8 Tips on how to improve mental health in the workplace

Mental health has always been important. 68% of young people have said their mental health has got worse during lockdown. It really is more important than ever to look after your mental health. The lack of daily structure and ever-changing rules have left many people feeling anxious, stressed and down. This is normal.

Many people are left having to work from home, unsettling their work/life balance. The lack of social contact and routine can leave many employees lacking purpose and motivation.

Some people may not be working at all, due to furlough or redundancy. This can also cause emotional stress over things such as financial concerns, health concerns and loneliness. These are all normal worries to have in this pandemic and are no cause for embarrassment.

We all need to accept that reconnecting with normal lifestyles might take time and might not be an easy transition. As restrictions change, you may start to realise just how hard it has been and you may start to feel unwell or low. Likewise, if you have worked through the pandemic you may need some time to recover from the impacts of the intense work period you have endured.

Businesses should start by creating a mental health plan for this period; this would be a clear indication to staff of the importance of mental health and wellbeing, helping to break down the stigma of mental health.

Many people without previous experience of mental health problems have experienced poor mental health during lockdown. Seeing your mental health and wellbeing decline can be daunting and scary.

Here are 8 tips on how you can help your mental health in the workplace through the pandemic…

1. Look at what support is available

The Wellness Action Plan could be a good starter point, this is an easy practical way of helping you to support your own mental health at work.
https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/mental-health-at-work/taking-care-of-your-staff/employer-resources/wellness-action-plan-download/

2. Take regular breaks and try to be active

It’s simple things such as eating your lunch in a different room from where you are working that really help to break up your day and to improve your mental health. Physical exercise is great for the mind. Why not try going for a short walk after work to help clear your mind?

3. Relax your working hours

Do not feel pressured to work above your hours. Allow employers to work at times which suit them better. Consider excluding busy commuting times for those traveling via public transport.

4. Encourage open conversations

Let’s work together and break the stigma behind mental health. People shouldn’t be embarrassed to talk about your problems or receive help. A simple 5 minute talk could help transform someones mood.

5. Check in with each other.

Connecting with family and friends online is the most popular way to cope amongst both young people and adults.

6. Create a structure with clear tasks.

To-do lists are a great way to organise your days and to monitor everything you have achieved.

7. Establish a routine

Avoid working from your bed in your pyjamas, try to be in as much of a routine as possible.

8. Monitor how much news you consume.

Why not try pausing your notifications or setting your phone to silent for an hour. This can help you concentrate and focus exactly on what you need to.