Published: 25 March 2019
Last Friday (22nd March) Sagittarius invited the team to participate in a Mental Health First Aid course for members of staff that were interested in the programme. It's great to be a part of a company that recognises the importance of health and wellbeing in the workplace and is prepared to invest in, not just physical but mental health.
Currently, the agency offers employees access to Bupa Healthcare as well as a benefits package called Perkbox. In addition to this, the agency has recently launched a 'Health and Wellbeing Committee' which has been tasked with looking at ways we can support the team during our planned growth. The Mental Health First Aid course was a big part of this in a bid to further support the agency team and continue to ensure Sagittarius is a great place to work.
All of the above has got me thinking. I am a working parent and life outside of work tends to be very busy. A year ago, work and home was out of balance... I lacked time to exercise, I felt I wasn't performing my best when it came to work and then when I was at home, my daughter was already in bed and I wasn't spending enough time with her or my husband.
Fortunately, I was able to reduce my hours and I now work a shorter week. This enables me to collect my daughter from pre-school once, sometimes twice, a week, exercise and take time to breathe. I don’t feel guilty saying ‘no’ to work things and I feel way less guilty about the time I spend at work and doing things for me. There are times I say ‘yes’ to work things but then I re-balance and prioritise home or me things instead.
All of this means I love being at work and feel ready to take on the challenges it generates. I love running and it gives me time to think, plan and get things in perspective as well as explore nature and be outdoors (wet feet cross country marsh run this morning!). Most of all I love spending time with my family and make a conscious effort to ‘be present’.
I’m learning to say ‘no’, I’m not great at this but everything takes practice, right?!
So, make time for you and don’t be afraid (or ashamed) to ask for time out to restore your mental health in the same way you would your physical health.