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A Valentine’s Blog – how to keep your heart and mind healthy

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Valentine’s Day is recognised as a celebration of romance across the world. That’s why for many people, whether they are in a relationship or not, days which are supposed to celebrate love and togetherness can only highlight how different, alone, or low they can feel.

One in four of us will have problems with our mental health at some time in our lives. Many of us struggle to live up to the ideals we see on TV, in advertising and on social media.

At New Directions, we want to promote self-love; which we believe is important to living well. Self-love influences who you pick as friends, the image you project at work, and how you cope with the problems in your life. It is so important to your health and well-being.

You will love yourself more, when you take better care of your basic needs.

Mind are using Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to share with everyone, information and stories which might help you if you’re feeling this way, today or any day. Below you will find information on:

• Loneliness
• Low Self Esteem
• Coping with Mental Health
• What to do if you’re struggling

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/valentines-day/#cam

Below are also 10 practical ways to look after your mental health;

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-to-mental-health

We know that at some time or another our employees have concerns or issues outside of the working environment. We would encourage you to speak to someone about any issues that may affect you at work without delay. You can speak to your line manager or health and safety representative in confidence. You’re not alone; talk to someone you trust. Sharing a problem is often the first step to recovery.

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