workplace wellness

Workplace Wellness

 

How is your workplace wellness? Today is World Mental Health Day, and this year is a landmark anniversary. First held in 1992, today is the 25th day dedicated to raising awareness of mental health issues, and to fighting the still-associated stigma. This years World Mental Health Day is focusing on mental health in the work place. Workplace wellness is essential to the happiness and productivity of employees and while we all know how important diet, exercise and sleep there is lots more we can be doing to help reduce stress and maintain our mental health through out our work day.

So here’s a few easy tips to help improve your wellness in the workplace.

 

  • SMILE! Moods are contagious, so give a grin and really mean it when your say good morning to your colleagues.

 

  • Practice gratitude. After you sit at your desk each day, write down three things you are grateful. Don’t let yourself have your coffee before you’ve completed this each morning.

 

  • When someone asks how your are, really think about how your feeling in that moment, you don’t have to launch into a big chat but it’s a good habit to help you switch off your auto pilot.

 

  • Ask someone how they are doing and be genuinely interested in their reply.

 

  • Incorporate some mindfulness into your day. Just a minute concentrating on your breathing will help calm and focus your energy. Download a mindfulness app (one of my favourites is pacifica, it has some really good free meditations) and escape somewhere private even if it’s the bathroom! (Don’t forget to plug-in your headphones)

 

  • Get outside! Just for a few minutes of fresh air can greatly improve your mood and productivity  and even better if you can add in a short walk  and some mindfulness.

 

  • Use aromatherapy oil, either in a diffuser or an oil burner, if you work in an open plan office or customer facing, pop a few drops on a tissue and inhale deeply through out the day. My favourite is tangerine, its fresh and citrus aroma is very calming to the body and mind.

 

  • Take an appreciation break. Send a thank you email or even better a thank you note to a colleague.

 

  • Recognise  the physical signs of stress. Sometimes you will think that your fine but your body will tell a different story. Skin issues, stomach upsets and muscle pain can be symptoms of stress.

 

  • TALK! Find a colleague that you trust and can go to with a problem. And remember nobody ever made a problem worse by talking about it.

 

This isn’t about adding more things to your to-do list, but rather acknowledging you need to maintain your mental health and improve your workplace wellness. But if you find you are struggling, please reach out and ask for help. Mental health problems don’t magically fix themselves, would you expect a broken arm to heal correctly without a cast?

Spunout.ie, reachout.ie  and a lust for life websites have some brilliant resources for looking after your mental health.

What are your tips for workplace wellness?

How do you look after your mental health in work?

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