Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing:
Keep in touch with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships.
Take a walk, go cycling, go to the gym or play a game of football. Work out which activities you enjoy most and make them part of your life.
Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new air of confidence. So why not sign up for that cookery course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike?
Give to others
Even the smallest act can count: a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks.
Be more aware of the present moment, including your feelings and thoughts, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness ‘mindfulness’. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.
Better workplace healthcare
While these principles certainly work on a personal level, they can also be effective at corporate level. Business owners may find that employees are healthier and that sickness and absence management is simpler if the above principles are actively encouraged. Helping your staff take care of their mental health can help to protect them from illness as well as cutting the cost of sickness absence.
Medigold Health is an expert when it comes to workplace healthcare. Our occupational health specialists will help you improve your sickness and absence management policies and will work one-on-one with employees to help them address any mental health problems or other forms of illness they may have.
Contact Medigold Health today for more information.