Last month was Stress Awareness Month and this month follows with Mental Health Awareness Week (9th - 15th May 2022). 
 
Did you know that loneliness has a huge impact on our physical and mental health? This Mental Health Awareness Week we want to tackle the epidemic of loneliness. 
What is wellbeing? The government defines wellbeing as ‘a positive physical, social and mental state’. 
 
Being an apprentice can be tough, when there’s a lot to juggle and lots of new experiences, so it’s important we focus on wellbeing. Work and everything around it can feel like added pressure if you are struggling. 
 
There are lots of different things we can try to do to feel less stressed, overwhelmed and down. Take a look at these top tips: 
 
Always ask questions – understand what is expected of you rather than making the assumption that everything is equally important (priorities) 
Be clear about what you need (to meet the expectations) 
Consider your emotions – how do you feel? What do you need? What’s your request? (make it clear – this will help both parties) 
Ask for a buddy or a mentor, just someone to talk to on a regular basis if you need it. Or chat to a colleague 
Be active – take a walk or screen break 
Have a cuppa! 
Avoid unhealthy habits 
Look at your time management – work smarter not harder 
Be positive – what CAN you do? 
Live in the moment – try not to focus too much on the past or future – consider Mindfulness 
 
“Mindfulness is a technique you can learn which involves noticing what's happening in the present moment, without judgement. You might take notice and be aware of your mind, body or surroundings. The technique has roots in Buddhism and meditation, but you don't have to be spiritual, or have any particular beliefs.” 
 
Source and further information on Mindfulneess at Mind 
 
You’re not alone - Find out more: 
 
 
Watch a video on this year’s theme of loneliness 
 
Find more sources of support related to mental health, addiction, eating disorders, abuse and many other issues. 
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