Dyfed Powys Police Federation chair Gareth Jones says small lifestyle changes can make a big difference to members’ wellbeing.
Gareth was speaking during International Stress Awareness Week which runs from 2 to 6 November and incudes National Stress Awareness Day on Wednesday (4 November).
The week aims to shine a light on stress and mental health problems, raise awareness and promote support services.
Police Mutual has produced a factsheet with tips on how to manage your stress such as exercise, organising your time and talking to friends, family or colleagues.
“We’re all very busy in our work and private lives and often don’t allow time for ourselves,” Gareth explained, “We’ve all seen how the pandemic has had an impact on people’s mental health and it looks like it will continue to do so for some time yet.
“The Police Mutual factsheet is a good starting point for looking after your wellbeing. It contains useful tips for managing stress levels such as eating well, identifying your triggers and keeping a daily routine.
“The Federation’s Hear ‘Man Up’, Think ‘Man Down’ campaign encourages officers to take each other’s mental wellbeing as seriously as they take each other’s physical safety, and we would echo that message of looking out for each other.
“The Federation is also here for those members who need our help or support.”