1 in 4 people in the UK suffers from mental illness at some point in their lives with anxiety and depression being the two most common (Mind, 2019). In honour of World Mental Health Day 2019, we have asked our Consultants to share the ways they best mind their heads and stay positive!
“It’s okay not to be okay.”
There is no shame in admitting you aren’t yourself and speaking to someone about your mental health, be it a friend, your boss or a councillor. The first step to recovery is admitting you are struggling, once that has happened you can start to understand why you aren’t feeling right and what’s making you feel the way you feel. Once this has happened, you can then begin the road to recovery. I would always recommend speaking openly to a professional about your mental state, as they are qualified and trained to work out what’s affecting you. However, counselling doesn’t work for everyone so keep searching for alternative therapy until you find one that suits you.
Felix Peach, Analytics Recruitment Consultant
"You'll be amazed at the kindness of others."
When you’re feeling down or stressed or just not your usual self then try to talk to people if you can, be that your friends or other people. You’ll be surprised at how many people have been through or are going through similar feelings and amazed at the kindness of others.
Alison Livesey, Recruitment Business Manager
"Read books about positive things."
Some of my favourites I would recommend reading are ‘The Secret’, ‘Make Your Bed’, ‘Declutter Your Mind’, ‘Good Vibes, Good Life: How Self-Love Is the Key to Unlocking Your Greatness’ and ‘The Magic.
Sophie Parkin, Senior Marketing and Ecommerce Recruitment Consultant
"I can’t express how much yoga and meditation have helped me."
I’ve always suffered with anxiety and I can’t express how much yoga and meditation have helped me. It took me a while to get into it properly but now it’s part of my daily routine, I feel like a different person!
Megan Cross, Marketing Recruitment Manager
“Have a colleague who you can confide in."
Talking about your mental state can often be really daunting, especially in a professional environment, so having a friendly face to anchor you when you’re not feeling your best can really help!
Leif Radford, Analytics Recruitment Manager