It’s Mental Health Awareness Week 2023, and this year’s theme is ‘Anxiety.’
Anxious thoughts are experienced by everyone, but they can often escalate and develop into a mental health problem. This week, our ED&I team created a space for open conversations on mental health, focusing specifically on anxiety and how to best manage it.
We spoke with Kathryn Cusick, our Operational Support Manager and ED&I Ambassador, to discuss this topic. Kathryn shares how she prioritises her mental health, finding a balance to reduce anxiety.
Have you experienced moments of anxiety, and how have you coped with them?
Like many individuals, I occasionally face bouts of anxiety. However, I make a conscious effort to uplift myself by engaging in activities that are both relaxing and mentally diverting. Personally, I find playing soothing music in the background helps me unwind and enhance my focus.
How do you prioritise your mental health?
Personally, I attach great importance to my mental well-being and take specific steps to rejuvenate and nurture myself. When I am not spending time with my little boy, I engage in activities like running and going to the gym. I also make it a point to dedicate quality time to spend with my loved ones, which brings me joy and fulfilment, taking my mind off any worries.
Do you have a toolkit for managing anxiety or stress?
Personally, I’ve found that incorporating breathing exercises into my routine has been incredibly helpful. I utilise a breathing app on my watch to assist me in managing stress when needed. Additionally, taking leisurely walks in my garden and appreciating the vibrant blooms during the summer provides me with a sense of relief from stress.
I understand that individuals have different ways of coping with these emotions, but it’s crucial for those who are struggling to remember that they are not alone in their journey.