With such a large proportion of our time spent at work, our experiences in the workplace can have a huge impact on our personal wellbeing.
Recognising the importance of a positive and supportive working environment, the theme of World Mental Health Day, which took place earlier this month, was ‘mental health in the workplace’.
Thankfully, there is plenty of information available on how to support good mental health at work from the likes of charities Mental Health Foundation and Mind. It is always worth seeking advice from a professional if you have any questions or concerns on this important issue.
So, what simple steps can we take to look after ourselves and make our workplaces healthier and more supportive places to be?
On its website, charity Mind features five ways to wellbeing, researched and developed by the New Economics Foundation, which could be useful:
- Connect - take time to speak to your colleagues and develop workplace relationships.
- Be active - exercise can help promote personal wellbeing.
- Take notice - take time to enjoy the environment around you.
- Learn - set goals for yourself and learn something new.
- Give - helping others can help promote personal happiness and wellbeing.
These are just examples of some of the steps we could all be taking to help improve workplace wellbeing, there will be others that may work better for you.
There is plenty of evidence to support the fact that people who are happier at work tend to be more productive and are more fulfilled in their personal lives. We all have a responsibility to look after ourselves and support each other.
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