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Coming together for Mental Health Awareness Week

Alannah Carr explains how we’re staying connected during lockdown.

Kindness, both to others but also to ourselves was the theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week. In these uncertain times, looking after our mental health is absolutely critical and kindness can be the thing we need to turn a ‘bad day’ into a ‘good’ one.

I’ve always been a strong advocate for mental health both personally and in my role at Pegasus. It’s a real passion point for me since it affects us all.

The lockdown has brought many challenges, not to mention isolation, putting greater pressure on our mental health. Looking after children while also trying to work from home can feel like a constant juggling act. And, working in our homes every day can make it difficult to switch off,    leading us into a hamster wheel of over-working ourselves. To help find ways to tackle such issues and ease the pressure, we invited Rich Goddard, a certified life coach, to take us through an interactive workshop on ‘Lessons in Lockdown’. He outlined five ways to help us gain back control, including finding an effective routine, knowing when to switch off from technology and tips on how to deal with a bad day.

We also welcomed motivational speaker Jake Tyler to share his incredible story of self-discovery during a 3,000 mile trek across the UK. The feedback we have received from across the business has been amazing, signalling that these tools are genuinely supporting our colleagues through these challenging times.

We know our physical health is strongly connected to our mental health but finding the motivation to exercise on top of everything else can be hard. Yoga provides a contemplative form of exercise, which often goes hand-in-hand with mindfulness.

That’s why we gently started MHAW with two great yoga and mindfulness sessions. It was inspiring to join a yoga class that was actually taught by one of our AHC employees. We encouraged colleagues to attend these sessions to give us all the time to simply switch off and focus on our breathing, helping us to shut down from work from home in the evening and stopping us from switching on first thing in the morning.

At Pegasus, we are truly committed to a strong, supportive and kind culture that is so important while we’re all working apart. So please look after yourself and keep sprinkling that kindness!