So Long 2021!

What a year.

We know it has been a mixed bag for many businesses. From furloughing staff to experiencing rapid growth.

Breathing Space welcomed onboard 28 new clients, we expanded our team, welcoming Annalie Ellis (plus her office dogs Teddy & Maise!) and Sharon Mitchell-Miller, plus 2 fabulous Kickstarters Rachel Fletcher and Alex Seymour-Johnston.

The team chose a new local charity TCD to support ( https://www.tcd-charity.co.uk) , and have raised over £3000 in our inaugural Golf Day.  Annalie is already planning the 2022 competition!

The Breathing Space HR team would like to wish all our clients and contacts a very happy and healthy festive season and look forward to catching up in 2022.

Here’s some top tips from the charity Mind to manage your mental health in the lead up to Christmas.

Wrapping up at work

  • Concentrate on tasks that are high priority and make a list of tasks that can wait until after the holidays. This will help you to leave work at work and truly switch off.
  • Make sure you take breaks away from your desk or workstation especially if your workplace gets busier during the lead up to Christmas.
  • Focus on the positives. Reflect on your successes and acknowledge your accomplishments throughout the past year.
  • Think about what you might want to change in the new year. For example, if you’ve not been taking a proper lunch break why not put a recurring appointment in your calendar in 2022 to keep that time free?

During the holidays

  • Give yourself time to switch off, unwind and relax.
  • If your work emails are linked to your phone, consider switching off notifications.
  • Try to stick to your usual routine, including bedtimes.
  • Stay active with some regular exercise.
  • If you’re working over the festive period, work out your priorities and plan in advance to lessen the load over these days. If you work in retail, could you rotate high pressure roles to spread the load across the team, e.g. switching between the sales desk, restocking and sales floor?

For further advice and support from Mind to help navigate the Christmas period  Click here.  https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/christmas-and-mental-health/christmas-and-mental-health/