Wholesaler Guide Managing mental health

For decades there has been a certain stigma around mental health particularly amongst men. But with suicide being the biggest killer of males under the age of 42, it’s about time things started to change - especially in male-dominated industries. To raise awareness around the topic following World Mental Health Day, electrical wholesaler ERFhas teamed up with environmental psychologist and wellbeing consultant Lee Chambers. Together they have produced a list of six great ways you can help to tackle your mental health issues.

Remain active Exercising is a great way of tackling mental health issues and studies have found it can treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as antidepressant medication. Taking part in physical activity releases endorphins - powerful chemicals in your brain that energize your spirits and make you feel good. Although you may not feel like exercising after a hard day at work, simply going for a walk or jogging around your local park can have a huge impact on your wellbeing. For electricians that spend a lot of time indoors, getting out into nature and sunlight is vital, especially in the winter months.

Maintain a healthy diet

Although having a job which means you’re always on the go can make relying on sugary snacks to fuel you very tempting, eating healthily is critical. Preparing lunches and evening meals at the weekend is a great way to make sure you do this. Taking a banana or nuts as additional snacks will also help to fuel you for longer.

Learn a new skill

While it might sound counterintuitive if you’re struggling to find free time, putting aside a couple of hours a week to learn a new skill can have a huge impact on your mental health. From studying a new language to learning to play an instrument, there are so many options out there. The great thing about this is it gives you something completely different to focus on and allows you to set goals you hope to achieve.

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Being able to tick these targets off will help to boost your confidence and improve your self- esteem.

Stay in touch with friends and family One of the main factors contributing to poor mental health among workers in the electrical industry is the number of people who work alone. Due to busy work commitments, many people can end up feeling cut off and isolated.

time, there are a number of specialists you can speak to. These include: Samaritans on 116 123 for 24-hour confidential, non judgemental emotional support

Your local GP and ask for an emergency appointment

You can also call 111 out of hours who will help you find the support and help you need

Take part in an activity you’re good at From rock climbing to 5-

a-side football we all have differing ways we like to escape from work. Although there are times when we have to put in extra hours, we must also remember to look after ourselves and find the time to get involved in the activities we love and find joy in. Team sports are

particularly good as they allow you to interact with teammates and enjoy each other’s company. Having said this, your main focus

As a result, it is important you stay in regular contact with friends and family. Simply chatting to people is a great way to improve your wellbeing. You also shouldn’t be afraid to discuss any issues you have, and opening up to those closest to you can help to take a weight of pressure off of your shoulders.

Seek help from a specialist You should not feel embarrassed about

reaching out to others because it takes a lot of courage to ask for help. If you’re feeling particularly down or have felt low for a period of

should be on finding an activity which puts a smile on your face and gives you a sense of accomplishment when you achieve a particular goal. For example, if you’re into golf, why not set yourself a target of not three-putting throughout a round of 18 holes. Whether it’s reaching out to those closest

to you or a charity like Samaritans, finding support is easier than it ever has been and should always be encouraged. While recognising you’re struggling with mental health issues may feel like admitting defeat, it is actually the first step towards recovery.

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