15 May Mental Health Awareness Week: Prioritising mental health at work
We’re proud to be supporting the Mental Health Foundation this Mental Health Awareness Week – 15 to 21 May. Maintaining good mental health is crucial for overall well being, and the workplace can play a significant role in this.
Here are some tips to ensure good mental health at work:
- Prioritise work-life balance: It’s essential to strike a balance between work and personal life to avoid burnout. Set boundaries for yourself, and try to maintain a healthy balance between your work and leisure time.
- Take breaks: Take regular breaks throughout the day to recharge your mind and reduce stress. Short breaks, even if just for a few minutes, can help you feel refreshed and focused.
- Consider comfort and ergonomics: Uncomfortable office furniture can cause physical discomfort, which can lead to stress, anxiety, and distraction. Ergonomic furniture, on the other hand, can help reduce physical discomfort and improve posture, leading to improved focus and productivity.
- Stay organised: Staying organised can help reduce stress and increase productivity. Keep your workspace neat and tidy, and prioritise tasks to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
- Adjust office lighting: Poor lighting can cause eye strain, headaches, and fatigue, which can affect mood and productivity. Adequate lighting, on the other hand, can help promote a positive and energised mood.
- Think about noise levels: Excessive noise can be distracting and increase stress levels. Proper acoustic design can help minimise noise levels, creating a more peaceful and focused environment.
- Review space and layout: A cramped and cluttered workspace can cause feelings of anxiety and stress, while an open and spacious layout can promote a sense of calm and clarity.
- Practice self-care: Engage in activities that promote self-care, such as meditation, yoga, or exercise. Taking care of your physical and mental health can help you stay motivated and focused.
- Maintain positive relationships: Building positive relationships with colleagues can help create a supportive work environment. Take time to connect with your coworkers, and be willing to offer support when needed.
- Communicate effectively: Effective communication is crucial for avoiding misunderstandings and resolving conflicts. Be clear and direct in your communication, and be willing to listen to others’ perspectives.
- Aesthetics: The aesthetic appeal of an office can also impact mental health. Bright and cheerful colors can promote positive emotions, while drab or institutional colors can cause feelings of sadness or negativity.
- Seek support: If you’re struggling with mental health issues at work, seek support from your employer or a mental health professional. Many companies offer employee assistance programs, which provide counselling and other resources to support mental health.
Remember, taking steps to prioritise mental health at work can lead to increased productivity, better job satisfaction, and improved quality of life. Talk to us about making changes to your office design or furniture today – click here to contact us!