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5 ways to wellbeing at work

Research by the New Economics Foundation found that there are five simple steps that can be taken as part of your day-to-day life to help improve your wellbeing.

When people think about taking care of themselves, however, they often focus on the things that they can be doing outside of work. Despite this, it is just as important to look after your mental health at work as it is at home.

Following the five ways to wellbeing at work can help you find balance and boost your mental health and wellbeing:

Connect
Feeling valued and having meaningful relationships with those around us has been shown to be related to feelings of wellbeing.

Here are some suggestions for staying connected at work:

  • Speak to your colleagues, rather than emailing them
  • Ask how someone’s weekend was and really listen to their answer
  • Go for a coffee or have lunch with a colleague
  • Speak to someone at work who you don’t know

Be active
Physical activity has been shown to look after both our physical and our mental health. But if you are sitting down at a desk all day, it can often feel hard to add exercise into your working day.

Here are some ideas that can help you get more active while you’re at work:

  • Take a walk on your lunch break, such as around a local park
  • If you can, take the stairs rather than the lift
  • Walk or cycle to work rather than driving or taking public transport
  • Break up periods where you are sat at your desk, such as getting up for a glass of water
  • Create a work-based sports team

Take notice
It is important to take notice of our thoughts, emotions and surroundings so that we can pay attention to our needs. When we are busy working in the same space all day, it often can be hard to take a minute to pause and take notice of what is going on around us.

Here are our tips for being more mindful at work:

  • Bring a plant into work and enjoy watching it grow and change
  • Organise a mindfulness session at lunch
  • Take your headphones out and pay attention to what is going on around you
  • Declutter your desk and the area around you

Keep learning
There are lots of benefits to learning while you are at work, such as boosting your confidence, making you feel more motivated, and developing your skills.

Here are some ideas to keep learning while you’re at work:

  • Take part in training opportunities that are available
  • Read a book or listen to a podcast on your lunchbreak
  • Take a team trip to a local museum or gallery
  • Organise a book club with colleagues

Give
Research has shown that people who help others or do nice things experience an increase in their wellbeing. Doing a small kind gesture will not only help to improve your wellbeing, but it will also likely improve the wellbeing of the person that you are helping.

Here are some ideas for giving in the workplace:

  • Sign members of your team up to help fundraise for Health in Mind, such as organising a Blue Cake Day at work 
  • Give a colleague a genuine compliment
  • Do a colleague a favour such as making them a cup of tea
  • Become a Health in Mind Hero by giving your time through volunteering
  • Act as a mentor for a more junior team member

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