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With over 92% of employees not wanting to disclose mental health issues to their employer feeling it will have a negative effect on their career, we’re encouraging employers to break through the stigma. So open up communication and share these top tips with your employees to promote better mental health in your workplace:
- Step away from the coffee – we all know that life is best balanced, but are you really considering what you’re putting into your body? This includes keeping hydrated, drinking lots of water and avoiding too much caffeine. Studies recommend limiting yourself to 400mg of caffeine a day, which is approx. 3 cups of coffee or 4 cups of tea. If you want more hot drink options, herbal teas or decaffeinated versions are a better alternative.
- Stress affects us all – start to value yourself, remember we’re all human and focus on all your successes (no matter how great or small).
- ‘Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.’ – Dr. Seuss
- Take a break – schedule ‘pause’ moments away from your workstation, switched off from any possible work distractions. Try doing something relaxing during break times such as taking a brisk walk, doing a spot of yoga or even deskercise!
- It’s okay to walkaway – steer clear from any negative colleagues. This type of attitude can be contagious and lower your morale. Focus on positive thought processes and you’ll be well on your way to better mental health.
- Move more – With 13% of the UK population covering 49 working hours or more per week, life and work balance is essential. Finding exercise that you enjoy in your free time can considerably help towards alleviating stress by increasing endorphins. Not to mention all the physical health benefits too. Individuals with improved levels of fitness are capable of managing stress more effectively than those who are less fit.
- Calming your breath – focusing on breathing at a slower pace whilst allowing your body to relax (particularly if you are feeling anxious) can help dramatically reduce stress levels. For the full technique in doing this, visit the NHS website.
- It’s time to move on – let go of the past and try not to overthink situations that have already been and gone. What matters is today and you’re already taking the first step by wanting to improve your wellbeing.
We hope these top tips provide a step in the right direction for you and your workforce to come together and open up about wellbeing in the workplace
|For more information about how Prosper Wellbeing can work with your business to manage and minimise workplace stress, please contact Sandra on 01603 964694 or email Sandra@prosper-wellbeing.co.uk