Mental health problems are common, especially at work. At least one in six workers are experiencing common mental health problems that can range from anxiety to depression.
Many people still feel awkward about approaching the subject of mental health at work however, there are small, simple steps you can use today, to look after yourself, ensuring you come into work each day in the right headspace.
There is a lot of research that shows feeling close to, and valued by other people is a fundamental human need, and it contributes to functioning well in the world.
Try something different today to get connected to your work colleagues.
1) Don't send an email, go and talk to the person
2) Speak to someone new! this could be someone in your shared office building or the new employee
3) Go for a walk at lunch with your colleagues
There is a mountain of evidence that points to the mental benefits of regular physical activity across all age groups. It can help lower rates of depression and anxiety. Can slow age-related cognitive decline and is essential for promoting wellbeing.
Try something new today to get more active
1) Take the stairs
2) Go for a walk at lunch (get connected)
3) Get off the bus one stop earlier than usual and walk the final part of your commute
4) Organise a sporting activity with your colleagues
Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place around you enhances your wellbeing and savouring 'the moment' can really help reaffirm your life goals. Being mindful also helps your 'self-understanding' and allows you to make more positive choices based on your values and motivations.
Reach zen by improving your work environment or taking time to enjoy the moment
1) Get a plant for your workspace
2) Take an alternative route too or from work
3) Try to notice how your co-workers are acting or feeling
The practice of setting goals, which is related to adult learning, in particular, has been strongly associated with higher levels of well being.
Continued learning through life enhances your self-esteem, encourages social interactions and a more active lifestyle.
Here are some ideas you can try to learn something new today
1) Sign up for a new gym class
2) Learn a new word or skill at work
3) Do a crossword or Sudoku
4) Research that 'thing' you have always wondered about.
Participation in social and community life has attracted a lot of attention in the field of wellbeing research. Giving to others has shown that committing acts of kindness is associated with increased wellbeing. Individuals that report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy.
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