Call us to find out more 0141 255 2909 Menu

Catch the sunshine

Last week I had the ambition to write a mental health manifesto, a practical guide to good mental health. Yet I never got around to writing it; I wasn’t feeling well at all and I could barely get out of bed. I was feeling down, my mental health was terrible; I spent a good portion of a day at work stood in a cupboard and you tend to know it isn’t going to plan when you’re stood in a cupboard.

But I’m writing it now. This is what I’ve got so far. What do you reckon?


1.Variation will help you see some sunshine


Do something different. It doesn’t have to be spontaneous, it doesn’t have to be something you’ve never done before, and it doesn’t have to be anything big or important. You can still keep your routine – there’s nothing wrong with having a plan! Yet do keep making little changes because variation always gives you a different perspective, even by the smallest of degrees. It expands your field of vision, widens the context in which you frame your own actions.

My little variation was quite a big change, I went on a wee holiday to Skye and you can’t do that all the time but even the slightest variation gives you an insight; a patch of light that can break its way through a storm cloud. So what variations could you make, especially in the workplace? What patches of light can you find? How can you look after your mental health from 9 to 5?


Vary that commute. Turn left not right. Get the train, not the bus. Run yourself silly!

Subvert your morning and approach tasks in a different order. When looking at that inbox fills you with dread then that is the day you could do something else first.


Stand up, move those arms about and take a stroll around the office. Chat to a colleague you don’t really know.

Don’t check your emails on the loo. If you have to read, read a book.

Do you have to work at your desk? What about a change of scenery?

Breathe. Every now and then.

Get away on your lunch break, choose a different spot every Wednesday and walk towards it. Take a risk; see how far you can go within your lunch break. Have a mini adventure.

Try fancy teabags!!!

Learn a new skill. Try to take on a different responsibility. Embrace a little bit of change.

Don’t let the day end the same way every day. Don’t go straight home. Don’t count down to the weekend.

Get some sleep. Your full eight hours. Even if you have to go to bed at 10.


Variation will help you see some sunshine, even when the sky looks pretty cloudy. And who knows, if you can embrace a little change in the workplace maybe you won’t need that holiday after all?

Have a think about it. What could your variations be? Maybe you could share them below, or you can always find me @HeadtorchAndy


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Latest News

Who’s the Gold Medal winner?
Simone Biles pulled out of the Olympics due to her mental health. She felt able to speak up and speak out publicly.  This is a great day to celebrate her ability to be open and to say (sic), “No, I’m not feeling well so I need to stop and look after myself.” Is this something […]

Read More

Latest News

Motorbikes & Mental Health
“When you say the words “physical health” they conjure up positive thoughts. I like to think about mental health in the same way. To me, mental health means feeling great, it means I’m on top of things, life is good, I’m having fun and feeling fit. Like physical health, looking after mental health takes conscious effort, […]

Read More

Latest News

Stephen McAllister on Mental Health
“Mental health for me means being able to remain calm and focused when under pressure, while maintaining a sense of perspective whether things are going well or not so well. It’s about being able to bounce back when faced with a difficult challenge. It’s about connection with family and friends, celebrating their success and achievements. […]

Read More

Latest News

Paul Douglas, VP Volvo CE & MD Terex Trucks – July’s 1st Thursday Event
Paul Douglas, VP Volvo CE & MD Terex Trucks is our guest speaker at our 1st Thursday event – 1st July, 12 noon for 1 hour. He’s talking on “Striking the Balance – supporting the wellbeing of on site & remote teams” The format is:  Paul will talk for about 20 minutes, we’ll go into […]

Read More

Latest News

Self-Awareness – Nick Payne
Nick Payne talks about:  Self-Awareness, everyday tips to supporting people’s mental health at work At June’s First Thursday Wellbeing Hour Nick Payne, On Sales Trade Director at Budweiser Budvar UK Ltd, wowed us with his straight forward approach to self-awareness. Here’s just one example for you: Ask someone you work with – preferably not your best buddy – for feedback. We […]

Read More… ... and the Gold Medal winner is ....Mental Health every time! #mentalhealth has to be gi……

About 4 days ago

Receive the latest newsletter

Keep up to date with our latest news...