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The Lovat Loch Ness team is brimming with happy people who are passionate about customer service.  It’s important though to keep the team motivated and take care of how they feel at the workplace – inside and outside.  The Lovat management pays attention to the well-being and mental health of the team, attending workshops and gathering information to boost the soul as  often we take care of our physical body but sometimes we forget about looking after our mental health as well.

A recently attended event, Change Your World,  offered facts produced by the Mental Health Foundation so the hotel’s owner Caroline came back with useful tips that can help anyone maintain good mental health.  We decided to share these with you.

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Talk about your feelings
You don’t need to sit your loved ones down for a big conversation about your well being.  Many people feel more comfortable when these conversations develop naturally – maybe when you’re doing something together. If it feels awkward at first give it more time.

Eat well
What we eat may affect how we feel.  Three meals a day or five smaller snacks throughout the day, plus plenty of water is ideal for maintaining good mental health.  Try to limit your intake of high caffeine drinks and sugar.

Drink sensibly
We often drink alcohol to change our mood, some people drink to deal with fear or loneliness, but the effect is only temporary – when the drink wears off, you feel worse.  Drinking alcohol is not a good way to manage difficult feelings.

Keep in touch
Friends and family can make you feel included and cared for as they can offer different views, and help you solve problems.

Keep active
Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and help you concentrate, sleep and feel better.  Exercise doesn’t always mean sport or going to the gym – walks in the park, gardening or housework can all help you keep active.

Ask for help
If things are getting too much for you and you feel you can’t cope, ask for help.  You can speak to your GP about your mental health – and it is often helpful to speak to someone you trust.  If you are in distress and need immediate help you should visit

Take a break
A change of scene or a change of pace is good for your mental health.  It could be a five minute pause from what you are doing; ensuring you take your lunch break at work, or a weekend exploring somewhere new.  Even a few minutes can be enough to de-stress you.

Do something you’re good at
What do you love doing?  What activities can you lose yourself in?  What did you love doing in the past?  Enjoying yourself can help beat stress.  Concentrating on a hobby can help you forget your worries for a while and can change your mood.

Accept who you are
We’re all different.  Be proud of who you are, and be kind to yourself.  Recognise and accept the things you may not be good at but also focus on what you can do well.

Care for others
Not only is helping others a good deed in itself, it can make us feel needed and valued, and that boosts our self-esteem. It can even bring you closer together.

For more info on looking after you mental health and how to support the Mental Health Foundation please visit

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