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Mental Health

Infectious disease outbreaks, like the current Coronavirus (COVID-19), can be scary and can affect our mental health. While it is important to stay informed, there are also many things we can do to support and manage our wellbeing during such times.

Global Running Day: Message from Tony Carder

Wednesday 3 June is Global Running Day and as the Exec Sponsor for the Physical Wellbeing pillar of our Workplace Wellbeing Programme, I cannot think of any better reason to lace up the running shoes and get out on the road, whether it’s for a gentle 1 mile jog or a hard 10 mile run.

 The benefits of that little bit of exercise are huge, both physically and mentally.  As we navigate our way through the challenges of lockdown, being stuck indoors for long periods each day, and seeing the glorious weather we have experienced the last few weeks, I know it makes me desperate to get out running to feel like I am getting some “me” time back. 

I cannot under estimate how valuable running has been to me over the last 10 weeks of lockdown.  It’s helped with regularly getting out of the house, getting some fresh air and clearing my head after a buy day of conference calls and virtual meetings. The mental benefits are undeniable for me.  It’s that time to let my mind wander and just enjoy the sights and sounds of spring moving to summer, oh, and it helps burn a few calories from the rather slightly higher levels of evening drinks that we may have experienced over the last 10 weeks. 

I would encourage you to get out for a run, or a walk, on global running day and contribute your miles towards Kate Wynne’s Falklands Challenge.

Run well, stay safe

Tony Carder 

Director of Civil Business



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