We spend a large portion of our lifetime at work and so practising good mental health in the work place is so important. With the creation of roles such as ‘Wellbeing Officer’ or recognising that Health and Safety must also be inclusive of Wellbeing, employers are recognising the need to promote positive mental at work. Taking care of the mind is just as important as taking care of the body.
The Mental Health Foundation shares that good mental health is characterised by a person’s ability to fulfil a number of key functions and activities, including:
the ability to learn
the ability to feel, express and manage a range of positive and negative emotions
the ability to form and maintain good relationships with others
the ability to cope with and manage change and uncertainty
Keeping these in mind we’ve highlighted 5 ways you can practise positive mental health at work.
1) Build a positive relationship with your line manager
Your are accountable to your line manager and your line manager is accountable to you. Having regular one to ones with your line manager is a good way to share and catch up with progress, raise any concerns you may have and a good way to get to know each other - this is time for both of you. It’s important that you do your job well and appreciate that your line manager is accountable to someone further up the hierarchy. Doing your job well will help your manager do their job well and this will be recognised.
2) Build a positive relationship with your colleagues
Job satisfaction often derives from the team around you. Yes we all want to be well paid but satisfaction at work doesn’t just depend on your bank balance. Being around colleagues who inspire you, support you and who you can learn from is a key contributing factor to job satisfaction. Get to know your colleagues - remembering they have their driving test, or it’s their daughter's birthday or organising a team lunch to celebrate team success - show you care.
3) Keep active at work
You can do more than exercises at your desk and taking the stairs! Though this is a good start. If you have discounted gym facilities at work make use of them. Check to see if your company has a staff wellbeing network which put on events. This is a great way to meet colleagues across other teams. Maybe even drop into that yoga class at work :-)
4) Find out who is your Health, Safety and Wellbeing Manager
If you are feeling stressed, anxious, worried and need to access professional support your wellbeing team will have many resources you can access. Whether these are online resources, setting up a meeting with a counsellor or offering much more comprehensive support and guidance. Your employer has a duty of care to ensure your work environment enables you to excel.
5) Life is not all about work :-)
This may be hard to believe! Remember to make time to do the activities you enjoy whether that be spending time with your family and friends, travelling or trying something new. Work and the professional relationships and friendships we develop in the workplace gives us purpose and meaning - but remember to make time for yourself.