Prioritise Yourself this Mental Health Awareness Week

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, 13 – 19 May!

Mental Health Awareness Week is an important time to reflect on how our mental wellbeing impacts our daily lives. Here at Careers Worcestershire, we’re not just about CVs and job interviews; We’re also passionate about supporting your personal growth and wellbeing.

Did you know that one in four adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem each year (NHS England, 2020)? Poor mental health can affect anyone at any time, and it’s so important to seek help if you’re struggling!

So, this Mental Health Awareness Week, why not take some time to focus on your mental wellbeing?
Here are just a few ways you can focus on your mental health:
  1. Practice mindfulness. Living in the present is essential, whether it’s making time to sit down and relax or getting outside. For tips and tricks on mindfulness and meditation, click here to visit Mind.
  2. Build a positive support system and surround yourself with people you trust.
  3. Stay active doing what you enjoy.
  4. Get outside. With summer coming up and the countryside on our doorstep, get out in the sunshine – even if it’s just sitting in your garden!
  5. Seek support for advice and guidance if you have any mental health worries.

For one-to-one guidance on boosting your mental wellbeing, set up a session with Rhys, our amazing Wellbeing Coach. He’s here to provide support and effective strategies designed to help you with your mental health and wellbeing. Click here to book a wellbeing appointment.

Why not join one of our upcoming wellbeing workshops in the Hub?
Check out these great mental health resources…

Onside Advocacy offers a range of support and services to people across Worcestershire. Through its new community hubs, Onside provides mental health support and coping strategies for anyone aged 11-25. Starting this May, Onside are joining us throughout the week for drop-ins: on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12 pm to 7 pm and on Fridays between 10 am and 5 pm. Visit Onside Advocacy’s website here.

Mind is a charity that supports mental health and wellbeing. Their website has many valuable tools to support all kinds of needs, plus there are real-life stories you can read that can give hope to anyone struggling. They also have an extensive collection of support lines available in an emergency. Visit Mind online here and search “what support is out there”.

Kooth is an online mental wellbeing community that supports you through anything, big or small. Click here to visit Kooth’s website.

Qwell is another online community offering various anonymous support options to meet your needs. Explore Qwell’s online wellbeing support here!

Brook is a national online wellbeing and sexual health support network for young people. Visit Brook online here.

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World Creativity and Innovation Day

Getting creative is an important part of our lives and it’s good for our spirit and for our development. Study shows that when we participate in creative activities we learn to think outside the box, adapt to change and build relationships easier. It can also serve as a coping mechanism for mental health. Being creative can help reduce stress and anxiety while helping us to manage our emotions.

Ways you can get creative are:

  • Learning how to knit or crochet.
  • Writing a poem or a song
  • Drawing
  • Colouring or painting
  • Clay modelling
  • Scrapbooking or journalling
  • Organise flowers or pot some plants

Becoming more creative in your day-to-day life might encourage you to become more curious and outgoing, which could lead to us becoming more sociable.

Here at the Careers Hub we offer Mindful Colouring, this is a great way to enjoy some time to be fully present and surround yourself with people who are like-minded. Choose from a range of colouring patterns, or just suggest to us a specific theme/movie or character that you’d like to colour in.

While the calming meditation music plays softly in the background, you can chill, have a chat with other people here, so join us in the Oasis room, located towards the back of The Hive (ask a member of staff if you get lost!) Dates will go live in May, so keep an eye out on our Facebook page and our website.

International Day of Happiness

On the 20 March, we have a whole day dedicated to happiness! And why shouldn’t we? It’s so important that we encourage and celebrate happiness, especially with all the doom and gloom around us at times.

So, why do we celebrate this internationally? We celebrate this as a reminder of the significance of happiness in our lives and since 2012 the United Nations has recognised the importance of happiness and well-being.

Happiness should be recognised as a fundamental human right and everyone can make a conscious effort to increase positivity in our lives through various activities. This can lead to a better quality of life!

Positive psychology

Having a brighter outlook on life can be achieved by changing your mindset, making better life choices, and having personal goals. Understanding yourself can help with controlling emotions and preventing us from going on a downward spiral the minute something goes wrong in our lives.

Having resilience can get us through hard times and small inconveniences as well as huge negative life events.

Mindfulness and meditation

To be mindful is to be present and aware of what is happening around us. You can practice mindfulness which helps us to connect with the present, more easily and we can do this with various things.

One of my favourite ways to practice mindfulness is by participating in some yoga. I do this at home, on my own, in complete silence. This allows me to connect with my body and my breathing while getting my blood to flow around my whole body.

Meditation is a practice that helps us focus and clear our minds of all our racing thoughts and endless worries, this has been shown to reduce anxiety and stress by relaxing us. Use calming ‘meditation music’ or free apps such as ‘headspace’ or ‘let’s meditate’

Gratitude journals

Journaling a great way to get your feelings out instead of bottling them up, it’s a way you can keep track of daily challenges and even positive events to be grateful for.

Counting your blessings each morning by writing in a gratitude journal will give you a more positive start to the day. Set a time each day, even twice per day if you like.

You can take ten minutes out of your day just to create small goals or reflect on what has happened throughout your day.

Selfcare

Looking after yourself is an important part of your daily routine, sometimes general tasks such as getting out of bed and having a shower can feel like massive, strenuous tasks especially when we aren’t feeling good.

It’s good to stick to a consistent routine of getting up, having a drink or breakfast, and having a wash. Extra self-care could include taking yourself on a shopping trip, having a pamper night, or watching your favourite series, one episode after another without beating yourself up about it.

Take care of yourself just as you would take care of someone else.

Relationships and connection

The types of connections and partnerships we have really impact our happiness. If you are in a toxic friendship, consider spending less time with this person or cutting contact completely, your mental health should not suffer as an impact of someone else being in your life. Your environment and surroundings are vital for your happiness, if you’re surrounded by creativity, laughter, positivity, and lightheartedness, you have a much better chance of feeling like this yourself.

OUR HAPPY HUB!

Here at the Careers Hub, we have a skilled well-being coach named Rhys who can offer six 1:1 appointments as well as unlimited group sessions for health and well-being. Some of these are round-the-table presentations where he covers subjects such as sleep, and confidence plus other sessions can be more interactive such as group walks, mindful meditation, and colouring sessions which are really popular!

The theme this season is ‘Planting Seeds of Well-being’ and this workshop is bookable via our Careers Worcestershire website and is taking place at 2pm on 22nd March.

BOOK HERE: Book Your Class with Careers Worcestershire – Worcester – worcestershire (setmore.com)

New Year, New You!

Welcome to 2024!

I hope you’re feeling refreshed and ready for a successful year?

There can be a lot of pressure at this time of year to set goals and New Years resolutions which can be hard to stick to, so my best advice would be to create realistic, manageable goals which don’t feel like a huge chore!

Here at Careers Worcs, we are more than just a careers advice service. While we do offer great services to help 16-24 year olds get on track for a job , training or further education, we also have other services to offer- such as wellbeing support or housing support.


Hub Club – Monthly, starting Thursday 11/1/24 drop in any time between 10am to 3pm 
Click here to book!

Come down to us at Careers Worcestershire and have a chat, grab a coffee and a cake, and meet like-minded people. A chance to make new friends, take part in fun games and activities. We are all in this together and building a sense of community is really important for us! If you have any suggestions of activities you’d like to see please let us know and we can tailor this experience to you.


Job Club – Support with job search every Wednesday 10am to 12pm 
 Click here to book!

As always, our weekly job club will be running on Wednesdays. This gives you the opportunity to come along and use the services here at the Hive to log into the computers here to access job searching websites, gain advice from our careers advisors who can help support you with your applications if needed.

Some of the ways we can help you this year include our Health and Wellbeing sessions… These can either be 1-1 or group sessions, and we’ve introduced some great new group sessions which include;


Monday 08/01/24- New Year, New You workshop at 2 to 3pm – Click here to book!

Focusing on setting goals for the new year that can help with mental, physical, and emotional well-being. We’ll discuss stress management, mindful practices, and nutrition, incorporating the principles of a plant-based lifestyle. We’ll also have some great activities to get involved with, such as group discussions, goal-setting exercises, and practical plant-based cooking.


Friday 12/1/24- Wellbeing
Walk at 1 to 2pm- Click here to book!

The walk will promote a sense of community and support, enjoy the benefits of physical activity, fresh air, and the company of like-minded individuals. The group setting provides opportunities for conversation, connection, and the shared pursuit of improved mental and physical wellbeing. It’s a chance to collectively unwind, recharge, and strengthen social bonds while taking positive steps towards a healthier lifestyle.

Friday 19/1/24- Mindful Colouring at 2 to 3pm- Click here to book!

This session invites young adults to unwind and focus on the present moment through the simple yet meditative act of colouring. We will embrace the therapeutic benefits of mindfulness as we immerse ourselves in intricate patterns and designs. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or a first-time colourer, this session will offer a serene space to decompress, connect with your inner self, and cultivate a sense of calm. The session will offer an hour of mindful colouring to foster relaxation, stress reduction, and creative expression.

Friday 26/1/24- Guided Group Meditation at 2 to 3pm- Click here to book!

This aims to be a serene and collective experience focused on promoting relaxation, mindfulness, and inner calm. The attendees will gather in a quiet and comfortable space. The shared meditation experience will foster a supportive and positive atmosphere, enhancing overall well-being and leaving the young people with a renewed sense of clarity and tranquillity.

Financial Wellbeing Drop-In session – Wednesday 24/1/24 11am to 12.30pm Click here to book!

Zoe from The Basement Project (housing support) will be here to support you with your finances. Christmas is a very expensive time for everyone, with some budgeting advice and an offer for foodbank vouchers and free data on a sim card, you let us know what you need, and we can try our best to help.

The Basement Project are a service which support people facing homelessness and can offer advice and support regarding housing, an extra service they are running this year is support for money worries.

 

Speak soon 🙂
– Aimee