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The importance of a healthy mind in a chaotic world


connect, be able, take notice, learn, give: the five pillars of well-being

Sometimes it feels like there are simply not enough hours in the day to accomplish all the things that need to be done let alone the things that we want to be done.

Add to this working in the PR industry where everything is fast-paced, deadline-driven and high pressured, sounds like a recipe for a stressed-out individual.

Too much stress can cause physical problems such as headaches and high blood pressure, as well as affect an individual’s mental health and cause the development of depression or anxiety issues.

All these symptoms are things that can have adverse effects in the workplace, such as poor performance and productivity, poor motivation, low morale and high labour turnover.

With so much going on we need to ensure that we take time out of our busy lives to de-stress and make sure we are taking care of our mental health.

Following a great PRCA course focusing on stress management and mental health, they gave me some great tips that I have incorporated in my everyday life to help me with taking better care of my mental health.

They introduced me to the five pillars of wellbeing:

  • Connect – speak to someone instead of sending a text, build your relationships.
  • Be active – Physical activity increases the heart rate and lowers depression and anxiety rates.
  • Take notice – Taking the time to be aware of what is happening in the present.
  • Learn – continued learning increases self-esteem and encourages social interaction and more active life.
  • Give – It has been reported that an individual who has a great interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy

Taking these pillars on board, I ensure I drag myself to the gym at least once a week to feel the burn and I’ve taken up guitar lessons with the hope of becoming a rock legend!


About the author

Ebele Nwakude

Ebele was born the year the Jamaican bobsled team made their debut and“Eddie the Eagle” became the first British ski jumper to compete in the event in 60 years at the Winter Olympics.
She studied Business and Marketing at Canterbury and has a decade’s experience within sales.
She is an avid baker, traveller to distance lands, music gigs and festival goer and a guitar player.