Good Morning! Day 12 of the #31DaysofBlackExcellence Campaign spotlights Larry Owereh. Larry works as a Funds Paralegal for Gemcorp Capital LLP whilst also running a website called ‘Through this Mind’ which normalises conversations about mental health for young people. He is also works in music management, managing the artist Aleisha Lee.
Check out his advice below!
What advice do you have on managing mental health in the workplace?
Know your triggers and know how to deal with them.
If you are taking on too much work, not feeling supported or not understanding tasks, this will stress you out, causing you anxiety and overwhelm you.
Everyone deals with their mental health differently but there are helpful steps we can all take to manage it.
1) Ask for support from your colleagues — this will allow you to manage your time, reorganise your list and reduce your stress levels so you can get back on top.
2) Get some fresh air — Small steps like getting “fresh” air when you feel overwhelmed will allow you to step away from your desk, stretch and calm your nerves enabling you to get back to your tasks.
3) Health eating — Consuming ample amounts of water with a healthy breakfast and lunch, allows you to get the right nutrients needed to power through the day, keeping you alert and fuelled.
If you feel to take things further speak to your supervisor/HR/mental health support staff so that they are aware of any issues you may have and see how they can assist.
If your health isn’t right, your work won’t be either and that isn’t good for you or your workplace.
One word that describes being black in the workplace to you and why.
In many institutions you may be the only Black person in your team, on your floor or maybe in your building, so naturally you stand out.
However, as so many young Black people are entering the corporate, academic or entrepreneurial world we need to ensure that there are more people who look like us entering through the doors right behind us.
Whether you know it, like it or accept it people see every action you make in and outside the workplace. We therefore have to make the conscious effort to put our best foot forward, leaving a stamp of the good work we do.
You may feel the pressure to consistently perform to the highest level because you’re Black but do understand that working hard and accomplishing high level of work is making it easier for those coming up behind you.
We live in a world where unconscious bias prevents many Black people from entering certain circles and progressing. So, by demonstrating to your colleagues and senior staff that you, and people like you, are innovative, intelligent and leaders it gives those hiring the examples they need to eliminate any stigma placed upon us when they hire more people like us.
Thank you Larry for sharing your story!
What is the #31DaysofBlackExcellence Campaign about? It is an online campaign showcasing the stories and lessons learnt from 31 young black British people excelling in the corporate world, academia and entrepreneurship this Black History Month. The campaign revolves around blog posts covering career questions and insights on what it is like to be young, black and millennial in Britain. If you like what you read, do share about the campaign using the hashtag #31DaysofBlackExcellence.
If you would like to know more about the campaign and the role models featured email me at: email@example.com.