This year’s Mental Health Awareness week is focused on stress. Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this.
Five years ago, I was approaching my thirtieth birthday. My career as an RAF officer was going well and life looked pretty good.
But something was starting to shift in me.
I started to hear that little voice telling me that there was something more out there. That is was time for a change. You know the voice I mean. The one we ignore until it’s shouting at us to DO SOMETHING!
We spend around a third of our lives sleeping. It is critical to our health and well-being. But we don’t respect it. In our increasingly busy world, it can feel like time sleeping is just time away from work, empty space in the day that could be filled with more important things. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Has anyone else noticed that ‘well-being’ seems to be everywhere these days? It’s not just me. Over recent years, psychological research has shifted from an emphasis on disorder and dysfunction to a focus on well-being and positive mental health¹. The well-being trend grew by 10.6 per cent between 2013 and 2015, according to the Global Wellness Institute, and is now worth $3.72 trillion globally. The Times even declared that 2018 is going to be the year of self-care.