Top tips to look after your mental health.
With World Mental Health Day on Sunday, our team have been diving into the importance of mental health.
We've come together to collate a list of our favourite top tips that help boost our moods. From worrying about a project, to destressing after a hard day, we hope our tips can help.
1. Talk to someone.
Many charities and health organisations offer professional advice about mental wellbeing. Colleagues, friends and loved ones are also good to speak to rather than keeping things for ourselves. Sometimes, we don't want to talk, and that's ok too. Rather than keep our feelings bottled up, we can also write them down. Once we unload our minds, we can prepare ourselves to take action to resolve our issues.
2. Get away from the PC and grab a drink.
It's recommended that we take a break from our screen for 5-10 minutes every hour. Not only does this give our eyes a rest, but a few minutes break can be enough to de-stress us. Dehydration also causes brain functions to slow down, so make sure you grab a drink. We're serial tea drinkers in our office, but water works too.
3. Remind yourself that work isn’t real life.
If we make a mistake or let our workload get on top of us, we must remember, it's not the end of the world. Ask colleagues and mentors for help rather than let stuff get you down. Never be ashamed to ask for support - you will get there and pass that stumbling block.
4. Have a chat with someone from work about anything but work.
It's easy to forget that when we're working, we can still socialise - yes, even when we're at home! Call someone instead of sending an email, ask someone how they are, or even have a random chat for 10 minutes. Chat about the latest Netflix craze, social events, upcoming Halloween costume - real human conversation can help prevent social isolation.
5. Do some exercise to clear your head and release those endorphins.
We all know that exercise is good for us physically, but it can also reduce stress, depression, and anxiety. Luckily for us lazy people, it doesn't need to be a particularly intense work out to make us feel good either. Slower-paced activities, like meditation, yoga, and walking can lighten our mood. So, let's get ourselves outside for a walk to take in nature or, if it's pissing it down, have a stroll around the office.
6. A tidy space is a tidy mind.
An organised and tidy space can have many positive effects on our well-being and state of mind. If our workspace is cluttered, messy, or dirty, the chaos from that can impact our ability to focus. We recommend having a tidy at the end of each working day. That way, having this control over our environment, gives us more control and focus on the new day ahead.
7. Listen to your fave tunes.
Listening to music makes us dance, sing and tap our feet without realising. It can also encourage us to be optimistic and activate more positive feelings. It can be tough to find the right balance between enjoying music and disturbing others in your office, but you can always pop one headphone in!
8. Practice self-affirmation.
Thoughts play a big part in our success and happiness. Evidence suggests that using uplifting language increases self-esteem and improves our working performance. So, every day, we should spend a few minutes thinking about our best qualities rather than letting those negative thoughts creep in. Have a look at Pinterest for ideas.
If you’ve made it this far in our blog, by now you’re probably thinking that a lot of our advice involves taking a break, and you're sat there going, "I never have time." Our answer is, make time! Agree break times with your peers to help each other to stick to a time out or set an alarm on your phone to remind you. There’re so many benefits to giving your mind a break, not only for your health, but for your productivity - your bosses will thank you for it.
Please check out our links below for advice on mental wellbeing and our research sources.
Mental health advice and charities:Mind.org.uk