Tips for dealing with exam results stress

After an intense few months of revising and worrying for many young people undertaking GCSE and A-Level exams, the results of their hard work will be revealed over the next few weeks, with A-level results this year taking place on 10th August, and GCSE’s on the 12th. 

Although some may say that the hardest part is over, for many young people the days leading to results day will be full of anxiety, stress and doubt.  If you have a child, or care for someone who is dealing with the pressure of a doubtful exam results day, here are some positive steps you can take, and bits of advice to give them before and during the day. 

Discourage overuse of social media

In the lead-up to the day, and particularly the day itself, their social media feeds will be full of people posting about the upcoming results. Although some posts may help them see that others are in the same boat, the continuous reminder of these emotions may cause the young person to overthink things and cause further worry and panic. If they do not get the results they were hoping for, social media will be full of celebratory posts which could make them feel even worse. 

Suggesting some calming activities that could distract them such as a walk, or watching a favourite film.

Remind them that exam results aren’t everything

Although it may feel like the most important thing at the moment, there are so many qualities and skills in a person that can’t be measured by school exams. Remind them of the good qualities they have that make them special, and reassure them that no matter what results they have, you will be proud of their hard work and support them moving forward in life. 

Look to the future 

It’s important to remind the young person that even if they do not get the results they wanted or expected, there are always alternative routes to gain the life skills, qualifications and work experience they need to go forward in life. If they are in the right mindset, you could help them look for their next step – whether that be further learning through school, apprenticeship, college or university. 

Helping them look forward to the future will help to keep their spirits up, and may relieve some feelings of worry and anxiety. 

On our Youth Mental Health First Aid course, Ajuda cover topics including stress and anxiety, with lots of practical tips on ways of dealing with these with young people in your care. Our courses can be booked in-house at our Cardiff Bay Training Centre, or at a location of your choice for groups of 12 or more. We also run this course Virtually (New for 2021).  

Ajuda are also busy organising our upcoming Talking Mental Health Conference Virtually over Zoom on October 7th (Adult) & 8th (Youth). We have talks on the day about mental illnesses such as anxiety, bipolar, depression and more, along with a selection of mental health organisations, charities and services at our exhibition. 

You can order tickets for the conference here.

Our Guide to Promoting Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace.

Ajuda’s absolute guide to promoting health and wellbeing within a business.

Ultimately, encouraging health and wellbeing in the workplace can vary from simple changes and small investments to staff training and wellness programmes.

The main idea is to foster a supportive environment that advocates for communication, confidence and health. It is about enhancing social interactions, building personal skills, and valuing employees.

Why should businesses promote health and wellness?

Apart from the obvious benefits, there are many reasons why organisations should promote health and wellness.

Business advantages that come from promoting health and wellbeing in the workplace, include:

Increased productivity.

Enhanced staff decision-making capabilities.

Reduced risk of long-term health problems.

Fewer sick leave and absenteeism.

Reduced employee turnover.

Improved talent attraction.

Better company culture.

Increased ROI on training.

Healthy employees have better morale, motivation, and concentration. Quite simply, workers can make far better decisions when they are happy and healthy.

On average, healthy workplace environments are 15% more productive.

So, how do businesses create a healthy work environment?

There are numerous ways to promote health and wellbeing in the workplace, and each company will have their unique strategy.

However, here are some steps we think every organisation should take

Establish a workplace commitment.

Firstly, it is important to establish an agreed commitment.

From the management team to the employees, everyone needs to get on board and commit to achieving a healthy workplace environment.

Additionally, businesses should also seek to get everyone involved.

Allow employee voices to be heard. Do they have concerns? Can they identify areas that need improvement? Do they feel comfortable with the current work-life balance? Do workers feel like they can talk about their health problems to the management team?

Next, formulate a plan.

Take employee feedback onboard and identify key areas for improvement. Then, formulate a plan that addresses existing issues or problems.

For example, if employees identify that there are no healthy options in the cafeteria, then perhaps the plan can focus on this.

If employees report high levels of stress, then this area needs to be addressed.

If workers feel like they cannot talk about their mental health problems to the management team, then perhaps communication within the workplace needs to improve.

When creating your plan to promote health and wellbeing in the workplace, be sure to keep things relevant to your workers’ specific needs.

Take action.

Make changes that benefit your employees.

Give them the correct training and education to ensure success.

But remember, some changes will take time to take effect, and workplace culture cannot change overnight.

Overall, if businesses commit to making positive changes, and carefully plan their actions, then they should be able to successfully encourage health and wellbeing in the workplace.

What simple changes can businesses make?

Check out our previous article to find out 5 simple things businesses can do to improve health and wellbeing in the workplace.

https://www.ajuda.org.uk/2021/05/19/5-simple-things-businesses-can-do-to-improve-health-and-wellbeing-in-the-workplace/ 

 

To summarise, here are 5 changes we think businesses can make today:

        Promote a healthy diet.

        Encourage exercise.

        Show praise and recognition.

        Improve employee’s work-life balance.

        Educate employees on physical and mental health.

 

Lockdown’s Effect on Health and Wellness.

In this blog post, we will look at the impact lockdown has had on people’s health and wellness. 

Overall, the pandemic has been a terrible time for a lot of people, and although needed, the government lockdowns have had a detrimental effect on people’s health and wellness. 

Increased Stress and Anxiety 

Fear of the virus, the anxiety of losing one’s job, the stress of working from home; there are many reasons why people may be feeling increased feelings of stress and anxiety during these times. 

Research has shown that in March 2020, when lockdowns first started, 49.6% of people reported an increase in high levels of anxiety. 

Stress and anxiety can cause a range of health problems, including:

– Anger issues. 

– Poor sleep. 

– Increased use of tobacco, alcohol, and other harmful substances. 

– Headaches and migraines. 

– Depression. 

– Increased blood pressure. 

– Further health risks. 

It is important to remember that stress and anxiety are not just feelings, they are physical changes that can be felt by the body. 

Rising blood pressure, constricting blood vessels, increased hormones; these physiological changes can lead to a variety of further health problems. 

Increased Loneliness 

The experience of working-from-home, or being stuck in the house, has left many people with feelings of loneliness. And, as naturally social beings, feelings of loneliness can have an extremely negative impact on people’s health and wellness. 

Studies have linked social isolation to higher risks of mental and physical conditions, such as high blood pressure, obesity, depression, anxiety, and many more. 

Feelings of loneliness during lockdown have been particularly prevalent amongst young adults, with 50% of 16-24 years olds reported feelings of ‘lockdown loneliness.’ 

Work-related Issues 

The relationship between work and health can not be underestimated. People who experience work-related issues, often also experience problems with their health and wellness. 

For some, working from home has been somewhat of a gift. But for others, this has been a tough time of adaptation and change. It really depends on the individual. 

Of course, many are now returning to their workplaces and offices. However, after a year of turmoil, returning to work can also cause stress and anxiety.

Essentially, returning to a job after a period of absence can be overwhelming and challenging.   

Overall, employers and businesses must support their staff during these difficulties, and make sure that they are ready to adapt. 

Maintaining and monitoring Health and wellness in the workplace is essential. 

In Conclusion

Again, although completely necessary, lockdown has had detrimental impact on people’s health and wellness. Stress, loneliness, depression, work-related anxiety; there many issues at play.
On a lighter note, it has not all been doom and gloom. There have been some positive impacts.
Some people have taken lockdown as a sign to prioritise their physical and mental health. Exercise is on the rise, and many more people are starting to see the importance of personal wellbeing.
Either way, now more than ever, it is important to show people support and help them overcome any issues. To reiterate, employers and businesses need to maintain and monitor employees’ health and wellness in the workplace.

What is CPR and why is it important? The medical technique performed on Christian Eriksen.

Many footballer fans and viewers from around the world were left shocked on the 12th of June, as renowned Danish footballer, Christian Eriksen, collapsed on the pitch in Denmark’s Euro 2020 match against Finland.

It has since been confirmed that the sportsman had suffered from a cardiac arrest.

Luckily, a team of medical professionals were able to swiftly treat the athlete and perform the CPR technique, undoubtedly saving him.The lifesaving actions of both the players and medical professionals serve as a reminder of just how important learning first aid and CPR is.

What is CPR?

CPR stands for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.

It is a first-aid technique that involves performing chest compressions and rescue breaths on the victim. Essentially, this action replaces the role of the heart and lungs, pumping blood and oxygen around the victim’s body. 

This life-saving technique can be used in emergencies such as hearts attacks or a near-drowning, wherein the victim’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped.

It is recommended that individuals perform CPR even if they are somewhat unsure of how to do so. But, of course, first-aid training and CPR knowledge is extremely important.

How do I perform CPR?

If you witness a cardiac arrest, you must call 999 and start CPR immediately.

Due to the current pandemic, the British Heart Foundation has made some minor changes to how CPR is to be performed, but here are the current steps:

Step 1: Shake and shout for help.

Step 2: Call 999.

Step 3: Don't put your face close to theirs. If you think there's a risk of infection, use a towel or a piece of clothing and lay it over their mouth and nose.

Step 4: Give chest compressions only – do not give rescue breaths.

Step 5: Continue until an ambulance arrives.

Step 6: After the ambulance has taken over wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand gel.

Learning CPR is invaluable and can potentially save a life.

Click here to watch BHF’s guide on giving CPR during the coronavirus pandemic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKUY4kUllog&t=43s

Book onto one of our fully accredited courses today

Contact us on 02920576883 or email admin@ajuda.org.uk

Changes have been made to the training you now need for a front-line SIA license.

Security Industry Authority (SIA) front-line license holders will be required to complete compulsory first aid training. 

As you may or may not be aware, from the 1st of April 2021, Door Supervisor or Security Guard license applicants will now be required to complete first aid training. 

In addition, those looking to renew their SIA license will be required to complete training from the 1st of October 2021. 

More specifically, front line SIA license holders will be required to complete an Emergency First Aid at Work qualification (or an equivalent) before training to be a door supervisor or security guard. 

Why is the SIA making these changes? 

The SIA has decided to make these changes to keep the public safe and improve the skills of license holders. 

Those working in the private, front-line security industry must understand how to both follow new working practices and make the best use of new technology. 

Do I have to have the first aid training before I do my door supervisor or security guard top-up training?

To clarify, the SIA has clearly stated that both new license applicants and those looking to take top-up training will be required to complete Emergency First Aid at Working training (or equivalent training). 

Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF) 

Here at Ajuda, we can provide the Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF).

Furthermore, this Regulated Qualification is ideal for anyone wishing to become an SIA license holder and provides learners with the skills and knowledge to deal with first aid situations in a low-risk workplace environment for the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981. 

On completion of this course, delegates will be able to: 

1. Understand the role and responsibilities of a first aider. 

2. Be able to assess an incident. 

3. Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is breathing normally (recovery position). 

4. Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is not breathing normally (CPR). 

5. Be able to recognise and assist a casualty who is choking. 

6. Be able to manage a casualty with external bleeding. 

7. Be able to manage a casualty who is in shock. 

8. Be able to manage a casualty with a minor injury. 

We want to work with you. 

At Ajuda, we have been delivering accredited First Aid qualifications for the security industry since 2006, and we have already welcomed many SIA License Holders since the start of 2021 in preparation for the proposed changes mentioned above. 

We thrive on watching all our candidates succeed and we have a 98% pass rate on all accredited qualifications. 

Above all, our prices are highly competitive, starting at just £795 + vat per group of 12 delegates. That is only £66.25 per person for a fully accredited qualification in first aid. 

What is even better, is the fact we will come to your place of work and train your staff in a venue of your choice; at a time and date that best suits your needs. 

We can help you be ready for the changes that are about the come. 

Click Here

Or contact Kris in the office –

Tel – 02920576883 Email – Admin@ajuda.org.uk

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Show (Virtual) 2021

The Mental Health  and Wellbeing Show is tomorrow

Here at Ajuda we are all super excited to be sponsoring and exhibiting at this Virtual Event on May 20th 2021

This will be an all-day show, aiming to promote positive mental health

Thursday May 20th 

Virtual Tickets 

Free Entry

There will be an exciting Ajuda Stand, so pop along and interact with Kris, who is going to be there all day and ready to assist.

The Mental Health & Wellbeing Show – a professional Virtual interactive all-day show on the 20th May 2021. By using state of the art technology the show will allow you to feel like you are at a real live event without actually leaving the house or office. Aiming to promote positive mental health through open conversation, promoting awareness and sharing real-life experiences.

The show will include a selection of seminars focused on topics such as coping with mental illness, ways to promote positive mental health, and how to support people around you who are suffering with ill mental health. Alongside this is an exhibition with over 60 charities, organisations and companies promoting their helpful resources, services and initiatives designed to support positive mental health and wellbeing.

The event is suitable for:

Adult Services, Schools, GPs, NHS Staff, CAMHS, Housing Associations, Charities, Youth Clubs, Staff in Residential Housing for Children and Mental Health, Foster Carers, Rehabilitation Centres, Colleges, Police Services, Sports Clubs, Spiritual and Holistic Therapists and many more!

Seminar and workshop topics will include;

Experiencing and living with mental health conditions including; Depression, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, OCD, Post Natal Depression, Psychosis, Suicidal Thoughts. Mental Health recovery and journey, Mental Health in the workplace, school, college, university. Overcoming Eating Disorders, Addiction, Self Harm. The advantages of mindfulness, holistic therapies, meditation, sports and activities, arts and creative therapies. Living with Autism. The connection of diet & nutrition and mental health, The LGBTIQ+ community, The Role of the Mental Health First Aider in the Workplace, The Role of the Mental Health Lead in Schools. Psychological treatments. Experiencing loss, Peer support, Student life, Homelessness, Disability, Reducing stress and many more.

This event is sponsored and supported by Ajuda 

BOOK FREE TICKETS HERE

Seminar tickets now available here 

5 Simple things businesses can do to improve health and wellbeing in the workplace.

Unfortunately, work-related stress will likely never disappear.

However, that doesn’t mean businesses shouldn’t try to make the workplace as stress-free as possible and promote wellness within the company.

It is essential for employees to feel supported, safe, energised, and healthy.

Here are 5 simple things businesses can do to promote health and wellbeing in the workplace.

Promote a Healthy Diet

Diet has a huge impact on mental health, and the food we eat can influence our mood, motivation and productivity in work.

It is important to feed our brains the right nutrients and give our bodies sufficient energy for the day.

Businesses don’t need be pushy in promoting a healthy diet, and this step isn’t us saying only serve chicken and rice every day.

Simply provide healthy options where possible and promote the idea that healthy eating is good for the brain and body.

Encourage Exercise

We all know the benefits of exercise on the body, but physical exercise also has been proven to be extremely beneficial to our mental health.

From combating anxiety, stress, and depression, to boosting mental energy and productivity levels; exercise can have a profound impact on the health and wellness of the workplace.

Again, the key is to not be too pushy and demand all employees head straight to the gym.

For businesses, encouraging exercise could include daily step-count goals, virtual walking challenges or exercise during workhours.

Praise and Recognition

For some, the workplace may affect their health and wellness in that they don’t feel recognised or appreciated for the work they do.

Business can promote a workplace that recognises and praises achievements and hard work:

If someone has done a particularly good job one day, let them know.

If someone else has met a specific goal, congratulate them.

Or, if someone has reached their step-count goal for the day, praise them.

Work-life Balance

Perhaps now, more than ever, people are starting to see the importance of a work-life balance, and the affect this balance can have on one’s health and wellness.

Some prefer working from home, whilst some like working in an office environment. Each person is unique, and copes with work-related stress in different ways.

Of course, it is ultimately down to the business on where people work and what hours they do. But concepts such as flex-work time and no emails past work hours could go a long way in improving employees work-life balance, and boosting their health and wellbeing.

Education

To promote wellness in the workplace, business and employees could see to educate themselves on health and wellbeing.

Mental health is varied subject; but businesses and employees could learn about the prevention of serious complications, ways to help, how to communicate, the scale of alcohol abuse in the UK, or best business practices in terms of health and wellbeing.

Overall, it is important to encourage a workplace where talking about mental health issues and illness isn’t a taboo subject.

Everyone in the workplace will benefit from culture that shows gratitude to those who deserve it.

Click the link below to browse the many Mental Health courses Ajuda have to offer

www.ajuda.org.uk

We currently have smaller class sizes so would advise contacting us to check availability before booking any courses.

Contact the office on 02920576883 if you have any questions.

Have you been made Redundant???

You could get Funding for your Training and Development

ReAct is a funding scheme provided by the Welsh Government for anyone who's facing redundancy and lives in Wales.

It's a grant that funds qualifications and courses to aid your personal development, allowing you to bring your skills up-to-date and add valuable qualifications to your CV.

ReAct awards up to £1,500 to fund your training. You can split the funding between numerous courses and it can help you cover expenses while you train, like childcare and travel, if you need extra support.

All you have to do is chat to an adviser at Careers Wales who'll discuss your options, complete your funding paperwork and put you in touch with a training provider – that's where we come in.

Here at Ajuda we are committed to helping the Welsh Government and Careers Wales to deliver the ReAct retraining programme. We specialise in certain industries and topics, so when you're shopping around for the right course, be sure to check out all the courses we have available to you..

We can help you gain qualifications in:

  • First Aid
  • Mental Health First Aid (Adult and Youth courses available)
  • Fire Safety
  • Fire Marshal
  • Leadership and management
  • Business skills
  • Education and training
  • Customer service
  • Health and safety

All of these courses and many more can be found here

What sets us apart from the competition?

We have a team of reliable dedicated, enthusiastic dedicated trainers ready to teach 24 hours a day, 7 days per week if required.

We can teach our courses through the medium of Welsh.

All our professional trainers hold full teaching qualifications.

Ajuda offer free First Aid Training to local school children.

Our exam papers are available in 14 different languages.

Our industry knowledge is extemporary

Where do I start if i want to access the Welsh Government's ReAct funding?

1. Call Careers Wales on 0800 028 4844 and make an appointment

Once you are booked in, all you need to do is turn up for a chat. This will be when you discuss what training is best suited to you. You'll have personal support from a specialist guidance adviser, who will help you look at your CV, discuss your work experience and map out your career ahead. They'll advise which courses you'd benefit from and you can tell them which skills you'd like to develop.

2. Help Careers Wales to fill out your application

You will now need to apply to the Welsh Government to access the £1,500 grant. Careers Wales fills out the forms on your behalf based on what you want to do and what's discussed in your meeting. They will make it really easy for your so you can concentrate on your future.

3. Pick who you want to deliver your course

There are a number of training providers that are ready to deliver courses through the ReAct retraining programme. Ajuda is one of the providers based in Cardiff Bay. All you will need to do is let us know that you have secured the grant and we will book you onto course your interested in.

4. The Welsh Government pays your course fees

You do not need to do anything.

Our team at Ajuda will contact Careers Wales and the Welsh Government, so the billing process happens completely behind the scenes.

5. Enjoy Your Training Course(s)

All you need to to is attend the course and enjoy learning new skills.

Contact Careers Wales today

We are ready to welcome you to our Learning Academy

New training course launched – Covid Secure for Office

Here at Ajuda we are passionate about delivering the best training and are always looking for new courses that are relevant to our learners.

With this is mind we are proud to announce that we have a specially tailored training course fo anyone returning to an office environment after being of furlough or even if you are completely new to working in an office. This course will give you the skills and understanding around how you and your colleagues can remain covid safe whilst working.

Completely delivered via Zoom or teams so completely convenient for all to attend.

Click Here to find out more

Register your interest for dates in April by contacting Kris on 02920576 or email admin@ajuda.org.uk

Virtual Mental Health & Wellbeing Show 2021

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Show -A New exciting Virtual all-day show on the 20th May 2021, aiming to promote positive mental health

Thursday 20th May 2021
Virtual Tickets
FREE ENTRY

The Mental Health & Wellbeing Show – a professional Virtual interactive all-day show on the 20th May 2021. By using state of the art technology the show will allow you to feel like you are at a real live event without actually leaving the house or office. Aiming to promote positive mental health through open conversation, promoting awareness and sharing real-life experiences.

The show will include a selection of seminars focused on topics such as coping with mental illness, ways to promote positive mental health, and how to support people around you who are suffering with ill mental health. Alongside this is an exhibition with over 60 charities, organisations and companies promoting their helpful resources, services and initiatives designed to support positive mental health and wellbeing.

The event is suitable for:

Adult Services, Schools, GPs, NHS Staff, CAMHS, Housing Associations, Charities, Youth Clubs, Staff in Residential Housing for Children and Mental Health, Foster Carers, Rehabilitation Centres, Colleges, Police Services, Sports Clubs, Spiritual and Holistic Therapists and many more!

Seminar and workshop topics will include;

Experiencing and living with mental health conditions including; Depression, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, OCD, Post Natal Depression, Psychosis, Suicidal Thoughts. Mental Health recovery and journey, Mental Health in the workplace, school, college, university. Overcoming Eating Disorders, Addiction, Self Harm. The advantages of mindfulness, holistic therapies, meditation, sports and activities, arts and creative therapies. Living with Autism. The connection of diet & nutrition and mental health, The LGBTIQ+ community, The Role of the Mental Health First Aider in the Workplace, The Role of the Mental Health Lead in Schools. Psychological treatments. Experiencing loss, Peer support, Student life, Homelessness, Disability, Reducing stress and many more.

This event is sponsored and supported by Ajuda 

BOOK FREE TICKETS HERE

Seminar tickets now availabile here 

Black Friday Offer on Virtual Mental Health First Aid Courses

Learning In Lockdown

In these ever changing times we have been working hard behind the scenes adapting some of our most popular training courses so that they can be delivered virtually via Zoom or Teams

This is a very exciting time for us at Ajuda as we launch Virtual Learning as well as continuing all the face to face training that we have been delivering over the last 11 years.

We have a fantastic Black Friday offer with a great saving on the usual cost of our Mental Health First Aid courses.

These are £99+vat instead of £165+vat for December dates below.

To book onto any of these courses contact the office on 02920576883 or email admin@ajuda.org.uk

2020 Pride of Britain Award for Rhian Mannings

Rhian Mannings who set up the charity 2 Wish Upon A Star will receive a Special Recognition Award with NHS front-line staff, footballer-turned-food campaigner Marcus Rashford, and charity fundraiser Captain Sir Tom Moore also being honoured.

In February 2012, Rhian was playing with her son George while her husband Paul was downstairs making a cup of tea.

George suffered a sudden seizure and despite efforts of staff at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant, died shortly after arriving.

It was later discovered that the 12-month-old had been suffering from bronchial pneumonia and type A influenza.

Unable to cope with the sudden and devastating loss of his son and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, Paul took his own life five days later at the age of 33.

Rhian, who admitted she could barely function for months, said the turning point came when she launched 2 Wish Upon A Star to support others suffering from the sudden loss of a child or young person, giving them the help she and Paul never had.

The charity is now working with almost every accident and emergency department in Wales and operates family rooms in hospitals to provide a private place of comfort and support after sudden bereavement.

It also works with police forces, offers counselling and support to people who have lost a young person suddenly, as well as those who have witnessed a sudden death.

Former teacher Rhian, from Miskin, Pontyclun, said the Pride of Britain awards hold a special place in her heart.

“I struggle to talk about it, which is very unlike me. It's only because I'm just so overwhelmed,” she said.

“Paul and I used to watch the awards on television together and we used to always think how amazing these people were.

“I just cannot believe I've been recognised, and it means their legacy is having a massive impact – and that's what it's always been about since 2012.”

Rhian, who was awarded an MBE in 2019, said that while very few children had died from Covid-19, the charity had seen a surge in young people taking their own lives since March.

“The mental health of our youngsters is massive and we have had a significant increase in young suicides,” she said.

“So our work has to continue to support these families. We have to be there and we're just reaching out for people to come forward and support our organisation.”

Rhian with husband Paul Burke and baby George (Image: Rhian Mannings)

You can find out how to get involved and more by clicking on the link below 

All of us at Ajuda are all super proud of Rhian Manning and would like to congratulate her on her Pride of Britain Award.