Working Together to Maintain Positive Mental Health
One of the huge benefits of working at a company like Tonic Health & Wellbeing Experts, is that we have the privilege (and vision) to work with individuals who share the same passion as we do. This means our guidance and interventions are supported by a team of specialists and experts across all pillars of wellbeing.
Today our focus is Positive Mental Health. We know how important it is to work towards maintaining a positive mental health at all times but during the Coronavirus pandemic, this focus needs to be heightened. That’s why we are delighted to share with you some top tips from our Mental Health Trainer Msc, Elaine Woodward.
We can help…
Because of Coronavirus, there are many unknowns. You may be feeling more worried or unsettled by what’s going on in the world. It might feel like things are changing and there is a lot that is outside of our control. It’s natural that this uncertainty and change will affect people’s mood and mental wellbeing.
Whilst we are physically isolated, it’s more important than ever for us to feel socially connected, so try and reach out to people to talk, and try to be there to listen to others. At Tonic we’re committed to helping those who are struggling and can provide you with support and advice, whether that is via video messaging, over the phone, text messages, our website or through our brand new Tonic and Me mobile App.
Coping With Stress During These Challenging Times
Here’s our top tips to coping with stress during the Coronavirus pandemic:
- It is normal to feel sad, stressed and confused, scared or angry during a crisis. Talking to people you can trust can help. Communicate with friends and family.
- Limit worry and agitation by lessening the time you and your family spend watching or listening to media coverage that you perceive as upsetting.
- Get facts. Gather information that will help you accurately determine your risk so that you can take reasonable precautions. Find a credible source you can trust such as WHO website or, a local or state public health agency.
- Whilst isolating really prioritise maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Include a well balanced diet & plenty of water; sufficient sleep and relaxation time; daily exercise and social contact with loved ones, colleagues and friends.
- Draw on skills you have used in the past that have helped you to manage previous life’s adversities and use those skills to help you manage your emotions during the challenging time of this outbreak.
- Don’t use smoking, alcohol or other drugs to deal with your emotions. If you feel overwhelmed, talk to a Tonic Practitioner. We can create a plan of where to go and how to seek extra help for physical and mental health needs.
Becca Clayton, Founder & Managing Director of Tonic says:
From a lifestyle and activty point of view although most people associate the key benefits of pilates as flexibility and core strength (these are absolutely important benefits), it is brillinat for reducing stress. Especially during lockdown I am religiously doing my pilates sessions. One hour, twice per week.
Pilates can decrease stress hormones (like cortisol) and increase endorphins (your body’s feel good chemicals). This gives us natural boost! It certainly makes me feel calmer and more resilient. TRY IT!
Enquire about our FREE taster sessions when you subscribe to the Tonic and Me app.
How to Develop a ‘Worry Time’
Do you find yourself spending much of your day worrying about things? Is your mind regularly filled with worrying and anxious thoughts? If so, we can help. Why not try Elaines’s six step strategy:
1. Choose a ‘Worry Time’:
A regular period of 15-30 minutes each day for worrying, ideally at the same time and in the same place. We would advise not to do this prior to bed time though.
2. Notice when a worry pops into your mind:
If you notice that you have started worrying at any time outside of the planned worry time, tell yourself – ‘it’s ok to have this worry, but I’m going to put off thinking about it until my worry time. I will have time to think about it later. I will be able to deal with this problem afterwards.’
3. Note down your worries:
You might find it helpful to carry a notebook to quickly write down the worry thought, and then close the book until worry time. Don’t be concerned if the same thought pops back up again very quickly. It is very common to experience repeated worry thoughts. Just repeat the same process – accept the thought, write it down and then postpone for later.
4. Focus on your daily life:
After noting down your worry, close the book, focus your attention back onto the present moment and concentrate on whatever activity you are carrying out. This will help to let go of the worry until worry time arrives later on.
5. Review your worries during worry time:
When it comes to your planned worry time, you can look through your list of worries. Cross anything off the list that is no longer a worry for you. Allow yourself to worry for up to 30 minutes. Try to also focus on some problem-solving ideas by asking yourself – is there anything I can do to help this situation?
6. Move on to another activity:
Don’t spend any longer than planned during worry time. Afterwards, try to move quickly onto another activity that is likely to take your mind away from your worries and lift your mood, such as exercise, listening to music or calling a friend.
Here’s a simple summary…
Positive Mental Health with the Tonic Team
If you are interested in more bespoke support, we offer:
- Group online Pilates classes to boost mental health.
- 1-2-1 sessions – 5 steps to mental wellbeing.
- 45 min LIVE refresher session for the Mental Health First Aiders (covering ALGEE action plan & active listening)
Why not download our ‘Maintaining a Positive Mental Health’ Poster and share with your employees, friends & family. REMEMBER, we are all in this together.
To find out more about Tonic and the work we do with employees and employers, visit our website. Or, download our brand new Tonic and Me mobile app: