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Mental Health Awareness Month

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Niomi Cowling wellness

May is Mental Health Awareness (MHA) Month at Hamlyn Williams, with Mental Health Awareness Week being recognised on the 10th-16th May. Our local wellness representatives have collated useful articles and we will be sharing information each week highlighting 4 important topics to help promote good Mental Health. Here's what we are looking at this month:

  • Week One - Stress
  • Week Two - Mindset
  • Week Three - Motivation
  • Week Four - Positivity & Gratitude  

Week One:

Team Task: In your teams, answer these questions to learn more about how each other deals with stress.
  1. I usually feel stressed when... 
  2. To manage my stress at work I...
  3. When I'm stressed my team can help me by...
  4. I manage stress outside of work by... 

Podcasts: 
Headspace Meditation for Sleep [recommended by Harrison]. See also Netflix: Season 1: Ep 4 How to Deal with Stress or YouTube channel if this episode is not available in your local area [recco by Ellen].

Learning:
Self-development is an important way to learn about yourself and learn from others. Try this Managing Stress 2.0 Litmos module [recommended by Sophie]. 

Exercise: 
Exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and by improving self-esteem and cognitive function. So, whether you are a fitness expert or a beginner, get your sportswear out and join in the fun! Try this Yoga for Beginners with Adrienne [recommended by Tiffany]. 

Recipe: 
Spend an evening unwinding and cooking. Try this BAKED FETA PASTA - made popular on Tiktok [recommended by Cat].


Week Two:

Team Task: 
Sophie is hosting TWO MINDSET MASTERY Sessions. Join these thought-provoking sessions aimed to give you better awareness of yourself and others.  

Podcasts: 
Headspace Short Meditation [recommended by Harrison]. See also Guided Meditation Playlist on Spotify  They have short clips covering all different topics including, anxiety relief, deep relaxation, acceptance, and mindfulness. [recco by Ellen].

Learning: 
Self-development is an important way to learn about yourself and learn from others. 
Take a look at the Mindset:
Positive Mindset: Health & Wellbeing Litmos modules [recommended by Sophie]. 

Exercise:
Join the Exercise Class with Jason Thomas on Tuesday 11th May. We care about wellbeing and taking care of our bodies and minds. Exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and by improving self-esteem and cognitive function. So, whether you are a fitness expert or a beginner, get your sportswear out and join in the fun! 
Read also this
Beginners Guide to HIITLearn about how to stay fit during Ramadan here.  

Recipe: 
Spend an evening unwinding and cooking. Try this Lean in 15 Quick Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Risotto


Week Three:

Team Task: 
The wheel of life tool is a visual representation of how happy we are with certain areas of our life. Connecting the dots to form a circle helps us see quickly and easily where we’ve lost balance and which areas need work. Learn more about the Wheel of Life here

Podcasts: 

Learning: 
Self-development is an important way to learn about yourself and learn from others. Take a look at the Motivation Toolkit 1.0 and How Perceptions and Expectations Affect Motivation 1.0 Litmos modules [recommended by Sophie]. 

Exercise:
Check to see if someone is hosting a session locally, or nominate yourself to host one! Watch this 15 Minute Fat Burning HIIT Workout | No Equipment | The Body Coach or 12 Min Yoga For Brain Power | Yoga With Adriene

Recipe: 
Try these Foods linked to Brain Power from the Harvard Review, or make this healthy & quick Pea and Spinach Carbonara


We also hosted Financial Wellbeing Seminars globally in conjunction with HSBC. During this seminar we discussed budgeting, planning for the future, whether that's for buying a house or saving for retirement. 



Week Four:

Team Task: Spread gratitude in your team.
This week, we are encouraging you to make someones' day by giving them good feedback or thanking them. Help spread gratitude in your team by complimenting colleagues and spreading random acts of kindness.

Podcasts: 
Headspace Gratitude Meditation [recommended by Harrison].
See also
 Good Vibes, Good Life Podcast - Episode: How To Switch To Positive Thinking and this book by the same person [recco by Ellen].

Learning: 
Self-development is an important way to learn about yourself and learn from others. 
Take a look at the
Health & Wellbeing – Positive Thinking 2.0Be Grateful 1.0, or the Health and Wellbeing – Letting Things Go 2.0 Litmos modules [recommended by Sophie]. 

Exercise:
Next week join Jason's HIIT workout and for now you can watch this Yoga For Gratitude - Adriene 

Recipe: 
Spend an evening unwinding and cooking. Try these 5 foods that may help you stay positive and get a 'mood boost', and check out these 60 healthy dinners you can cook in 30 minutes  



Update courtesy of the Hamlyn Williams Global Wellness Teams.