10 ways to improve mental health and wellbeing in the workplace
Never before have we needed to be more aware of our own mental state, in addition to that of those who are in our work community. Our staff members, colleagues, partners, peers, suppliers, and, most importantly, our customers are all human, just like ourselves.
It’s imperative that we protect the mental health of ourselves and of one another, not only from a compassionate humanitarian perspective, but from a productivity and sustainability perspective.
To help, here’s 10 ways to improve mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.
- Avoid the noise of news and social media. Managing your own mental health and wellbeing starts with filtering the noise that is coming in. Take control of the content you are consuming. Choose the people, channels and platforms that serve you well.
- Define what makes you happy. Without values or purpose behind the work that you do, then life will be a struggle. Working yourself to the bone serves no purpose, without purpose. Find what brings you joy in your every day.
- Stop caring about what others think. It’s one of the greatest gifts of freedom you can give to yourself. Once you realise that it’s YOUR life you’re living, not theirs, it becomes easier to let go of other people’s expectations. And sometimes what you THINK they think, is actually more of a narrative of your own past experiences.
- Be of service. When your work or business becomes about serving others, there’s little room left for unhappiness. If you have a natural aptitude for a certain task, creative outlet, or industry, and you tie that to helping people at scale, then the outcome tends to be a more balanced state of mental health.
- Edit the script. If you are doing something that doesn’t make you happy, no one is making you do it. You have the power to rewrite your own story.
- If you’re concerned that your team is feeling less than ok, ask them if they are ok. While RU Ok Day is an excellent conversation starter, and a powerful movement, this is something that should be monitored consistently. If they aren’t ok, listen. Then provide support. Then check in. Some people won’t be prepared to share, and that’s ok too. The point is, you’ve told them and showed that you care and you’re there for them. That, in itself can make the world of difference.
- Be Patient. With the length of the lockdowns and the state of the world, there are many who are struggling to remain optimistic. Be patient and empathetic during this time.
- Thrive. Support your team – and yourself! – to live a healthy lifestyle. Encourage movement, outdoor breaks, loads of hydration, healthy eating and healthy thoughts – refer back to item 1.
- Wellness Committee. Develop your own personal wellness committee of ‘go-to’ people to reach out to when needed. This could consist of professionals, friends, family, work colleagues such as wellness champions or leaders, or other supporters who can help you.
- Know your triggers and signs. Being aware of your own triggers and early signs will help you to know when to execute an early intervention plan and reach out to your personal wellness committee for your own health and wellbeing.
While awareness of mental health and wellbeing is increasing, there are still some stigmas attached. Staying aware of your own mental health and others is the first step to improving health and wellbeing and reducing judgement whilst increasing support. After all, without people, what is any business or community?
LEARN MORE about how you can be proactive by strengthening your personal self-care toolkit.