Working in a fast-paced environment, we sometimes forget to talk about our mental health. Having a week focused on mental health meant that more conversations were encouraged within our team. With this year’s theme being nature, we asked our team to share any tips and tricks they have for improving their wellbeing. We also asked them to share any pictures of nature that made them feel at peace. See some of the responses bellow:
'Practicing mindfulness has always been a challenge. I was disillusioned thinking it meant having a clear, blank mind. I started going for walks and found that it allowed me to focus on just one thought at a time, helping me feel in control of my wandering mind!' - Jamie
‘As the theme is nature, two images, first of a squirrel, in its own environment and of Vinnie, secure in his. These images, along with many others, remind me of the good things happening in the world and transport me back to the time and place they were taken.’ - Peter
‘Ultimate peace is finding your happy place’. -For Kimberley that’s Mosquito Bay, New Zealand.
'In many ways I need to create a gap between the stresses and strains of life, be it work or home, through cycling, I and the other members of Propel CC can remain socially distant and still spend time in the company of friends, and enjoy some amazing scenery that the midlands provides. Whether it is fishing or another sport, simply seeing natures wonders, a sunset, or sunrise, the movement of clouds, the dappled patterns that trees make in their shadows, whatever takes you away from the daily grind, clears your head and makes you breathe easily.' - Ian
'For me, sight seeing, getting some fresh air and watching the world go by is what brings me the most peace.' - Janet
‘I’m happiest when around blue water! The sound of running water brings me a sense of calm I can’t experience anywhere else’. - Steph
What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows:
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.