Struggling with your mental health should never be treated any differently from a physical ailment. We all have our own weight that we carry and it’s vital in the workplace to have a supportive team that will help pick you up when life gets too heavy.
At LLPR, we always pride ourselves on maintaining that balance between working hard being PR superstars and looking out for each other and our mental health.
We have many initiatives in place and ways to keep us feeling positive, such as:
- Encouraging mindfulness and meditation activities with the team
- Apps such as Headspace and Calm for team members
- Yoga and fitness sessions, free paddleboards for use
- Getting out in the fresh air during the working day to enjoy the fresh air and benefits of our seaside location
The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is Nature, so we asked the team about their favourite things about nature to keep our mental wellbeing ticking over.
“It’s so vital and nurturing for the soul to get outside and embrace all the beautiful scenery we have around us – we are so lucky to be based in such a beautiful area. I have always found a huge amount of comfort in nature, and I have no shame in being a literal tree hugger! We’re all human and have our own high and low moments; being in nature and welcoming the fresh air is a simple solution for our mental wellbeing.” – Liz Willingham, Managing Director
“My favourite thing to do if I’m feeling stressed is to get some fresh air and take my dog for a walk. It never feels like a chore, especially in places like Hengistbury Head. I can turn my phone off and take my time to enjoy that quality time!” – Samantha Pape, PR & Communications Apprentice
“It’s great when the weather gets warmer and I am able to get out on the water, whether that’s on the coast or in the countryside, so I can grab my paddle and board and venture down the river or over calm seas. Getting out on my paddleboard is a great way to keep fit while taking in fantastic scenery along the way.” – Carol Middleton, Account Manager
“ We’re all so lucky to have the most incredible scenery on our doorstep and there’s nothing better than getting out there, embracing the fresh air and taking in the natural beauty all around us. I love exploring new places, whether it’s a few minutes down the road or a totally different continent.” – Venita Cutler, Senior Account Executive
“I enjoy the simple things in life, cracking open a cider and watching the natural world go by on a sunny day is just heavenly. I moved to Dorset from London last year and have spent every moment I can getting out to explore the beautiful countryside. Every day I’m reminded of why I left urban life to come here – It’s safe to say I found my happy place!” – Lucy Mercer, Account Manager
“What the past year has taught us is to take time to appreciate how beautiful nature is and nurture your mental health by enjoying some of the beautiful walks that are on your doorstep. There is something about the vibrant colours and smells of spring’s blooms that is instantly calming and rejuvenating.” – Shona Race, Account Manager
“When I push myself to get out in the open and fill my lungs with fresh air, I always feel better for it. Whether it be a quick walk at lunch time or exploring somewhere in my free time, getting active does help to clear my head. Whatever the weather, I like to notice the colours, sounds and smells around me, engaging yet relaxing my overactive mind!” – Leila Willingham, Business & Account Manager