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Happy Friday team!
We all know that work can be demanding and stressful at times, which is why it's so important to not forget about our mental health. With so many of us working remotely, its much more difficult for us to notice when others are struggling.
Our mental well-being is just as important as our physical health, and taking care of ourselves mentally is essential for leading a happy and fulfilling life, both inside and outside of work. That's why today, I want to recommend taking a break from our regular work to focus on mental health check-ins, both our own and others.
One of the most important things we can do for our mental health is to take time to check in with ourselves regularly. This involves taking stock of how we're feeling, identifying any stressors or challenges we're facing, and practicing self-care. By doing this regularly, we can catch any mental health issues early on and take steps to address them before they become bigger problems.
But how does this relate to work? Our mental well-being has a direct impact on our productivity and job satisfaction. When we're feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or burnt out, it can be challenging to stay focused and motivated at work. On the other hand, when we're feeling mentally healthy and balanced, we're able to perform at our best and bring our A-game to the workplace.
So, what does a mental health check-in look like in the workplace?
Private Reflection Time: Take some time for yourself to reflect on your mental health. Ask yourself questions like: How have I been feeling lately? What work-related stressors have I been facing? What activities outside of work bring me joy? Write down your thoughts in a journal or simply reflect in your mind. This is a great opportunity to gain insight into your own mental well-being and identify any areas for improvement.
Group Discussion: Join a virtual discussion with your colleagues to share your reflections and listen to others. This is a great opportunity to connect with each other and support one another. Talking about mental health in the workplace can help break down the stigma surrounding it and create a supportive work environment.
Mindful Breathing Exercise: Take a few minutes to practice deep breathing and focus on your breath. This can help reduce stress and improve your mood. There are many apps available that can guide you through mindfulness exercises, or you can simply close your eyes and focus on your breathing.
Gratitude Practice: Take a moment to reflect on what you're thankful for in the workplace. This can help improve your outlook and appreciation for your job. Write down three things you're grateful for in a journal or share them with a colleague.
Fun and Relaxation: Finally, it's important to have some fun and relax. Whether it's participating in a virtual team-building activity, watching a movie, or playing a game, taking time to unwind can help reduce stress and improve your mental well-being.
Remember, it's important to prioritize our mental health and make it a part of our daily routine, especially at work. Let's use this Friday Fun Day to check in with ourselves and others, and make sure we're taking care of our mental well-being. It's also really important for managers to promote mental health care for their team members.
If you're feeling overwhelmed or struggling with your mental health, don't hesitate to reach out to a colleague, HR representative, or mental health professional. There are free resources everywhere to help you manage stress and maintain good mental health at work.
To open it up, does anyone have a favourite way to relax or wind down after work?
Have a great Friday! 🎉