The New Guy by Chris Collier
by Chris Collier
May 17th, 2023

Pressing Pause for Self-Care

May’s Mental Health Awareness Month, observed in the United States since 1949, is significant to Ashley Becker, administrative office manager at Shore Tint and More in Seaford, Del. An advocate for self-care in the window film industry, Becker gardens and spends time with her loved ones to overcome her anxieties and pressures.

Please Hold

“Any time I get to spend with my son is everything,” Becker shared with me. “I love spending time with my family, and I love gardening. I could plant flowers all day. Anytime I can get my hair or nails done, even if it’s for 15-20 minutes, that’s all I need.”

I enjoy taking walks right after clocking out each day to clear my mind.

Becker deals with customers daily and says they’ve become more challenging to work with post-COVID-19

“I suffer from anxiety,” says Becker, who’s worked at Shore Tint and More for three years. “A lot of people don’t understand mental health. They don’t think it’s real. It’s nice to have a whole month where people learn about it and find out that it is real; anything from anxiety to depression [struggles].”

Whether her days are good or bad, Becker takes time to schedule self-care activities for her entire team.

“I always make sure that, once a month, we schedule massages,” she says. “That’s an hour of peace and quiet. We get to take our time to focus on relaxing. There’s always time.”

Take Care

This year, the National Alliance on Mental Illness is commemorating Mental Health Awareness Month with the More Than Enough campaign.

“It’s an opportunity for all of us to come together and remember the inherent value we each hold— no matter our diagnosis, appearance, socioeconomic status, background or ability,” the organization cites. “We want every person out there to know that if all you did was wake up today, that’s more than enough. No matter what, you are inherently worthy of more than enough life, love and healing. Showing up, just as you are, for yourself and the people around you is more than enough.”

Me Time

Journalism is a highly-rewarding career path, and I thoroughly enjoy working as editor of WINDOW FILM magazine and PPFMag. But it’s crucial for all of us to take time for ourselves outside of work by pursuing passions and hobbies.

Taking walks and watching movies and television shows are my favorite ways to unwind after a long workday. What are your favorite ways to decompress from the daily grind? Feel free to reach out to me at ccollier@glass.com or drop a comment below.

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