First Practice Management
- Posted Monday October 7, 2019
It’s World Mental Health Day this week, a great moment to stop and lift our heads above the parapet of daily life. Paul Farmer, CEO of MIND, recently tweeted that “the NHS is losing 348,028 working days a month [due to anxiety, stress and depression]”. Something is not working.
We can all acknowledge that we’re experiencing a mental health crisis – it’s an epidemic and it is no wonder. Sarah Kelly, HR professional and creator of the Woosah Kit, provides us with her take on how to tackle this growing issue.
When was the last time stress got too much for you?
For many of us our attention and resilience, as well as our confidence and self-worth, are at rock bottom. We are not coping with the volume of incessant information and pressure that modern life brings… but we can.
The first major step to overcoming this problem is changing the look and feel of mental health, specifically in the workplace. The stigma exists.
The second big step is to encourage a proactive approach to managing stress and anxiety, recognising the point when it tips from being helpful to unhelpful.
Taking the road to mindfulness and wellbeing
As humans we have incredible capability. For the majority of us, we have the ability to reprogram. We have the choice to take an alternative route when our emotions and anxiety try to manage us, deciding instead to manage them right back.
The more we do it, the more we build resilience, the stronger and more content we become. It’s not easy though... or is it?
How can we manage the stress epidemic?
The word Woosah originates from America and is a popular term meaning “time out, get some / bring some calm”.
How much better does it feel to say “I need some Woosah” than “I’m stressed, I can’t cope”? How much better does it sound to hear “I need some Woosah” than “I can’t do this anymore”?
Let me introduce you to The Woosah Kit - a mental health first aid kit that isn’t labeled as a mental health first aid kit. It’s interesting, engaging and effective. Everything within the kit is based on the five ways to wellbeing. It brings proven, evidence-based strategies to create better overall wellbeing.
Our ambition with the Woosah Kit, the only Mindful Wellbeing toolkit available right now, is to change lives by encouraging and inspiring people to take back control of themselves.
Would you like to win a Woosah Kit for your practice?
It’s bright, ergonomic and jam-packed full of tools that can be used in a few moments to help proactively manage one’s mind and emotions when the gremlins come a-knocking.
With 10 physical items and over 40 activities that are all multifunctional, multifaceted and laden with benefits, why wouldn’t every workplace, GP practice, hospital, staff room and meeting room, home have one?
As part of World Mental Health Day we are offering the opportunity to win an amazing Woosah Kit for your GP practice team!
To win, tag us in a creative social media post celebrating how amazing humans are on Twitter at @firstpractice and @woosahkit, or on LinkedIn using the hashtags #Woosahkit and #FPMwellbeing.
The most inspiring and creative posts will be picked as the winners...