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10 ways to improve your mental health
Louise Topham | Agency Service and Support Manager
Monday 13th May, 2019
Mental Health is making headlines and here at PayStream we understand that promoting a balanced, secure workplace and providing support where needed is paramount to ensuring you enjoy your job and remain challenged and engaged without undue stress and pressure.
The World Health Organisation describes mental health as ‘a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community’.
Mental Health is increasingly in the headlines with Mental Health Awareness week being a firm fixture in calendars around the UK and beyond.
Whilst there still remains a stigma about mental health, an increasing number of high profile campaigns backed by celebrities and royalty have pushed this issue into the spotlight. It is believed that 1 in 4 people will experience mental health issues at some point in their lives and whilst many of us will face challenges but may need no or little support others will need more intervention and help to overcome specific and individual trials.
Evidence shows that staying in work can be a great help to those affected by mental health issues and working in general means better physical and mental health - giving us social contacts and support, a way of structuring our time, providing physical and mental activities as well as a sense of identity and purpose.
Some statistics for you:
64% of financial sector employees have experienced a mental health issue as a result of work.
30% have been formally diagnosed with a mental health issue.
21% have experienced symptoms in the last month.
There are lots of organisations out there who provide practical tips on how to look after your mental health, here are some ideas:
1. Talk about your feelings and don’t be afraid to ask for help
- there is no shame in talking to someone if you are feeling low or stressed, just talking to someone can help.
2. Keep active
- regular exercise is essential for good mental health boosting chemicals in your brain that put you in a good mood. So go on forget the lift and take the stairs!
3. Eat well
- nutrients are important to keep your brain healthy.
4. Drink sensibly
- alcohol can leave you feeling more low and depressed.
5. Get plenty of sunshine
- sunlight is a great source of Vitamin D helping our brain release chemicals which make us feel good – good job we had such a lovely summer last year!
6. Stress is often unavoidable
- and some stress is good for you and can be beneficial! But knowing what triggers it and learning how to cope is key to maintaining good mental health.Talk to your manager if this is something that is worrying you.)
7. Connect with others and be sociable
- having friends is important not just for your self-esteem but in providing a shoulder to lean on if you need it.
8. Take a break
- change of scene or pace is good for you mental health, so take a walk at lunch time, have a brew, and move away from your desk.
9. Helping others
- not only good for them but good for you too!
10. Do something you're good at
- what do you love doing? What activities can you lose yourself in? Enjoying yourself can helpbeat stress and boost your self-esteem.
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health so look after it and let’s get talking!