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The events of 2020 have, for many people been turning point in their lives, joining people around the world as a collective for the first time in generations. The arrival of COVID-19 has brought tremendous challenges; our wings have been clipped and this has created uncertainty for many. Changes to our daily lives have been thrust upon us, resulting in changes to how we work, whom we can socialise and mix with, how we parent, and how we navigate our relationships with others.

But of course, the pandemic isn’t the only thing that has 2020 has brought into our lives. Many of us are examining our own biases, privilege, and our role in being a part of a multicultural society – a society of which we can be rightly proud.

Each day seems to bring news of searing injustices that some of us have not had to confront before other than at arm’s length. As we reflect on these situations it is not unusual that we may experience feelings of anxiety relating to how we should respond to these events, and thoughts about our place in the world. How can we, as a human collective, design a future that we can all feel secure about, and how will we leave a better legacy for future generations?

It’s a big task ahead but together, we can support each other to understand the issues, and get clear on own role in making sure that what we do counts.

Feeling anxious

Anxiety is something we all experience from time to time. However, if the feelings of anxiety overwhelm you and persist, your ability to concentrate and do well may suffer.

There are a variety of things you can do to help reduce your anxiety to a manageable level. From progressive muscle relaxation and breathing techniques through to exercising and eating healthily, it is important to learn how you can manage your own anxiety.

How to manage anxiety

 

The importance of self-care

Self-care is any activity we do consciously and by choice to look after our own emotional, social and physical wellbeing. Although it’s simple in theory, self-care is something we need to practice regularly to become better at it. Because of this, it is often overlooked as an important aid to wellbeing. By developing a self-care routine, you can stay well during stressful times.

Self-care

 

You may also find the following resources helpful:

Meditation to improve your wellbeing

Yoga to manage your wellbeing

Pilates to improve your wellbeing

Guided imagery for wellbeing

Mindfulness for wellbeing

Managing stress

Sleeping well

retailTRUST Chief Executive Chris Brook-Carter hosts our first fully virtual event: 19-21 October 2020

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Building on our #forthefour campaign, which shines a spotlight on the Trust’s mission to provide support for every individual whenever they need it, we are launching an exclusive week of content free of charge. Our three-day programme of content will equip you and your colleagues with the skills to manage your emotional, physical, vocational and financial wellbeing.

Find out more and book your place