Mental Health Awareness Week takes place on the 13th – 19th May this year and it is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. Mental Health is being talked about a lot more which is great. However, there still is a long way to go. Especially within the workplace where people tend to mask their true feelings.
Approximately, 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. We don’t just want to ignore this statistic, that’s why we have come up with 5 top tips on how you can improve your mental wellbeing within your workplace.
1) Be Active
Exercising is a great way to destress as it releases hormones that make you feel good. It is important to make the most of your lunch break and get away from your desk. Instead, enjoy some fresh air and have that time to yourself to relax and unwind.
2) Listen To Music
Put some feel-good tunes on and enjoy! Not only does music have a positive impact on your overall mood but the right music can also improve your overall productivity by keeping your mind focused.
3) Work-life Balance
Having a work-life balance is crucial as it reduces stress and helps maintain a healthy work environment. Make time to enjoy yourself outside work and reduce the risk of feeling burnout. A healthy work-life balance improves your mental health and increases productivity.
4) Eat Well
Eating well does not just benefit our physical health. It also has a large impact on our mental health too. That’s why it is so important to eat the right type of food to fuel your body with good energy. Make sure you keep hydrated throughout your working day by drinking plenty of water which will help keep those concentration levels up and reduce the risk of headaches and feeling fatigued.
5) Speak Up
We want to spread the message this mental health awareness week that it is okay to talk about your mental wellbeing. You shouldn’t have to filter your feelings. If you are feeling stressed or anxious at work, ask for help. Everyone needs a hand from time to time. Whatever the issue, be honest with your manager or a colleague. Try not to bottle it up. Speak up and create a working environment where you can be open, honest and share positivity together.
If you do feel like you can’t speak to your colleagues, family or friends about how you are feeling there are plenty of other people that you can speak too.
Samaritans offer emotional support 24 hours a day and everything that you say will be confidential.
Mind have an information line to answer questions about a range of mental health topics.
For more information about mental wellbeing, take a look at the Mental Health Foundation today. They offer great advice, and they have plenty of information to support you or someone you know who may be suffering from a mental health problem.