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Mental Health Awareness Week: Contractor Advice | PayStream

Alex Bentley

Alex Bentley | Marketing Assistant

Wednesday 10th May, 2023

Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event that takes place in May, with this year's theme focusing on "Anxiety". The goal is to raise awareness of mental health issues and promote good mental health practices. As a contractor, this is an opportunity for you to take time to reduce the amount of anxiety and stress in your life in order to further improve your happiness and quality of work.

Here are some tips for contractors in the UK in order to help boost your morale during Mental Health Awareness Week and beyond:

Take a break from work and spend time in nature

Working too much can take a toll on your mental health. Take some time to disconnect from your contracts and spend time in nature. Go for a walk, hike, or spend time in a park or garden. It will help to ease your mind and help you to better reflect upon your day.

Connect with others

If you live or work alone, it may lead to feelings of loneliness and depression. Connect with other members of your community, either online or in person. Join a local group or attend a networking event.

Prioritise self-care

It can be easy to neglect self-care. Make sure you are taking care of your physical and emotional needs. This includes getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and engaging in activities that bring you joy.

Take breaks and practice mindfulness.

Taking breaks throughout the day can help you recharge and maintain focus. Additionally, practicing mindfulness can help reduce stress and anxiety. Try incorporating mindfulness practices into your daily routine, such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or yoga.

Seek professional help if needed.

If you are struggling with mental health issues, don't hesitate to seek professional help. There are many resources available to contractors in the UK, including therapy, counselling, and support groups. PayStream are proud to have raised funds for both MIND and The Mental Health Foundation on numerous occasions throughout the years. We'd highly recommend contacting them should you need further advice on the matter.

In conclusion, Mental Health Awareness Week is an important time for contractors in the UK to focus on their mental health. By taking care of yours, you can improve your overall well-being and set yourself up for long-term success. Remember, it's okay to take a break and prioritise your mental health. Your business will thank you for it.

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