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Improve your wellbeing this World Mental Health Day


It's World Mental Health Day on Tuesday 10 October and the theme this year is workplace wellbeing.  Mental health is about the way you think and feel and your ability to deal with life's ups and downs. Sometimes people talk about it as their 'emotional health' or wellbeing. It's really useful to be aware of the simple steps you can take to improve your mental health.

According to the Mental Health Foundation, there are ten steps to wellbeing; everyday actions and activities which can instantly boost your mood and improve your overall mental health if you do them regularly.

Check out our top tips for staying well at work including reclaiming your lunch break and achieving a work-life balance.

Top tips for staying well at work:

Reclaim your lunch break

Why not make the most of that 20 minutes or half hour by going for a walk or even organising a group walk. Take time to enjoy the outdoors and get re-energised for an afternoon of productive work.

Music while you work

If you're feeling stressed, putting your headphones on and listening to a calming song can take your mind off work for a few minutes and help you unwind and refocus. Research has found slow, quiet music can encourage relaxation and reduce anxiety.

When you're working hard to complete a task, music can also help eliminate distractions around you. By blocking out the noise of your fellow workers, machinery or bleeping phones you can focus easier on the task at hand.

Listen to your favourite song as a simple treat to yourself. Rewarding yourself is a great way for your general wellbeing, giving you some added motivation so you can better tackle a big workload.

Getting the work-life balance right

Are you often the last to leave work? You'll have times when you need to work late to meet deadlines, but try to make this the exception not the norm. Long hours means you may be working harder, but not better - they'll quickly take their toll on your concentration, productiveness and health.

Create clear boundaries between work and home

Try not to let work spill over into your personal life. If you need to bring work home, designate a separate area for work and stick to it, you'll find it much easier to then close the door on work.

Use the time on your commute home to wind down from work. Have some 'me time' by reading a book or listening to your music. Try cycling part of your journey or getting off a stop early and walking the rest of the way or walk the long way back to the car park. . These little actions can really help you to switch off.

Start a 'To Do' list

At the end of each day, go over your list and write up one for the next day, when your thoughts are down on paper, you may  find it easier to not think about work

Ask for help

If you feel your workload is spiralling out of control, take the opportunity to discuss it with your manager or supervisor. If you can't resolve the problem of unrealistic goals, organisation problems or deadlines in this way, talk to HR, trade union representative or other relevant members of staff.  Talking to your colleagues may also help.

Also see our article on Knowsley News Website for 10 positive steps to wellbeing which can be practiced everyday.

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