Hello Spring

Taking Care of your Mental Health this Spring

1 Mar
by Suzie Business Owner & Senior HRBP

Better weather means that there are more chances to explore the great outdoors.

This has been proven to improve both mental and physical health and can reduce feelings of stress.​

Why not use this season as an opportunity to connect with others.

This could be a personal challenge to meeting someone new or reconnecting with an old acquaintance.

Try messaging someone you’d like to catch up with or check on a neighbour you haven’t spoken to recently.

Like all changes, the experience of starting a new season and new year can be challenging.

Don’t forget to focus on your needs in the moment and avoid checking the news if current events are causing you distress.

The clocks ‘Spring forward’ on March 26th.  Hurrah!  However, changing daylight hours can make it difficult to get a full night’s sleep, which can have the knock-on effect of making us more likely to skip wellbeing activities and make unhealthy choices.

Avoid screens before bed and try to do activities you find relaxing, like practicing mindfullness.

Spring clean your smartphone and social media habits. You don’t have to give up entirely but you can

adjust your settings to reduce screen time and interruptions.

Now that the cold of winter and we hope the risk of snow has ended, some people will experience.

anxiety over the possibility of going into the office again, rather than working from home.

Make sure employees have the space to express any worries they have over this and allow flexibility where this is possible.

While looking out for the wellbeing of others in the workplace is important, you can’t do this

properly unless you prioritise your own wellbeing.  Make sure you look after yourself by staying

connected with those you care about and seeking further support if you’re struggling.

Seasonal events through winter bring added pressure to socialise.  So for some, Spring may bring relief that they have survived party season and there’s less pressure to be part of a crowded event.

If you know a colleague who doesn’t take a break at work, invite them for a walk, it may be the step

they need to make in order to prioritise their wellbeing.

16th – 22nd May is Learning at Work Week. Use this as an opportunity to develop your existing

employment skills or gain some new ones.

Don’t forget our personalised online learning platform DevelopME


Take advantage of the warmer weather to challenge yourself and try some new outdoor exercises.

This could be cycling, hiking, or running! Make sure you don’t push yourself to do more than you’re

able. Instead, try to find an activity you enjoy and incorporate it into your regular routine. It could be

a simple as taking a scenic route on your walk to the shops.


In emergencies, please call 999 or if you need urgent advice about a medical problem, please call 111.

Able Futures 0800 321 3137
Bereavement support 0800 731 0469
Family Lives 0808 800 2222
Eat Well
 Mental Health UK
MIND 0300 123 3393
Samaritans 116 123
SHOUT Text 85258
 Stepchange 0800 138 1111
Don’t forget you can access free Mental Health Awareness training support and Stress Management – A Line Managers Guide through our website portal How To HR (management section)


1st – 31st March 100 Miles in March for Mind
14th – 20th March Nutrition and Hydration Week
16th March Disabled Access Day
21st – 27th March Neurodiversity Celebration Week
1st April Walk to Work Day
1st – 30th April Stress Awareness Month
28th April World Day for Safety and Health at Work
1st – 31st May Maternal Mental Health Month
9th – 15th May Mental Health Awareness Week
16th – 22nd May Learning at Work Week
If you would like to discuss any of the information outlined in this email or any other HR issue, we are here to help with support and advice.  Please give one of the team a call on 0113 426 7735 or email and we will get back to you.
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