Mental health is a topic that should be a daily consideration in all of our minds. Regardless of the state of your mental health condition, it is important to take some time to be mindful of the stressors that you encounter during your days. As employers, it is important to offer flexibility to your employees, to ensure that they see the importance of looking out for themselves, and to encourage your team to take opportunities to take care of themselves.
Today, I want to focus on some effective hacks for practicing mindfulness and self-care when on the job. Here are some easy ways for you and your employees to improve your mental health at work.
1. Eat lunch outside
A change of environment can make a huge difference. Stepping away from your desk and breathing in fresh air during your lunch break will enable you to pause, clear your head, and relax. We may think that the outdoors can only be enjoyed in the spring and summer months, but a covered area and a warm jacket are all you need when it isn’t scorching hot outside. When you return back to the office for the afternoon, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of your day’s tasks.
2. Keep a gratitude journal
Every time you find yourself feeling down and overwhelmed by the pressures you are facing at work, take a moment to find one thing that IS working out in your favour. Write down what you are grateful for in a journal so you can keep track of the opportunities, accomplishments, and successes you’ve worked hard for. By focusing your energy on the positive wins, you will find it easier to spot the good around you.
3. Send a thank you note
Appreciating others and recognizing the positive impact that they’ve made will make their day, as well as do wonders for your day too. Spread good karma and take a moment to thank an employee for a job well done. Not only will your kind gesture give them a boost in encouragement and motivation, it will remind you of what a great team you have on your side.
4. Declutter your space
Through the rearrangement and decluttering of your personal workspace, you will see an increase on your productivity levels. Start with focusing on your office area — tidy up your desk and drawers to feel lighter and more organized. Next, clean up your email inbox and online folders through tasks such as unsubscribing from unnecessary email mailing lists and deleting old documents. You’ll start to remember what it’s like to have everything at your fingertips again.
5. Do something new
When was the last time you did something for the first time? That experience of trying something different and gaining a new perspective is irreplaceable, invigorating, and contagious. Think about what you’ve been meaning to try, and do it!
Here are a few suggestions of some must-try activities:
- Order a green tea instead of a coffee.
- Book a new workout class at the local gym.
- Walk or ride your bike to a destination you usually drive to.
- Say hello to someone in the office you see around but never stop to chat with.
In the end, what is important to get out of these suggestions is that mental health is something that we can proactively work at for the purpose of reducing the impact of life’s mounting pressures upon us. As employers, we have a responsibility to ensure that employees have the time and resources to be able to identify signs of stress, fatigue, or feelings of being professionally or personally overwhelmed. Your employees should feel equipped to manage the stresses of work and home, and feel supported in the journey to strong mental health, and your role in helping your team achieve this is crucial.
About Natasha Jeshani
“Driven, hard working and self-motivated”, are some the words clients and colleagues use to describe Natasha Jeshani. She is an HR and Technical Recruitment Consultant and a Profiles® Certified PXT Trainer.
She holds a degree from UBC and an HR Management Certificate with distinction from BCIT.
Natasha’s extensive academic, as well as hands-on experience in various areas of people management, has provided lasting legacies in HR protocols and policies.
With core skills in technical recruitment, complimented with HR Strategic and Generalist experience, Natasha’s career focuses on delivering high levels of service to executives, management and employees alike. She is a strong negotiator and a proven manager and coach. What’s most important for Natasha is ensuring that she is bringing value to an organization. She is committed to approaching each assignment with a high level of engagement and completing her work with a high level of satisfaction.
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