Most of us spend December in a strange state of autopilot.
It’s the busiest time of the year, where you juggle the Christmas rush with work.
For gas engineers and plumbers the cold weather means boiler breakdowns, cracked pipes and people desperate for heating and hot water to work.
Trades people, particularly sole traders, can end up working way over 40 hours per week, particularly this time of year, because of the financial reward.
Some even stay on call on Christmas day (we salute these heroic guys and girls).
It’s a lucrative time of year but it can be exhausting for both the body and the mind, where even fitting in the time to see friends and family can seem stressful.
It is important to take some time for yourself, plan a little and know that if things get tough, there is help out there.
Objectives & Goals
One of the best ways to kick start a new year and to stay focused is by writing a list of objectives.
First off spend a little time thinking about what you want to prioritise.
There are some big changes that will affect both the gas and electrical industry in 2018.
It would be wise to make sure you are ready, set reminders and make a note of any training, retraining or literature you might need so you are well prepared.
If your goal is self-improvement, set yourself a realistic target.
Financial targets are also helpful, they give you something to work for, motivating you when necessary.
Travel is also great to aim for. Holiday goals should always be a part of a healthy New Years resolution list.
If you are a Logic4training customer, we also send out reminders so that you know when your qualifications are going to lapse.
If you’re not sure, you can always contact us too, we’re always happy to help!
Spend time on yourself and your family
Family time and YOU time is just as important as working.
Modern life can seem so centred on the career, it can be easy to forget to enjoy those moments.
It is vital to retain a good work/home life balance. It recharges your batteries and provides you with the moments you really live for.
Don’t forget to give yourself those time outs.
Read more, listen to music, talk to people, do some sport and give yourself some quiet moments to reflect and be thankful (well it is that time of year after all).
Talk about it
If things are feeling a little overwhelming don’t be afraid to talk to someone.
Mental health issues are so common in the construction and building services industry, probably because the industry is still predominantly male and men don’t talk.
A Construction News survey from earlier in 2017 revealed that more than half of respondents had experienced mental health issues.
A quarter of those had considered suicide.
The trades and construction industry can get a little competitive from time to time, but we all need to look out for each other.
Construction Industry Helpline 0345 605 1956 – managed and funded by the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity
Mind, the mental health charity 0300 123 3393 – provides advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem
The Samaritans 116 123 – confidential 24-hour support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts