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Taking time to work on your own mental health each day is vital to maintaining a happy and healthy lifestyle. Implementing small tactics to improve your mental health at work can have a lasting effect on your mood, performance, and overall wellbeing.
Below are a few easy, actionable strategies you can start today:
Most of us commute to work, the majority by public transport. This means we usually have at least 10 minutes a day that we can spare. Instead of scrolling on your phone or stressing about what you’re going to have for dinner, take 10 minutes to be mindful and mediate.
If you’ve never tried meditation before there are many apps and resources online that can help guide you. Although it might be a bit daunting at first, meditation has many benefits, including relaxation and clarity, reducing stress and anxiety, as well as promoting emotional health. It’s even said to help control pain, decrease blood pressure and improve sleep.
Taking time out of your day, to simply be present and grounded, can have an astonishing effect on your mental health.
Gratitude refers to the readiness to show appreciation for, and to return kindness – which is something that is often forgotten in our day to day, busy lives. Whether it’s taking time to look your barista in the eye and thank them for making your coffee or thanking your co-worker who let you heat up your lunch first, or even the stranger who let you onto the tube before them. The more we focus on kindness in the world, the happier we are.
Walking is an incredibly easy way to incorporate physical exercise into our everyday lives. Whether you choose to walk part of your journey to work or take a quick walk at lunchtime. The simple act of moving your body can improve your mood and support your overall health. Even if you can’t take the time to get out of the office, you can always get up from your computer, do some stretches and do a lap of the office. Stepping away from your designated workspace gives you a fresh perspective and enables you to clear your head.
This one is quite obvious; drinking enough water has a major effect on energy levels and brain function, which in turn affects our mental health. Studies show that even mild dehydration (1-3% of body weight) can impair many aspects of brain function (Health Line, 2017). Drinking roughly 2 liters of water per day also prevents headaches and detoxes your body.
Plants have been proven to reduce stress and anxiety, they seem to have a relaxing and calming effect on our minds and bodies. They have even proven to increase productivity and reduce blood pressure. Offices without windows, or with views of urban landscapes, have seen the most benefits from introducing plants into their workplace. Choosing a low maintenance, air purifying plant is a good option.
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