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Mental Health Awareness Week 2024: Moving more for our mental health

Walking

This year’s theme for Mental Health Awareness Week (running from 13th May – 19th May) is ‘movement’, encouraging everyone to dedicate more time to self-care, help enhance levels of wellbeing and add more movement into their daily routines.

At JTL, we prioritise the wellbeing of our team, apprentices and the employers that we work closely with. Our video channel, ‘Tune Up’, which forms part of our Toolbox platform, provides learners with a number of free resources, including a series of videos advising on how to maintain your mental health and wellbeing.

In addition to this, JTL has supported the Electrical Industries Charity (EIC) in developing its free, online learning platform, ‘Mental Health for All; Training for mental health well-being’. The platform provides a wide range of mental health training courses, along with live webinars and tools that all learners and employers are able to access to help manage stress and anxiety levels.

In line with the theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, “moving more for our mental health”, we wanted to show our support and share some of Mental Health Foundation’s tips on how you can move more:

Creating moments for movement

The idea of putting time aside for movement can seem quite difficult, particularly if you have a busy day-to-day schedule, so it’s important to make the most of the quieter moments for a stretch and a quick walk when you can.

Short bursts of movement throughout the day, such as standing up straight and doing some stretches or walking, can help improve circulation and reduce aches and pains as well as benefitting your mental health. Getting some steps in ahead of the start of work is also a great way to begin the day.

Even a short burst of 10 minutes’ brisk walking can boost our mood and increase our mental alertness and energy.

Make it fun

Use the opportunity of increasing your movement as an excuse for socialising and adding some more fun into your day, particularly if you work independently.

For those working with a team, weave movements throughout your working day by going on a walk with a colleague during your lunch break for example. Fitness challenges or group sessions can also make movement more fun.

‘Comparison is the thief of joy’

Remember that everyone will have their own movement goals and it is not a competition of who is able to cover the most distance or time, rather for you to enhance your wellbeing. At JTL, we understand that everyone is different, and individuals need to progress at their own pace, so the same applies when it comes to mental health.

Get out in nature

As we approach the warmer months, adding more movement to your routine gives the perfect excuse to be out and about in nature, helping to boost vitamin D levels and your overall mood. Research suggests that doing movement in an outdoor ‘green’ environment has greater positive effects on our wellbeing compared to doing activity indoors.

You might find that there’s a local walking or running group you are able to join, or perhaps you prefer a moment to go for a stroll and listen to a podcast. We know that many trade roles include working indoors, so use the increase in movement as an excuse to add something new to your routine.

Working in the electrical and plumbing & heating trades can be physically demanding. However, it’s important to still make time for self-care throughout the day in whatever way works for you. By incorporating some of these tips into your routine, you can improve both your mental and physical health through small and achievable changes.

JTL is committed to supporting the well-being of its apprentices, team members, and employers. We have an ‘open-door’ policy and actively encourage any of our learners who have concerns around their mental health to come and talk to someone.

For more mental health resources and support, please visit mentalhealth.org.uk.

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