It was World Wellbeing Week from 27th June to 1st July and we have research psychologist Caileen Lubbe from workplace wellbeing platform, Plumm, sharing some useful tips on how people can improve their mental wellbeing.
- Mindfulness & Meditation
Make time for mindfulness and meditation daily. Even taking five minutes a day to take a break in the workplace and to focus on being mindful, or pausing for some meditation, is great for both mental and physical health.
Communication is key to both personal and occupational growth, and creating a safe space to freely communicate your – and others’ – needs is essential for improving wellbeing. Always communicate your issues and be sure to acknowledge and reach out for support when you feel you need it. If you do not communicate your needs or actively seek out help, those around you will remain oblivious to the struggles you are facing and won’t be able to help. Acknowledging that you need help is the first and hardest step to taking responsibility for your mental wellbeing. Although existing stigma surrounding mental health may deter many of us from speaking up or reaching out, taking that first leap of faith can make things a lot easier down the line.
- Set Goals
Setting goals is a fantastic way of boosting positivity and energy, both mentally and physically. Start with small, achievable goals like taking the time to have breakfast at the same time every day, and slowly move up to bigger goals. This sense of drive and accountability keeps us motivated and focused.
- Set Boundaries
Setting clear boundaries between work life and personal life is incredibly important for our wellbeing, relationships, and overall functioning. In terms of the workplace, having a sense of balance and clear-cut boundaries allows for a happier and more productive workforce, not only impacting the individual positively, but also the business.
- Enjoy Hobbies
Make time for family, friends, leisure activities, and hobbies. There’s so much joy to be found in the small things, so making time to do activities and enjoy hobbies, or simply spending time with the people we love is important for combatting feelings of burnout.
- Take a Break
Regular daily breaks during work hours (e.g., five-minute mindfulness or stretch breaks between meetings, using your lunch hour, etc.) and regularly taking time off (annual leave and national holidays). It is also recommended that you log off completely from your emails, MS Teams, Slack etc. after your working day has ended. It’s easy these days to stay connected all the time, but it’s critical to have that pause.
Plumm is a workplace mental wellbeing solution that partners with progressive organisations to help build a more compassionate and productive workforce. Plumm’s mission is to make mental wellbeing a reality for every member of the global workforce. With over 200 accredited therapists and specialised coaches, Plumm offers employees evidence-based care tailored to their needs while helping companies save money in engagement and healthcare costs. plummhealth.com