Love what you do
They say if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.
That’s true, I love what I do, But I also find myself working hard, struggling, and sometimes I even hate what I do.
Whilst this is a beautiful idea and one to aspire to, it’s not always possible.
The things in life worth having are never easy.
How’s that for 2 cliches in 4 lines of writing. That’s got to be a new record.
I have been thinking about a new blog all day, rather than banging my head against a wall looking for a candidate that may not exist, I have been struggling to put pen to paper on this all day.
I finished my day a little early and went for a run, often my best ideas come to me when I’m moving, and as I was bumbling along being my clumsy and uncoordinated self, I almost went full steam into a lady walking around a corner.
I don’t know why but I have had a smile on my face all day, and as I apologised, she said it wasn’t an issue as I was smiling
All of a sudden, the gears started to turn, and I thought of my first brave venture into the world of Linked in blogging, my article on mental health in recruitment, and focussing on your happiness!
So, who doesn’t like a sequel? Jaws 2? The Hangover 2? Titanic 2?
Right okay…Maybe a sequel isn’t always great! I didn’t even know there was a Titanic 2, I had to look that up. But I’m going to push ahead anyway.
Mental Health Stats
Did you know? That 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year in England.
1 in 6 people experience a common mental health problem in any given week.
So, chances are, we know someone or suffer from our own mental health problems.
So here we are…These are my tips for managing your own mental health…In a pandemic!
I don’t profess to be an expert, but I can offer advice from my own experiences and if this helps just one person, that’s enough.
Number 1 – Exercise.
Right, I know It seems like everyone you know seems to have turned into a pro marathon runner and had posted them beating Usain Bolts 100m record! But I’m not saying train for a marathon. Try to get out and about at least once a day.
It’s good to clear your mind and feel the fresh air.
Number 2 – Dance and sing like no one’s watching
Don’t be afraid to do this whilst exercising, I’ve been known to walk along murdering an Oasis track on a daily basis.
But even if it’s on your own. Enjoy the moment. Listen to that one song on repeat all day.
Music is as subjective and personal as anything in this world. Enjoy it to the fullest.
Trust me on this one! It might be my favourite!
Number 3 – Reach out to those closest to you
We have spent the last year void of connections, your friends and family often know you better than you know yourself. Even if it’s a 10-minute call with your mum or best friend. This can make a huge difference to my mood.
Number 4 – Don’t feel pressured to catch up all the time.
Don’t be afraid to put off a call and have some you time. Sometimes you need to be at peace. Life is a balancing act. Don’t feel like you have to chat to everyone all the time. There’s not a whole lot to catch up on…There’s nothing to do after all.
Number 5 – Do something you love
I love to write – I’m circling back a little here to the beginning, it’s something I love to do. I try to write something as often as I can. Even just a little tidbit.
Try and take 20 minutes of your day, to focus on yourself. Whether it’s reading, playing the new call of duty, or baking. Do something once a day, just for you.
Number 6 – Ask for help.
If you are struggling, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Reach out to someone and talk it through. You can and will get through this.
Speak to a professional, you are not alone. I will leave some numbers and links below.
Mental health isn’t something to be embarrassed or ashamed of.
Mental Health isn’t something to be afraid about, speak up and be heard. We are all here for each other.