It can be tough starting a new job. Add to that a global pandemic, remote working, and not having met your new colleagues face to face… even harder!

I was a bit apprehensive to start my job remotely, as I am prone to anxiety and depression. In the past, I have felt that asking for help was a sign of weakness. I was somewhat concerned this bad habit would resurface. I had read about Hotwire’s thoughtful working practice, but I wasn’t sure if that would really make a difference to me.

Now, 7 weeks in, I realise how lucky I was to join Hotwire! I have found the organisation to be open, transparent, and honest to the core. Even without meeting face to face, I already feel supported by my colleagues in ways I never have before at work.

It also helps to have a great range of wellbeing options available so that you can find what’s right for you. There are free yoga and meditation sessions, led by our US colleagues. I have also enjoyed using a premium Headspace subscription which is helping me get to sleep. I like the options such as evening meditations or soundscapes to help you switch off.

This is all great but, as we all know, there will be ups and downs - even more so during the current lockdown we find ourselves in. But, if I find myself falling back into bad habits, like bottling up my feelings, it is good to know there will always be someone I can message or call. Our roster of mental health first aiders are there. Alternatively, if I want to speak to someone external, I can call the Employee Assistance line in confidence anytime.

Last, but by no means least, I am inspired by the amazing people I have met - via Zoom, of course. We have regular video updates from our CEO, Barb, and our UK MD, Tara, which makes it feel much more personal than just another email. 

I have also been reading about my global colleagues and leaders own personal stories in our #BRINGYOURWHOLESELF e-book. They inspire me to be more open, honest, and transparent too, safe in the knowledge that I will be supported on my limitless journey with Hotwire.

This Mental Health Awareness Week, I hope you too can start to feel how powerful it is when you bring your whole self to work. Take 10 mins out to read some of these great examples and let us know your thoughts using #BRINGYOURWHOLESELF and #HWLimitless.

Mental Health Awareness Week is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, and takes place from 18-24 May 2020. The theme this year is kindness. Further resources are available via Mind