A message to our students on MENTAL HEALTH
As we go into lockdown number three, the weeks ahead can look bleak and, for young people especially, there are unique challenges to be faced.
You may be concerned about completing your apprenticeship or traineeship. Or maybe, other aspects of your life, like relationships and taking care of yourself are suffering.
At Central, we are hugely aware of the anxiety that simply being way from a regular routine can induce. So, we wanted to remind you that we have an excellent team of mentors among our staff who are ready and able to help you with any problems or issues you may be facing.
What can I do?
Simply just talking will in itself be a huge relief. Airing your concerns can be the first step to seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. All the conversations you will have with our mentoring team are confidential and their support has already been invaluable to many of our learners.
During the first lockdown, some of our learners shared a few of their fears and concerns with us via videos we posted on Instagram. Better still, they told us some of the techniques and ideas they felt had helped them get through.
We’ve put together some handy tips for you below which may help. Some from our learners, some from our tutors and some from mental health advocates we admire and follow. Most of all, don’t struggle in silence. Get in touch with our mentoring team via your tutors and let us help! And in the meantime, why not give some of these ideas a go?
Make a memory wall in your room or home full of pictures of friends, events and places that make you happy.
Don’t underestimate the value of breathing. Take deep slow breaths when you feel anxious and simply focus on your breath.
Keep a journal. So many people find writing down their thoughts and fears helps them feel that they are not so insurmountable. It can be great for gaining some perspective.
Exercise – doesn’t matter what you do as long as you get moving. This will give you a mental boost and activities such as yoga will also help you relax.
Check out apps that are available to download such as Calm and Headspace. Easy to use and highly effective in combatting stress, anxiety and a sense of panic.
Talk about your feelings. Whether you choose a friend, family member or one of our mentors, sharing your concerns is a great step towards helping you feel calmer.
Remember our team of mentors are here for you, Simply contact your tutor to arrange a chat. If you're in Essex then Louise is your mentor; for our London apprentices and trainees, it’s Sharon and for those in Harlow, Herts and Beds, business trainees and Smithfield, it’s Mary. Faith is our mentor for those trainees who undertake in salon learning.
(If you'd prefer to talk to someone else, please check out our Mental Health Resource Page here and get in touch with one of the many helpful charities).
If you have any other ideas that have helped you, don't be afraid to comment below. You may just help someone who is struggling today!
Be kind to yourself and take care of your mental health.