Wellbeing In The Workplace

January 16, 2020

Wellbeing In The Workplace

We’re halfway into January, how did that happen? 
I’m sure you are now all back to work and the blues might be kicking in. It’s estimated we spend almost a third of our lives at work, so it’s no wonder it has such an impact on our wellbeing. Feeling stressed at work this can trickle into our social life and relationships, which can lead to poor mental health. 
If you’re less productive than usual,  feeling negative about work or exhausted from just thinking about work; fear not.

We have 5 tips to whip your work wellbeing back into shape.  

Take a walk
Whether you work inside or outside, when we are at work we can often let work consume us. So stepping outside of your work environment can give your mind and body a much-needed break. 

Going for a walk or sitting somewhere in nature can reset your brain and make you feel calm. Try doing a few breathing exercises,  focus on your senses and watch your worries fall away. 

Have a human conversation
So often at work, we lose sense of each other's humanity. This can mean we forget that we are all human with real-life problems, that we all have bad days and can leave us much less forgiving of each other's mistakes and feelings. 
By treating others as you would a friend we can start having more conversations and build better relationships, which as humans we all crave to feel content. This leaves you in the position to be honest when you’re having a bad day, and chat with your manager or colleague when you are struggling inside or outside of work. 
Give it a go and see the changes it makes to your work life. 

Share stress relief tips
We all feel overwhelmed and stressed at work, meaning that we all have our own ways of dealing with it. Try getting your team together to share their tips for stress-busting, what works for someone may be the trick you have been looking for!
You can also share work management and productivity tips for an all-around better work environment. This will also allow you to have more human conversations (see they all link) and understand others' problems in the workplace. 

Set realistic expectations
Let’s be honest, sometimes you are just given a task that isn’t feasible and that’s okay - we aren’t superheroes after all! However, if you are feeling stressed and overworked, talk to your manager. Go to them and set expectations for what you can realistically achieve, they will appreciate this much more than come deadline day when you haven’t completed your task. 
Plus it will make you seem a lot more professional - win-win in our books. 

Write tomorrow's to-do list
Many of us find it difficult to switch off after work - who can blame us? In a world where overtime is increasingly common and emails come straight through to your phone, it can seem almost impossible. In this case, writing a to-do list for the next day can ease your mind and leave you feeling prepared for the day ahead when you come in the next morning. 
This can be particularly helpful on a day before your day off (not all of us are blessed to work Monday - Friday) and can let you enjoy your time off.

Longterm Recovery Rates for Anxiety Surprise Researchers

. It’s the most common psychiatric illness and we still know so little about the factors that contribute to the recovery. Until now… 

Canadian researchers were heartened to report earlier this week that there is hope for people suffering from anxiety! Researchers from the University of Toronto have been investigating three levels of recovery in a huge group of 2000 Canadians with a history of GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder). 

And guess what, a whopping 72% with a history of GAD have been free of the mental health condition for at least one year! 40% were in a state of excellent mental health, and almost 60% had no other mental illness or addiction issues, such as suicidal thoughts, substance dependence, a major depressive disorder or a bipolar disorder, in the past year. 

To be defined in excellent mental health, respondents had to achieve three things: Almost daily happiness or life satisfaction in the past month; high levels of social and psychological well-being in the past month; and freedom from generalised anxiety disorder and depressive disorders, suicidal thoughts and substance dependence for at least the preceding full year.

This is incredible news! It shows that with removing the stigma from mental health we can get studies like this underway. Bringing hope to people who suffer from GAD and other mental illnesses to overcome them!


 This week's Mindful Moment... 

Last week the FA delayed every FA Cup third round matches by 60 seconds to play a short film narrated by the Duke of Cambridge to encourage fans to consider their mental wellbeing. It is a collaboration between Public Health England's (PHE) Every Mind Matters and the Football Association and Heads Together's Heads Up campaign.

The film features footballs such as Dele Alli,  Son Heung-min, Jesse Lingard, Harry Maguire and Jordan Pickford. It will also be broadcast to those watching the games at home on TV.

Prince William, who is president of the FA, says in the film: "In life, as in football, we all go through highs and lows. "We can all sometimes feel anxious or stressed. At moments even the little things can seem a struggle. But we can all start to change things.” The Duke said the Heads Up campaign (which was launched in 2016 by himself, the Duchess of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex) aims to use football "to spread to message that we all have mental health, just as we all have physical health".

What an amazing chance to spread the word about mental health through football!

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