling. Mental health concerns are nothing to be embarrassed about. They are more common than you might suppose and don’t have the stigma attached that you once did.

Everyone is Different

When it comes to stress, anxiety, depression and/or any other mental health conditions we all feel differently, react differently and require different levels of support. What might work for one person may not work for another. For this reason, communicating with your health team is important as they will be able to help you work out what you need and ensure that it is available to you.

Education For Success

Regardless of your goals, education is likely to help you achieve them. Business is a prime example of how this works. Running a business is hard work, and it takes a lot of time, effort and money. Knowing your stuff from the beginning is important however ongoing self-improvement and further education is what will help you and your business thrive.

In terms of what it takes to build a business that is strong and secure and has every chance of growing into a highly prosperous and profitable brand, it’s important to understand that you require the right skills and education in order to be able to successfully grow a business.  Take me for example. I am a freelance copywriter with over twelve years under my belt. Initially, all I needed asides from copywriting skill etc obviously was a basic idea of bookkeeping and accounts, WordPress know-how, some social media skills and time. This was enough to start my business and make a profit. To keep it afloat for another twelve years and grow to what it is today it was important for me to continually self-improve and to look at further education as a business tool as much as anything else.

Education for Effective Business

The fact is that running a business is an extremely complex task as there are various areas that you need to consider, from the day-to-day running of your business as a whole to aspects such as finance and marketing that need to be well thought out. These are often areas that many new business owners lack knowledge in, which is where education can come in so handy. Whether you choose to take night classes or study online for your MBA at Aston, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you choose to get the education that you need to build, run and grow a successful business.

It isn’t just important to understand industry-specific information and to know how to use it to benefit your business. You need to understand about business too. Educating yourself on everything from marketing to effective SEO to building and maintaining a website and more will help you to achieve your goals. There are other ways of educating yourself too, less classical education and more life skills and more.

Self Development Boosts Confidence as Well as Skills

If you are going to be able to build your business into a sustainable brand, you need to have confidence in yourself as a business owner and brand leader, as well as in your business. Confidence in business isn’t just important for your own self-esteem as a business owner, it’s also essential in terms of how it alters the impression you make when speaking to customers and potential business partners and stakeholdersIf you come across as being a confident business owner and individual, this impression will have a positive impact on how you come across to other people, particularly customers and potential business partners, in addition to competitors. In business, confidence is key.

There can be a self-care aspect to taking courses while running a business too. I, for example, completed a mindfulness diploma earlier this year. The benefits that it has offered me personally have filtered over into my professional life.

Gaining Valuable Experience

When it comes to running a successful business, it’s important to understand that a lot of that relates to the experience that you’ve had. Life experiences is important and so is industry experience. Education takes many forms and not all learning comes with a certificate or scroll. If you want to know more about a certain part of your business or something else, try shadowing and talk to those in the know to see what opportunities might be open for you.

In Summary

When it comes to launching or growing a business the list of what you need to know seems staggering. As you and your business evolve you will need to keep educating yourself and adapting to change as and when it comes along. Remember that education that benefits you as an individual will benefit your business, be it via increased confidence or transferable skills.

So, a question for you. If you could take any course or learn anything right now, what would it be>

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