It’s Mental Health Awareness Week – an annual campaign designed to break the stigma around mental health.
Everyone here at Catalyst supports the national drive that gets people talking and promotes positive steps to manage mental health and anxiety.
We are proud of our colleagues, our teams. They matter to us and we do all that we can to ensure that they are thriving mentally and physically – during Mental Health Awareness Week and throughout their career with us.
Hosting regular mindfulness sessions is just one of the ways we support the mental health and wellbeing of our colleagues.
So, what exactly is mindfulness, and how might it help reduce signs of burnout and enhance wellbeing in the workplace? Jodie Hornby, a mindfulness coach, explains the power and benefits of mindfulness-based meditation.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a type of meditation that involves relaxing the body and mind to help reduce stress, increase empathy, increase focus, and more.
It can be practised through different forms such as mindful breathing, taking in your surroundings through mindful walking, visual meditations as well as guided meditations.
How did you begin on your journey to teaching mindfulness?
I went through a redundancy in 2015 and I took this time to take a step back and look into a different interest of mine, which is mental health. I had an amazing opportunity to shadow different therapists and research different meditations and realised that the one for me is mindfulness.
I started to practise it on a daily basis and a lot of friends and family took an interest. This led me to look into learning how to become a mindfulness coach, and it went from there.
How can you practice mindfulness at work?
Mindfulness doesn’t have to be a long meditation session, it can literally be a one-minute breath. So, my recommendation is do it! Take a minute or five and breathe, close your eyes and just try to listen to your breath. Or download a meditation app like Headspace to see what works for you.
How do you think attitudes towards mental health have changed over recent years?
Honestly, I think we have come along way but there is still so much more that needs to be talked about, understood and heard.
There are still so many people who suffer in silence because of shame and the stigma that still surrounds a lot of mental health.
I hope that we continue to encourage people to keep sharing their stories and we truly listen and learn and that one day mental health will truly be seen in the same light as physical health.