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Q&A Session with Angie Meldrum on her struggles with Mental Health and Anxiety

Brett Townsley recently trained Angie on Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health, it was during this training Brett discovered how much of a struggle Angie has faced with her own mental health. Angie kindly agreed to a Q&A with us to share her experiences and help remove the stigma around mental health. 

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m Angie, just a very everyday person. 

I live in a small village by the sea with my husband, two children and our crazy Staffy, Boomer. As you’d expect with two young boys, a daft dog and a husband who works offshore, I’m always kept busy. I have been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to stay at home with our kids for the past eight years however now they’re both at school I have been able to focus more time on deciding what the next chapter holds for me. 

You underwent quite an experience can you explain?

Back in 2014 I became unwell, on my wedding day of all days, I missed the majority of our reception but from what I hear it was a pretty good time.

I spent the next four days in hospital (not exactly a fairytale start to married life).

What followed over the next few years was a rollercoaster of events including the birth of our second son, numerous stays in hospital and being told that in order to get better I would need to undergo surgery. 

It was manageable to begin with but over time my health only deteriorated and life with two young children and a husband working away became tough.

As if all of this wasn’t enough to cope with I experienced what would become a life changing event. 

Due to my condition I was always on some kind of medication but one day, out of the blue I suffered an allergic reaction to an antibiotic, which I had taken without complication for years. I didn’t know it at the time but that was the moment that mentally broke me. 

For sometime I had only one goal, to reach my surgery date, believing that this would mark the end of physically and mentally draining time of my life. Unfortunately this wasn’t to be the case.

What impacts did this leave you with?

After finally undergoing surgery I initially had to physically heal. What I hadn’t considered was the impact all of this had had on my mental wellbeing.

I became completely withdrawn from normal day to day life. Then all of a sudden I didn’t feel comfortable leaving my house, I couldn’t be the mum I once was, even taking my son to school was absolutely terrifying.

Everything terrified me. Panic attacks became a regular occurrence and I lived in my own little bubble where I saw everything as a threat. 

Until that point in my life I had never experienced anxiety, I didn’t know what it was, however it very quickly took over every aspect of my life in ways you believe. 

How has this experience shaped your mental health?

Before becoming unwell I had never suffered with any mental health struggles and I genuinely didn’t think I ever would. How wrong was I? One thing I have learned is that everyone can be affected by mental health struggles and anxiety.

In 2017, six weeks after my surgery, I was diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder. The following couple of years I continued to struggle with severe anxiety despite counseling. This then led to a diagnosis of PTSD in 2019. Since then, with lots of time, patience and support I have learned to live with my anxiety and although it no longer completely controls my life, it has shaped it.

What has that experience taught you in terms of skills for mental health? 

My experience has taught me about compassion for myself and others and greater self awareness (of both my physical and mental health). 

Probably most importantly I learned to talk about my feelings, not only as a means of support to me but to help others understand the effect of mental health struggles. 

I now have a range of healthy coping skills to help me manage my anxiety, it is thanks to these that I can function in daily life.

To gain a greater understanding of Anxiety and PTSD I educated myself as much as possible and was inspired to pursue training in the FAA level 1 Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health.

Do you feel performance is affected by mental health issues? 

Yes, absolutely. From my own experience almost every aspect of my day to day life was affected. Before I experienced it first hand I wouldn’t have believed how much it could effect the smallest and easiest of tasks. 

Anxiety has a way of making you doubt yourself, what you’re capable of and prevents you from functioning as you once did. Whether that be the ability to concentrate, to sleep, or even to do things you’ve done umpteen times before-they can all easily become a struggle or even seem unmanageable.

The embarrassment and worry around this caused me to withdraw meaning that my performance as a mum, a wife and a friend was affected. 

You have begun building new skills in mental health, why? 

After my own experience I wanted to offer my support to people suffering with any Mental Health struggles.

At the beginning of the year I had started researching support groups local to me only to find out there weren’t any. I personally feel there is such a need for this, anyone going through a similar situation can relate to how you feel and you no longer feel you’re alone.

So I put the wheels in motion for opening a group only for things to be put on hold due to covid. 

In the meantime the need for mental health support was greater than ever so I created a social media page aimed at reducing the stigma around talking about mental health. I was overwhelmed by the response to my discussing my own daily anxiety hurdles and how this encouraged people to open up to me about their own issues.

I have recently qualified in FAA level 1 Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health.

I hope to complete the second part of this training soon as I would like to continue to support those who seek help. 

Talking about my own feelings, emotions and anxieties has been a huge benefit to me in my recovery and I want other to experience that benefit too. If telling my full story could help one person then I would tell it a million times over. 

To hear more on Angie’s story and anxiety blog follow this link https://www.instagram.com/p/B_QgEzxF3Cg/?igshid=at5go4ikvskp

 

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Steve Kirby sharing his story on the impacts of poor mental health

Q&A session between Sarah Townsley & Steve Kirby. 

You underwent a very traumatic experience can you explain a little further?

Physically I was very lucky. A few stitches in my head, hyper extended limbs and lots of bruising. It was my mental health that suffered massively after a hydro pressure test failed. Flash backs started that very same night. I would re-live the whole thing. The smell of water would again put me back there. My way to deal with it was to have a few beers to help me sleep.  This did not work and only made things worse.

How has this impacted your mental health?

I was the guy that didn’t believe depression was real. I used to think people used it as a excuse to stay off work but I was in a dark place, angry and agitated. I had no time for my kids or partner and would find my self crying and thinking it would be easier for them if I wasn’t here. My partner persuaded me to go see a doctor. I was told I was suffering with anxiety depression and PTSD. I was referred to a therapist who help me understand but when my quarter was up with the NHS I was told I had to take medication and try to put it behind me.

I was still lost in my mind and did not want medication.

What has the experience taught you in terms of skills for mental health?

I started studying the mind and human behaviour. Reading everything i could on anxiety depression and PTSD. Because of the experience I came across self hypnosis, cognitive behavioural therapy and Neuro linguistic programming. These skills helped me to see my accident from a different perspective. They helped me realise it was my thoughts that was causing me to feel the way I was feeling and I had full control of my thoughts.

You have begun building new skills in mental health why?  And how can you use these in the workplace?

I now use these skills to help people who are struggling with anxiety and depression,  confidence issues or addictions. I also visit sites and share my story. Helping to create a better understanding and awareness of wellbeing and mental health within the workplace.

Do you feel safety performance is affected by mental health issues?

I believe safety performance is definitely affected by mental health issues.  We had no training in hydro pressure testing. Looking back none of us wanted to lose our job. If I had of refused to do the work I would have been replaced with someone who was willing.  I have witnessed many guys over the years use machinery they have no training in or do a job they maybe should not be doing. But anxiety about losing your job puts pressures on people .

What kind of mental health prevention and support did you have within the organisation that you worked for during the accident?

My accident happened in 2011. I was absent from work for over six months and was offered no help with regard to mental health. I now totally understand mental health and the pressure we put on ourselves aswel as the pressures of home life and work.  I now use this to get companies talking. To put people first. To give people the opportunity to speak out. I believe more people are aware of mental health but as humans will struggle to reach out.  The more we can talk about the issues of mental health the more people will have a greater understanding.

OSI provide mental health solutions for the workplace, how do you feel this can benefit the workforce? 

The work Omniscient Safety does and the courses they offer to help with mental health and wellbeing in the workplace is essential. The training they offer can prevent companies putting people in situations like we found ourselves in.  Luckily I survived and the client did not have a fatality, but we was lucky. Many people are still killed at work, many more die from work related illness due to not using PPE correctly and many die of suicide due to mental health and pressures of work. Omniscient safety want to make a difference just as I do. If my story saves one life it is worth sharing.

Steve

Sk Lifecoach UK Ltd

Sarah Townsley OSI

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Kindness Unlocked Online Festival

Recently OSI became co-founders along with Abi Clarke AC Weddings and Events of Make Minds Matter non profit organisation. We set to work in organising a mental health festival to take part in September.

Unfortunately due to the pandemic this event had to be postponed but we didn’t let that dampen our spirits. Still keen to go ahead we have set to work in taking this event to an online function. Below you will find an article from the local paper with more details on our event.

If you would like to be involved in this online event please get in touch, makemindsmatteraberdeen@gmail.com

https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/north-east-mental-health-and-wellbeing-event-to-run-online-next-month/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

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Apparent Leader Launch and Review


You may have heard that we recently launched our new course Apparent Leader with Andrew Burton.

We held a Pilot course and are extremely please with the feedback we received.

Below is a statement from Abi Clarke co founder of Make Minds Matter mental health group.  https://www.facebook.com/Make-Minds-Matter-104274267860626/

“In July, I was invited by Brett Townsley and Andrew Burton from Omniscient Safety Innovations Ltd to join the Apparent Leader pilot course which they are now offering.

With their combined expertise and knowledge, I gained some good tips and recommendations on my leadership behaviour as well as looking into core values and the importance of them being understood throughout the business and charity which I run.

This course gives you the opportunity to examine from a Mindful perspective how your leadership behaviours have been impacted by the dramatic changes in the business world in recent months.

I would highly recommend speaking with Brett Townsley to discuss further”.

Abi Clarke.

If you would like further information on this course please get in touch at info@omniscientsafetyinnovations.com

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Aberdeenshire Lockdown Tribute for The NHS

As many of you know OSI are extremely passionate when it comes to mental health, not so long ago we became co-founders of Make Minds Matter, non profit group along with Abi Clarke from AC Weddings and Events.

Over the lockdown period we have seen many communities coming together in support and appreciation. This included live facebook sessions of individuals sharing their talents to brighten others day.

Make Minds Matter wanted to use this space to create a video tribute to show our continued support for the hard work the NHS provide on a daily basis. Listening to the inspirational voices across Facebook we contacted a small group who couldn’t wait to get involved. The three young ladies worked extremely well together to make this happen, especially as this all had to be contributed to over zoom calls and text messages.

We also would like to take this opportunity to thank the singers, without their incredible support we could not of made this happen, so a massive thank you goes out to Jas Lamond Watt, Keirah Kirton & Mary Wilson, well done!!

We are overwhelmed by the amount of interest and views this has gained in such a short space of time and we really hope you enjoy this too.

Please click the link to view the video or read more from the press release by Press & Journal.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=307409730429632 

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/2291429/aberdeen-singers-collaborate-for-health-worker-tribute/?fbclid=IwAR1klcJZ1-55_I6YOJnDBd6NANrhF–yyNNRXngI-fIs6yWG8_Zc2ojLC3U

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Veteran Owned Business Continuing Their Commitment to The Armed Forces

At OSi we are very excited to announce that we have signed the Armed Forces Covenant as part of our company’s ongoing commitment to Armed Forces and their families.

The AFC is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or have served in the UK Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. We’re proud to recognise the value serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families bring to our business.

We will continue to promote fair treatment for veterans both internally & externally, to improve employment opportunities for those leaving the services by:

  • On our social media platforms/posts we will highlight we are a veteran owned business
  • We have worked with Joint Force Alba recruitment and Aberdeen City Council on an initiative to promote veteran employment.
  • Displaying the Covenant logo on our website.
  • Armed Forces Day participation is a long standing commitment of ours by joining in the marches and promoting on all of our platforms.
  • We will always over 10% discounted rate off our courses to veterans or serving serviceman
  • For those in the reserve forces we would apply suitable flexibility to attend any training or deployments
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Kindness just a hashtag??

 

Encouraging as it is to see so many businesses and leaders posting about kindness towards each other for Mental Health Awareness Week. Should we not also see posts on how their business will apply this?

Do we not have a responsibility to apply corporate kindness to staff, customers and others? Corporate Kindness which is a key element of corporate values and ideals that shape how an organisation is perceived by employees, customers, and others.

Many successful companies adhere to a set of well defined core values and beliefs that align with behaviours rather than contravene them. In doing so they create a culture that promotes open, honest conversation in a conducive, creative environment where productivity and empowerment are defining characteristics and costs are reduced along with absenteeism, accident rates and work related stress.

All too often a business believes it has mindful core values or beliefs but the behaviours or structures do not support this and the impacts are felt from absenteeism, accident rates and work related stress to costs.

Is this the opportunity to take a mindful approach and get a business case for corporate kindness or is kindness just this weeks hashtag?

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Brett Townsley & Chris Lemons Q&A on Mental Health in his Working Environment

 

With 1 in 4 people within the UK presenting mental health issues and this expected to rise exponentially post COVID-19 due to isolation, decreased job, financial security and concern for loved ones resulting in stress, anxiety and depression we decided to talk with Chris Lemons who told us “Isolation and dealing with the mental difficulties which come with being confined are issues I am definitely familiar with.”

 

Chris thanks for taking the time to talk to us today, you are an experienced saturation sea diver can you tell us a little bit about the mental health aspects of the job? 

“I have long felt that the diving is the easy part of the job, an opportunity to pop the cork on the mental pressures and strains of living in such an unusually claustrophobic environment for 28 days at a time.  

The principal challenge is without doubt the nature of the confinement itself.  Once the door is closed and the chamber is pressurised, often to well in excess of 100 metres, there is no escape.  The death of a parent, a burst appendix, a sudden desperation to breathe fresh air; none of these things will allow you to circumnavigate the days of decompression required to return to the surface.  It’s an overly flattering analogy, but it is true to say that it is quicker to get back from the surface of the moon than it is from being in a Saturation system pressurised to 150 metres.

This can undoubtedly bring pressures to bear on ones mental health.  The feelings of isolation can often be palpable, and the absence of an ability to exit the situation if you feel uncomfortable in any way, can leave you feeling caged and helpless.

To this you can add the almost unique pressures that come with living in extremely close confines with other human beings, whilst simultaneously having every second of your day monitored by the watchful eyes of the systems cameras.  Need to have a private phone call with people at home?  Forget it.  Not comfortable with having someone watch you take a shower or go to the toilet?  Better find another job.  Privacy is almost non-existent, and there is no escaping the five other men who are all sleeping within an arms-reach of you, even if you can’t stand them.

The standard pressures which can affect our mental health at home are also exacerbated whilst locked in the chambers.  Because the gas we breathe is principally made up helium, and because the pressure has an affect on our vocal cords, we can be almost unintelligible over the phone, making speaking to people at home very difficult.  Problems such as paying a bill, resolving a conflict with a loved one or consoling an upset son or daughter can prove almost impossible, and this feeling of helplessness can become overwhelming.

To all of this you can add the pressures of the job itself.  Our ship usually has over 100 people on board, who along with the army of engineers and staff on shore are there with the sole purpose of delivering two divers to the seabed to complete the work.  Combine this with the financial pressures of a boat which is being hired for £150,000 per day, and every one watching the every move of your hands on screens throughout the vessel, and the toll of the mental strain can quickly add up.”

 

What kind of techniques do you use to maintain your mental health during operations?

“Principally I make attempts to normalise my environment as much as possible.  There is no escape from the confinement of the decompression chambers, and so you have to be able to accept that and make a concerted effort to make the best of it.  Whilst the nature of the work already enforces a pre-determined routine on ones day, I find it helpful to ensure that I follow my own personal routine as much as possible.  Small disciplines such as getting out of bed in the morning to have a cup of tea and watch the news, having a time to stretch or exercise, or taking 15 minutes to do a crossword, all give the day structure and some element of normality.  

The nature of the confinement could potentially be a little overwhelming, and so I find it is very important to maintain a positive frame of mind.  I make a concerted effort not to count the number of days left, particularly during the early stages, and instead I concentrate on smaller milestones such as getting through the first week, first 10 days etc.  As mercenary as it sounds, I sometimes count the money I’m earning rather than the days I have left, simply to try and a put a positive spin on a timeframe which could otherwise appear a little depressing.

I also always try and use the period in Saturation as an opportunity.  Rather than think of it as being locked up for a month, I tell myself that this is a chance to learn a new skill, read some interesting books, write that novel, or even just catch up on the sleep that a 3 year old deprives me of at home…

I find that one of the key elements to coping is to make use of the people around you.  Some divers will cope with being locked up by confining themselves to their bunk with the curtain closed as much as possible.  I have always found it helpful to force myself to go and talk to people, partially for the sense of normality that this can bring, but principally because it can be cathartic to discuss the stresses and strains of captivity with others in the same situation.  The solidarity of people who you quickly find are suffering in similar ways to yourself, can be very comforting and ease the feelings of loneliness and isolation that can quickly develop if you choose to shut yourself away.”

 

Are there any specific requirements (tests, assessments etc) either from legislative or employer perspective that someone must complete in regard to mental health?  

“The medical testing of divers is fairly rigorous, partly due to the physical nature of the job, and partly because access to medical facilities and personnel is severely restricted during our periods of confinement.  As such there is a thorough annual medical, which includes a broad range of physical examinations, including ECG’s, assessment of lung capacity, hearing, fitness etc. We also undertake a truncated version of this medical examination on site, in the 6 hours prior to entering into Saturation.  However, at no point in any of this is there any element of testing or assessment of mental health.  As with many professions of this nature, the diving industry appears to be behind the curve when it comes to enlightenment on this issue.  People often assume that Saturation diving will have some form of adverse affect on your long term physical health, but I have long felt that the damage being done is far more likely to be to ones Mental Health.  The long periods of confinement undoubtably have an effect, and some of the older divers certainly show signs of being institutionalised.” 

 

You went through an emotionally traumatic experience during a specific operation could you tell us a little more? 

“Back in September of 2012 I was involved in a diving incident aboard a Dive Support Vessel called the Bibby Topaz.  My colleague and I were working on the Huntingdon Manifold which is located about 90 miles due East of Aberdeen, at a depth of 91 metres.  At around 10pm, and in the midst of a 35 knot wind and 5 metre seas, the Topaz suffered a catastrophic single point failure of its Dynamic Positioning Computer.  This is a system which allows the ship to maintain position over a particular point on the seabed, so that the divers can work safely without fear of being dragged around by the boat.  With this failure, the Topaz began to drift at the mercy of the wind and waves, pulling my colleague Dave and I along with it.  Unfortunately, my umbilical (a series of intertwined hoses which provide us with Breathing Gas, Heat, Light and Cameras) became snagged on the exterior of the sub-sea structure.  I effectively became the anchor to an 8000 tonne ship, and there was only ever going to be one winner in that situation.  My umbilical duly snapped, leaving me stranded in the absolute darkness of the seabed with only the emergency supply of gas that we carry on our back left to breathe.  We estimate that this supply lasted for around seven to eight minutes, but unfortunately it took nearly forty minutes for the crew to regain control of the boat and be able to come back and rescue me.  After a lonely few minutes on the seabed, thinking that my death was imminent, I slipped into unconsciousness.  Miraculously, nearly 40 minutes later, I was dragged back from the seabed by my colleague Dave, hauled into the diving bell and resuscitated, seemingly unharmed.”

 

 

How have you learned to deal/cope with the experience? 

“To some extent I have always tried to be pragmatic about it, although I think it actually took several years before I began to properly reflect on what happened.  At the time I think we were riding on a wave of Euphoria, having extracted ourselves from what seemed like an impossible position, and slightly oblivious to the magnitude of what had taken place.  I think we were perhaps slightly more concerned about getting back on the horse, rather than taking any time to properly consider how it had affected us.  It was only really during the making of the film ‘Last Breath’ that I was almost forced to reflect on how it had affected not just me, but all those involved both on the ship that night, and my friends and family at home.

To some extent coping with it has been a necessity, as this is my profession and not to do so would mean being unable to pay the mortgage.  I often try and put it into perspective by telling myself that essentially I emerged completely unharmed, my suffering was fleeting, and the number of people who suffer and cope with traumas far worse than this are legion.

In many ways, the unusual nature of what happened to me, and the environment in which it happened, have proven the key to my being able to deal relatively comfortably with what happened.  Because it is a story that interests people, I have spent the best part of the last 8 years recounting the tale which has prevented me from bottling anything up or repressing any potential post traumatic trauma.  I am lucky to be surrounded both personally and professionally by strong and supportive people, and the frank discussions I have had with all of them have undoubtably allowed me to minimise any mental repercussions.  

I think I’m also lucky in that the nature of my job gives me the confidence to be able to talk reasonably openly about my feelings and anxieties, without ever really worrying about whether people might consider me weak or inferior, so I am thankful for that.”

 

Do you experience any forms of mental health issues due to the experience? 

“I don’t think I have, but I’m possibly not the best person to judge.  I feel as though in many ways it has been a positive experience in my life, and I never really consider myself to have suffered a trauma.  I do feel that I have a more acute awareness of death, and it is certainly something I think about more these days, although age may also play a part in that.  I like to think that I am reasonably stoic in nature, but that has a downside in that it is possible that I suffer without even realising it.  Overall though, It’s not something that I regret happening in my life, and in many ways I feel it has made me stronger both mentally and professionally.”

 

Due to COVID19 the general public is currently undergoing lockdown which is creating social isolation, do you think there are any specific issues we should be aware of as a result of long periods in isolation? 

“There is little doubt that prolonged periods in isolation can have a significant bearing on ones mental health.  The inability to have direct contact with loved ones, and the massive benefits this can have on our mental well-being, is undoubtably at the top of the list.  A sudden lack of routine or purpose to ones days can also prove very challenging, which can also lead to a sense of disappointment or worthlessness if you don’t manage to fill that time productively.  The removal of ones liberty and freedom, something we often all take for granted, can often prove more distressing than you may have realised.  The other danger is, I feel, that the longer lockdown continues, the more people will get used to it, and the harder it will become to return to the chaos of normal life.”

 

Do you have any advice on ways to cope?

“There are many clear parallels between the current lockdown and life confined to a hyperbaric chamber, and therefore many of the coping mechanisms I suspect are the same.

Routine is king.  Lockdown can quickly feel like groundhog day, so it is important that even though you don’t necessarily have to get up in the morning and have a shower, you do so.  Build or timetable a structure to your day to avoid drifting into directionless periods of inactivity, all of which can have a detrimental effect on your confidence and mental well being.

Set yourself targets for the day.  Even if you don’t achieve them, it will give your day purpose and focus.

Try and treat the experience as a positive.  This is an opportunity to learn new things that you may never otherwise have.  The modern world is a frantic one, so look at this as a rare chance to reflect and refresh.  Take the time to get yourself healthy, to read those books that you have always meant to read, to get the garden looking pretty or repaint the walls of the flat.  Tell yourself that you will come out of this experience and not view it as having been wasted time.

Communicate.  You suddenly have time, so use it to catch up with people.  We are all in this together so it can be comforting to take solace in others going through the same things, and to share how we are all feeling.  There is no disgrace in feeling isolated or lonely, because you very much are not alone in feeling that.  Talking to people can quickly bring perspective and humour to the situation.

Try and enjoy it.  How often can you watch Only Fools and Horses all afternoon and not feel guilty about it?”

Brett Townsley & Chris Lemons.

 

 

 

The documentary Last Breath can be found here https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80215139 

It truly is a remarkable watch.

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The Effects of Social Media by Kirstin Murie

(Anti)Social Media

The days of your mum yelling at you to get off the internet so she could use the phone seem so far away, yet that was only at the start of the Millennia: A time where broadband installation discs were everywhere, silver coloured computers were all the rage and 1mb download speed was a luxury. As technology has improved over the years, so has internet accessibility and our connectivity to others. Today we are reported to spend 2h24m per day on social media, with 3.75 billion of us connecting with phones. It appears as though we are more connected than ever, yet this can bring about its own set of problems:

Always On

It used to be that you could clock out, leave your computer and emails behind, and completely separate your home and working life. Now more than ever, these lines are blurred. Phones have evolved from playing snake to being a miniature computer in your pocket: able to browse the internet, connect with the world and answer emails. It can be difficult to truly relax when a notification ping can happen any minute. This is coupled with instant gratification: we now expect things to be done within minutes of us requesting it.

Instant Gratification

As technology has improved, so has the speed at which we expect tasks to be completed. Many purchases and actions these days are instant: buying a new game, uploading a new picture to Instagram and video streaming to name a few. (Bonus fact: back in the day, you had to pause the YouTube video to let it load before you pressed play.)

This has also impacted the physical world, where we now seem to expect others to instantly respond to us and be at our beck and call; we expect our items to be delivered within 24h of ordering. Yet having to respond to others so quickly as expected may create a feeling of anxiety and one of missing out.

 

 

FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)

Related to Always on and Instant Gratification is FOMO. Perhaps we are always checking our phones just in case we miss something and miss reacting to it. The advent of the infinite scroll only seems to make this worse as there is no endpoint, no time where you can be certain there are no more things to see or react to. To this end, we are always on and unfortunately seem unable to seek reprieve from this triad.

 

 

 

To enable you to switch off from social media there are a few techniques which can be used:

Install an App

There are a wide range of apps available which are able to block off social media, helping to give you space for a few hours to be mindful in the physical world.

Set Timings

Similar to installing an app, you may wish to set a specific time where you no longer look at work emails, helping to separate the home-work environment and help you feel more relaxed.

Expect Less

Understand that others are likely as overwhelmed with the amount of connectivity and would also like a break. If they take a few hours to respond to a message, that’s ok.

Take a First Aid for Mental Health Course

OSI offers a range of distance learning courses which not only help you identify and manage stress but are also recognised qualifications in the workplace. More here https://www.omniscientsafetyinnovations.com/distance-learning/

 

 

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Our First Billboard Campaign Aberdeen, Edinburgh & Glasgow

We are proud to be able to showcase are billboard via Ocean Outdoor screens across Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow

Systemic Mental Health Solutions is just one of our mental health services

Design created by Kirstin Murie, we are extremely proud to present this

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