This week (14-20 May) is Mental Health Awareness Week – a week dedicated to talking about and tackling mental health problems head on. Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, this year the focus is on stress – something we’ve all experienced and struggled with at times in our lives!
Here at Mustard, we know that your working life can be stressful. From reports and deadlines to commuting and budgeting, sometimes everything just seems to get on top of us. With two thirds of Brits experiencing mental health problems in their lifetime, we want to help spread the word about Mental Health Awareness Week. Mustard believe in workplaces where everyone can thrive, so we’ve come up with 7 top tips for improving mental wellbeing at work!
A problem shared is a problem halved
Talking about your feelings isn’t a sign of weakness; it means that you are taking charge of your wellbeing and doing what you can to stay healthy! Grab a friend, grab a family member or grab a colleague and get talking about work pressures, deadlines and reports. You’ll feel much better at the end of it.
Make sure you give yourself some ‘me time’, whether that’s a half-hour lunch break away from your desk, an afternoon walk around the block, or reading a book and listening to a podcast on your commute. A change of scene and a change of pace can do wonders for your wellbeing.
Endorphins are your friend
When we’re working long hours, it’s hard to make the time for some good old-fashioned exercise. However, the endorphins a 20 minute jog or a quick hula-hooping session (yes, hula-hooping counts as exercise) can give you are amazing for boosting your self-esteem and helping you concentrate and sleep better.
Embrace your inner Jamie Oliver
Stress often leads to comfort eating or skipping meals – neither of which are good for our physical or mental health! Try planning mealtimes at work, bringing in food from home, and selecting healthy lunch options that Jamie Oliver would be proud of. Think, fruit, vegetables and nuts!
Ask for help
Feeling tired or overwhelmed at work is something we all deal with – none of us are superheroes (doesn’t stop us from having a few capes and leotards though!). If you’re struggling, let your employer know so they can do their bit to support you. In the UK, your GP can also suggest ways that you and your family can help you.
Everybody is unique and we all deal with things differently. Focus on what you do well and set realistic expectations for things you’d like to change. It’s not something a lot of us are good at, but embracing who we are and feeling good about ourselves helps boost our confidence to learn new skills, visit new places and make new friends!
A work in progress
It’s important to remember that self-care is a skill that needs to be practised. It isn’t easy, especially during the times that we feel anxious. However, with a little love and support we can help inspire each other to eat healthily, work happily and live better!