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Our Team’s Top 14 Tips to Take Care of Your Mental Health During This Time

It’s a weird and unnerving time for most as we continue to settle into a different way of working and living.

At SIS, every member of our team is now working remotely from their homes across Scotland, and many of them have also taken on the added responsibility of home schooling.

While there have been several positives to our current working environment, there are also numerous hurdles when it comes to looking after your mental health.

With it being Mental Health Awareness Week, our team have been reflecting on what they’re doing to look after themselves during this challenging time. Check out our teams top 14 tips below.

1. Step away from the laptop – Brian McNee, Investment Manager

Don’t forget to take short breaks away from your screen. Whether you help your kids with their schoolwork or walk around the block, take some time to clear your head and give your eyes a rest.

2. Get outside – Jill Barrow, Head of Finance

Perhaps the most overstated but underestimate tip. A five-minute walk around the block, a hike up a hill, a bike ride or rollerblade(!), whatever activity it is, getting outside and into the fresh air does wonders for both our mental and physical health.

3. Be disciplined, yet flexible – Alastair Davis, Chief Executive

Be disciplined when it comes to creating separation between work time and personal time. If you are not ‘in the zone’, give yourself permission to turn the laptop off and come back to tasks when you have more energy.

4. Appreciate the small things – Lindsay Wake, Head of Impact

Recognise all the small things to be thankful for, particularly with more family time; unrushed breakfasts, family lunchtimes, working together to ‘crack’ schoolwork and more time for fun family bonding.

5. Grab a cuppa – Tracy Drummond, Investment Manager

When it all gets a bit much with work, home schooling, parenting and general life, grab a cuppa and take ten minutes to thumb through a good book.

6. Appreciate your surroundings – Fin Quinn, Operations Assistant

This bizarre scenario has allowed us to watch Spring happen like most of us never have before. As a self-confessed non-techie, Fin has recently taken to Instagram to document a daily picture of beauty on her walks and share it with friends.

7. Tackle a jigsaw – Oliver Pollard, Finance & Operations Manager

Jigsaws are a great way to take time away from your screens and relax. Listen to music or put on a podcast and work your way through a jigsaw. You’ll feel surprisingly proud when you’re finished.

8. Listen to music – Jenny Willdridge, Finance Assistant

Listening to music can really change your mood. Sit back and listen to your favourite genre – even for a minute or two – and you’ll find yourself revitalised.

9. Have a routine – Joanne Karatzidis, Lead Fund Manager

Many of our team have found having a routine (albeit a very different one than they would usually) is helping to keep their work/life balance and their energy up throughout the day.

10. Exercise – Julie Kyle, Events Project Manager

Whether it is walking your dog, jogging or taking part in virtual fitness classes, getting your heart rate up can help keep your energy high and brain motivated (even if it is a struggle at the time!).

11. Explore a new hobby – Laura Malcolm, Management Accountant

How often do you get the chance to try something new? Whether it is yoga, learning a language or crafts, getting moving and being creative can put the mind at rest and help ease anxiety.

12. Have a ‘night out’ – Eileen Gardiner, Investment Manager

Get dressed up and have a ‘night out’ once a week. Whether you cook a lovely meal, make a cocktail or watch a movie, it’ll give you something to look forward to and make an effort for.

13. Video call rather than phone – Theresa Sharp, Investment Manager

Video calls help to maintain a more human connection during a time where our physical presence with friends and family is limited. Checking on family and friends face-to-face through technology can help you understand how your loved ones are getting on.

14. Stay in touch with friends (virtually) – Alastair Johnstone, Head of Credit & Compliance

‘Laugher is the best medicine’. Not only is checking in with your family and friends good for your mental health, but also for theirs. Take care of yourself and look out for one another.


If you’re struggling with your mental health, please reach out to one of the wonderful support organisations out there and check out the Scottish Association for Mental Health here.