May 18, 2020 | Other
As a subpostmaster you are doing so much to support your communities and look after your staff and customers during this pandemic. It’s important not to forget about your own mental health. Many members are going above and beyond the call of duty but are, on occasions, also on the receiving end of abuse from customers. Whilst this is unacceptable at any time it only serves to increase the strain on your mental health.
This is Mental Health Awareness week and whilst we, at the NFSP, can’t meet with you directly in the current situation, we are here to help you with HR, finance, etc. and at the end of the phone if you just want a chat (01273 452324).
We have been working with ‘Mind’ and ‘Time to change’ since signing the Time to Change pledge last year and here are some tips to help you look after your mental health:
Sit less and move more by finding an activity that suits your lifestyle. You’ll release those ‘feel good’ hormones and gain more energy.
Take time to relax and take notice of the present moment. Leave work behind and try something new or something you have not done for a while.
The World Health Organisation recommends 7-9 hours’ sleep per night. Lack of sleep impacts health, decision making and can cause mistakes or accidents. Try these ideas:
Prior Coronavirus, the NFSP was going to run ‘Champion’ training courses for members interested in raising awareness around mental health. We now hope to run the course online in small ‘bitesize’ chunks. Held once week, these meetings will last between 1 and 2 hours. At the end of 4 weeks, we would then register you with Time to change as a Mental Health Champion.
Planning is in the early stages, and if you are interested in joining a course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll then receive a short form to complete with your branch, contact details, etc. Further information about the course will then be emailed to you.