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Mental Health Awareness Week

Although we know that developing your own business can be exciting, freeing, and super fun, it can also be scary and hard to switch off – especially when you’re feeling anxious about deadlines or passionate about new ideas. But this 24/7 attitude can easily lead to burn out – if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or stressed, you’re not alone! 

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, so we’ve put together some tips on how to look after your mental health alongside managing or setting up your own business. And remember we’re only ever a phone call away. 

What is mental health? 

Mental health is your emotional well-being. It can affect how you think, feel, and act, and how you respond to stress, people, and decisions. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Having good mental health doesn’t mean being happy 100% of the time! Everyone experiences sadness, grief, guilt, stress, and anger. The main difference is how we deal with these emotions. Below are some tips for managing stress, low moods, and self-esteem. 

Remember: this is a list of advice, not demands! Things that work well for other people may not work for you, and you definitely don’t have to implement all of these at once.  

Self-care tips: 

 

Your physical health and mental health are closely linked. Look after yourself and your body with these tips:  

 

If you’re in the position to consider therapy, then talking or arts therapies can be incredibly beneficial to working through any issues and establishing some helpful coping mechanisms. Therapists are professionals, and will not judge you. Another good option is peer support, such as support groups and online communities.  

If you need help in the short term, consider contacting one of the helplines below: 

If you want someone to talk to: Samaritans – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can call 116 123 (free from any phone), or email jo@samaritans.org 

If you’re feeling suicidal: you can call the National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK on 0800 689 5652 (open 24/7). 

If you’d prefer not to speak on the phone: text the word ‘SHOUT’ to 85258 to have a text conversation with a Shout volunteer. Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) offer a webchat service.  

If you’re under 25: The Mix is specifically aimed at younger people. Call 0808 808 4994 (3pm–midnight every day) or visit their website for other options. 

If you’re LGBT+: all Switchboard phone operators identify as LGBT+. Call Switchboard on 0300 330 0630 (10am–10pm every day), email chris@switchboard.lgbt or use their webchat service.