When you’re focused on excelling in your career, it’s easy to forget about your own mental health and wellbeing.
If you are working in the aged care or child care industries, chances are you are passionate about caring for others. You need to remember that in order to care for others well, you must care for yourself first. By ensuring that your mental health is in check, you can put your best foot forward to build your dream career!
Here are our top 5 strategies to improve your mental health
- Take a break
Working in the aged care and child care industries can be challenging at times. Sometimes a short break is all that you need to feel mentally (and physically) recharged. Step out of your workplace for a 15-minute walk or plan a day off and give yourself a long weekend if you need it.
Meditation is a great tool for relaxation. You can meditate at any time and in any place. Taking a couple of minutes out of your busy day to focus on your breathing can do wonders for your mental health. It can provide you with a refreshed perspective, which may be exactly what you need!
Research has proven that exercise is extremely beneficial to your mental health. It has both short term and long term benefits to your physical and mental wellbeing. If you’re feeling stressed out, then a quick exercise session will lead to a release of endorphins, providing instant, natural stress relief.
- Get support from family and friends
If you begin to feel stressed, down or anxious, then chatting with a friend can be the best medicine. You should try to set aside time to catch up with family and friends regularly. Give them a call on your lunch break or catch up for brunch on the weekend.
- Keep learning
Sometimes you get caught in a routine and after some time, you may catch yourself stuck in a rut. Keeping an active and curious mind can do wonders for your mental health. Exposing yourself to new information and new ideas helps you to develop as a person and can inspire you to better yourself. Selmar has many training options that can reinvigorate your passion for your industry. Explore them here or ask us about our customised workplace training.