Today we continue our highlight on men’s mental health as part of Movember. Some of the guys at the brewery are growing out their taches and speaking up about why they’re taking part in Movember, what their self-care rituals involve and sharing any tips or resources for readers to look into. Today we’re talking to Andrew.

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Why have you jumped into Movember this year?

Aside from this being one of the first years I could possibly grow something that could be vaguely regarded as facial hair, this year has definitely been tougher than most for everyone. The stress of a pandemic often meant that mental wellness vs physical wellness was often put aside and ignored. Most of us have been or know people that have been adversely affected and coming into Lockdown 2.0, Movember was the perfect platform to show that no one is alone!

What does your self-care usually look like?

In all honesty, self-care often gets ignored between long shifts at the brewery and catching up on life at the weekend. However, I love long walks in the country and also recently a few bike rides as well. We’re blessed that Leeds is surrounded by beautiful countryside, perfect for clearing the head and unwinding.

Any books, films, websites or resources that you’d like to shout out?

I’d definitely shout out Matt Haig, his ability to capture raw emotion and accurately depict his own mental health journey makes for interesting reading. ‘The Psychology Behind’ by Dr Linda Papadopoulos is also a great podcast that provides useful tips on a whole range of issues including anxiety, grief, attitudes in the workplace and everything in between. In addition to this, any resources that increase an understanding of mindfulness definitely won’t harm!

A final word from Andrew:

Now more than ever it’s important to look after your own mental health. 2020 has been a strange old year but no one is alone! Reach out if you need it or help out if you can, sharing the load is key.