World Mental Health Day 2017
Top tips for staying well at work...
Reclaim your lunch break
Firstly, always remember to take it. Whether you are stepping away from your desk or out of your car make sure you spend a period of your working day not doing anything work related. Why not make the most of that 45 minutes by trying some of these suggestions...
- Organise a picnic
Take advantage of the Autumn sun and make the most of clean air and good food with your colleagues. Or you could organise your visits around your leaners so you can share a break together.
- Hold a group activity
If there’s a green space near your workplace why not organise a game of rounders or football, hold a guerrilla gardening session, or a group walk? Take time to enjoy the outdoors and get re-energised for an afternoon of productive work.
- Read a book or listen to a podcast
Books and podcasts are the easiest way to switch off your mind. Remember to find a nice, safe, quiet spot to park your car or to go and sit so you can really emerse yourself.
Take up a challenge
Local sponsored walks or marathons are a great way to keep active. Sign with your colleagues and train together. Participating as part of a team can give a communal sense of achievement when you complete the challenge. You could even support Mind’s work by signing up to one of our running events.
Whistle while you work
If you’re feeling stressed, listening to a calming song can take your mind off work for a few minutes and help you unwind and refocus. Research has found slow, quiet music can encourage relaxation and reduce anxiety.
When you’re working hard to complete a task, music can also help eliminate distractions around you. By blocking out the noise of your fellow workers, machinery or bleeping phones you can focus easier on the task at hand.
Listen to your favourite song as a simple treat to yourself. Rewarding yourself is a great way for your general wellbeing, giving you some added motivation so you can better tackle a big workload.
Getting the work-life balance right...
Are you often the last to leave work?
We know you’ll have times when you need to work overtime to meet deadlines, but try to make this the exception not the norm. Long hours means you may be working harder, but not better – they’ll quickly take their toll on your concentration, productiveness and health.
Create clear boundaries between work and home
Try not to let work spill over into your personal life. If you need to bring work home, designate a separate area for work and stick to it, you’ll find it much easier to then close the door on work.
Start a To Do list
At the end of each day, go over your list and write up one for the next day, when your thoughts are down on paper, you’ll find it easier to not think about work.
Use the time on your commute home to wind down from work
Read a book or listen to your music to set aside some time to yourself. Maybe try cycling part of your journey or getting off a stop early to take a shortcut through a park or quiet streets. These little actions can really help you to switch off.
Ask for help
If you feel your workload is spiraling out of control, take opportunity to discuss it with your manager or supervisor. If you can't resolve the problem of unrealistic goals, organisation problems or deadlines in this way talk to your HR team or other relevant members of staff.
Five steps to wellbeing
The new economics foundation pinpointed five essential steps to improving wellbeing on a daily basis. They're a great way to start thinking about how you can improve your daily working life. Click here to read more about them.
Do you have some tips on how to keep your mental health in check at work? Share them below to help your colleagues keep a healthy work/life balance.
For more information on managing your mental health, or the mental health of your team in the workplace, please click on the below to access some further resources:
- The Mental Health Foundation website has lots of helpful guides, blogs, podcast and articles.
- Managing mental health in the workplace PDF from the Mental Health Foundation.
If you feel you need to reach out to someone about your mental health you can always speak to your line manager, your HRBP or call our free, confidential and anonymous Employee Assistance Helpline on 0800 328 1437.