As an apprentice I have support from both Obsidian and the College. My Tutor has been keeping me busy with my apprenticeship work to get an early finish on the end of year evaluations. When it comes to my apprenticeship, this time at home has really helped me improve my apprenticeship work, as I am able to take the time and look back over everything and make improvements. In a way, I am happy to have the opportunity to be doing the work needed at home, as there are fewer work distractions. I have had a large amount of support from Obsidian during the time working at home. We have a call once a week with all the staff to discuss business, but also to have a general catch up. I know that if I needed support, they would definitely be there to help me. I also get regular calls from my tutor to make sure I’m doing okay in myself as she is there to support all her students during this time.
Mental health is about the way you think, feel and your ability to deal with ups and downs. Mental health doesn’t always stay the same, it can differ with any slight change of lifestyle or specific circumstances. As we are all experiencing different circumstances and change in lifestyle at the moment, here are some positive ways to keep your emotional health and well-being on the right path:
- Talk about your feelings – keep in touch with others – ask for advice/help
- Keep physically and mentally active – try an easy workout – activate your brain by doing a quiz, crossword etc.
- Eat and drink well – eating junk food all the time can have a negative effect
- Do something you are good at/enjoy – maybe try something new
This week take some time to think about the effects lockdown can have on people. Get in touch with loved ones and friends regularly. Although people may not show signs of mental health struggles, they could be hiding their true feelings. Always remember, one short phone call could save a life. With 2020s mental health awareness weeks theme being kindness, try and think about how you can add kindness to your lockdown routine. Whether it may be delivering goods to loved ones, or even something as little as saying a kind hello when passing by someone. All the little things matter in our lives.