“It’s never been more important for employers to invest in employee mental
health.” (1) Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing, Mind
As the Coronavirus pandemic brought about new working habits, it also led to an increase in feelings of stress and anxiety for many. Here in the UK, a report by mental health charity Mind found that more than half of adults said that their mental health had got worse during lockdown (2) and 80% of Brits said that working from home has negatively impacted their mental health, according to a survey by Nuffield Health. (3) With remote working becoming the new normal, how can you support employee mental wellbeing during a pandemic?
Online wellbeing workshops
As the market leaders in the corporate wellbeing industry, we continuously update our services to meet your needs. So when the country went into lockdown, that meant taking our wellbeing services online. As a result, your staff can now access a range of online wellbeing workshops and classes from home.
- Mental Health Training and workshops: Boosts knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health and helps retain staff
- Corporate wellbeing workshops: Gives staff tools for change towards healthier habits which can reduce sickness absence
- Employee health checks: Offers a safe space to discuss health concerns which can improve company culture and morale
- You can view our complete online corporate workshops and classes, which includes Mindfulness and Nutrition, here
Benefits to your staff
Introducing online wellness benefits is a great way to help your staff disconnect from feeling ‘always-on’ while at home. It shows your appreciation for their hard work, which makes them feel valued and promotes a supportive and friendly culture. The communal nature of online corporate workshops and classes promote better team collaboration and the techniques covered in the sessions can lead to lower stress levels.
Benefits to your business
Prioritising your staff wellbeing can lead to more productive staff who are less likely to require time off due to illness. A report by Deloitte in early 2020 found that for every pound spent on workplace wellbeing interventions, employers received five pounds back on average due to fewer absences, less employees working when unwell, and less staff turnover.
Find out more
We’d love to help you arrange an online corporate wellbeing workshop for your staff. Simply choose an online session here, and then contact our friendly team to get everything set up.
For all the benefits of working from home – no daily commute, no dress code, and no office politics – there’s no denying that the enforced change to our working lives is not without its challenges. In fact, no less than 56% of UK workers report feeling more anxious or stressed working from home, according to research by LinkedIn in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation. (1) So here are our top five mindfulness tips to promote wellness at home for you and your team.
Keep in touch
Going from a bustling office atmosphere to the relative quiet of home can be a bit of a culture shock. One study on Mental Health & Wellbeing in Europe found that 82% of Brits missed having personal encounters with people outside the home. (2) So, it’s good practice to arrange regular ‘keep in touch’ (KIT) calls with your colleagues. They don’t even have to be about work. You’ll both benefit from simply asking, ‘How are you doing?’ A bonus tip: If you pop the KIT calls into your diary it makes them more official and less likely to be forgotten.
Create an office space
In your actual workplace, your workspace is clearly defined. At home, not so much. It’s easy to start working in the lounge and before you know it you’ve got paperwork in the kitchen and your laptop charging in the bedroom. The downside of this is that it makes it harder to switch off from ‘work mode’. To avoid this ‘always on’ feeling, try and create a defined office area within your home and restrict yourself to only working when you’re within that boundary.
Stick to a routine
When your place of work and your home are the same location, the work-life balance can often blur. It’s no wonder one study found that UK workers are putting in 28 hours of overtime each month. (1) Creating – and sticking to – a routine won’t just ensure you start and finish on time and take regular breaks, but it can also boost your circadian rhythms which can lead to a better night’s sleep. This, in turn, can have a positive effect on mood.
Take a screen break
On average, we spend 4,866 hours a year looking at screens (3) which can lead to eye strain, headaches and mood changes. So it’s good to get into the habit of consciously looking away from your screen for a few seconds at least once an hour. Lockdown restrictions permitting, if you’re able to take a (socially distant) lunch break outside, you’ll reap the benefits. A new study found that just five minutes in nature can boost your wellbeing with 83% of UK adults believing that being outdoors is nature’s stress reliever. (4)
By late March 2020, 68% of businesses had introduced at least one wellness benefit to support employees’ mental and emotional wellbeing. (5) As the market leaders in the corporate wellbeing industry, we’ve taken our wellbeing services online. As a result, we can help you set up a business supported programme of wellness workshops for your team. Designed to raise awareness of – and reduce the stigma around discussing – mental health and promote mental clarity and team building, you can choose from Mental Health Training, Corporate Wellbeing Workshops, Employee Health Checks and more. To find out more please contact our friendly team.
Remember, remember men’s health this Movember
This November is shaping up to be a hair-raising month with thousands of people across the globe set to take part in Movember 2020.
As the leading charity changing the face of men’s health, Movember focuses on mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer, and testicular cancer. Over five million people have joined the movement to help the charity raise funds to deliver breakthrough research and support to help men live healthier, happier and longer lives.
What started as a conversation between two friends (Travis Garone and Luke Slattery) over a beer in Melbourne, Australia back in 2003, has grown into a global phenomenon that has raised over £440 million and helped fund more than 1,250 projects around the planet. By encouraging men to lead healthier lives, stay socially connected, and be more open to talking about their health and lives, the Movember movement aims to have a lasting impact on the face of men’s health.
By 2030, the charity has committed to:
- Reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%Halve the number of deaths from prostate cancer and testicular cancer
- Reduce the number of men taking their own lives by 25%
If you’re keen to get involved in the fantastic follicle-based fundraising there are three ways to take part: You can stop shaving for the month of November and grow a moustache, you can walk or run 60 km throughout the month (to represent the 60 men lost to suicide every hour across the world), or you can host a Mo-ment (e.g. have a good time for a good cause). Men who take part are known as Mo Bros, women who encourage Mo growth, take the challenge, or host an event are called Mo Sistas.
You can find out more and sign up at uk.movember.com
To get you inspired to grow a mo or join the Movember movement, here are some fun moustache-related facts:
- The longest moustache in the world measures 4.29 metres and belongs to Ram Singh Chaunan from India (1)
- On average, men spend five months of their lives shaving between the ages of 14 and 75 (2)
- If you’re not sure what type of Mo to grow, here’s a handy guide to the 40 best moustaches of all time
Men’s health is extremely important to us here at Joyful Living. Since 2012, our highly qualified team of therapists, massage practitioners, beauticians, yoga and meditation teachers, workshop presenters, and fitness instructors have provided office and events wellbeing services across the UK
In the age of coronavirus, we’ve taken our wellbeing services online and offer a range of wellbeing services and workshops focusing on male mental and physical wellbeing that can be completed from home. To find out more, simply call us on 020 3691 9420 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What is stress?
According to the NHS, stress is the body’s way of coping when under pressure or feeling threatened. Not only is it common but it can motivate or help us to achieve things. However, too much stress can negatively affect mood and cause anxiety. Over time, this can lead to physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion commonly referred to as burnout. (1) In 2018/19, the total number of working days lost to work-related stress, depression, or anxiety was 12.8 million days, which equates to 54% of all working days lost due to ill health and a rate of 1,800 per 100,000 workers. (2)
International Stress Awareness Week 2020
Organised by the charity arm of the International Stress Management Association (ISMAUK), this year’s focus is on managing stress and mental health issues in the age of COVID-19. A study by the Office for National Statistics (3) found that:
- Nearly one in five adults were likely to be experiencing some form of depression during the Coronavirus pandemicNearly 85% of adults said their wellbeing was being affected by feeling stressed or anxious
- Experts from across the globe will take part in a week of broadcasts, webinars and keynote presentations as part of the Global Stress & Wellbeing Summit. You can find out more about the five-day online summit here.
What are you doing for International Stress Awareness Week?
The great news is there’s still time to organise wellbeing activities for your company during International Stress Awareness Week. From company wellbeing days and employee welleing programmes to corporate wellbeing workshops we have a session designed to help reduce stress and increase productivity.
- Mental health: “Fantastic workshop on the introduction to mental wellbeing! All participants thoroughly enjoyed and found the session interactive and insightful!” Georgia Allen Barton
- Yoga: “Nisha and team have given us a great mix of relaxing, stretching, sweaty yoga sessions after work that’s just brilliant to reset our mind and body.” Christian Bergara, Manager Essence
- Wellbeing: “ The wellbeing webinar Melissa delivered was amazing, the advice and tips we received were incredibly useful.” Louise Bown
Is your company working from home? We’re still on hand to help. We’ve moved many of our workshops online to help keep your team motivated and connected.
“We have been using Joyful Living for over two years for massages…however, more recently we have been taking advantage of their Online Yoga for staff as we are all working from home during this crisis. This is keeping everyone connected and motivated!” Lucy Harrison
To find out more, check out our online corporate wellbeing programmes.
World Mental Health Day will be celebrated on the 10th of October and is an ideal opportunity for everyone to raise awareness of the issues related to mental health. It is also an opportunity to participate in the fight against social stigma. This is the perfect day for you and your company to contribute to the broad conversation that will be taking place on platforms such as social media and television. You will also get a perfect chance to strongly highlight the things you are currently doing or have already done to address the problems related to mental health stigma in the workplace. It is also possible to introduce newer targeted activities related to the main event.
The Year’s Theme
The theme of 2020’s event is suicide and suicide prevention. Each year, according to statistics, at least 800,000 individuals take their own lives, and a lot more individuals attempt suicide. This special day’s core mission is to reduce the number of suicide cases and give people hope to keep living. Each suicide, regardless of who does it and where it happens, is a tragedy to the family, community, and most of the time has a permanent effect on the individuals left behind. In the UK, it is reported that suicide is one of the primary causes of death among people aged between 2 and 34 years, and is the second leading cause of mortality among persons aged between 15 and 29 years globally.
As someone responsible, you are strongly encouraged to consider better ways to come up with impactful learning opportunities for all staff members and enhance their overall comprehension of mental health, and more specifically, thoroughly address the stigma around suicide as a way of providing solid support for individuals who might need help.
Who Can Be Affected by Mental Health?
Mental health is a serious issue, and anyone might suffer from these conditions at one point in their lives. But you should be glad because the 10th of October is a special day for you to manifest your support for better mental health and also begin caring for your wellbeing.
Everyone needs mental health care, from learners to people working offices. Despite your current social or financial status, you deserve excellent mental health so that you can achieve both long-term and short-term goals. Your mental health is more like your physical health; anyone can suffer poor health, and they have to take good care of themselves to prevent such conditions. Every year, it is believed that at least one in four people are affected by mental problems. It might come in an array of forms such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
How to Take Care of Your Mental Health
Whether you are currently dealing with a mental wellness issue or not, we all need to ensure that we take good care of our mental health. Mental health has a close relationship with how you feel about yourself, your immediate surroundings, and how you can perfectly cope with day-to-day life. Therefore, your mental wellbeing might change from time to time, month to month, and year to year. There are tips that you can use to ensure that your mental wellness is correctly taken care of at all times. These include creating personal time, creating positive relationships, and ensuring that you are active at all times.
Let us take a second look at what we might mean when we say mental wellness. It is vital to mention that mental wellbeing does not have one set meaning. We can use the term to explain how good we feel about ourselves and how perfectly we are coping with daily life.
You must also know that perfect mental wellbeing does not mean you are always joyous or do not get affected by daily encounters. However, poor mental wellbeing might make it hard for you to cope with daily life, and that is one of the things we will be focusing on the 10th of October.
There are quite a number of doable things that we can always try to do in order to enhance our mental wellness. Though it is never easy to get started, you can begin by only trying the things that feel simpler. For example, you can try giving yourself enough time to find what works for you best and going at your own set pace. You always need to take small steps toward achieving your daily, weekly, monthly, or even yearly set objectives. To gain stability, you want to commence by picking a few easily achievable things and then moving on to try other ideas.
Relax and Minimize Stress
Most of the time, it takes a lot of effort to feel relaxed. If you are lucky to find something in your life that makes you feel more relaxed, it will help if you fixed it into your daily routine. For instance, this might be a walk, a bath, or going to the gym. Maybe you will find it hard to switch from your current lifestyle to another, but all will be well as long as you take it slow.
If you feel that you are straining a lot, we recommend taking a break and reflecting on your life. If it is a stressful situation that gives you a hard time, you can take a break and relax. Just take a few minutes each day to mitigate the feelings of anxiety, and you will feel great about yourself.
Mindfulness is the act of paying close attention to current happenings. You can use helpful tactics such as yoga, breathing exercises, and medication. These techniques are a perfect way to help individuals become aware of their feelings and thoughts. This implies that your feelings will stop overwhelming you. Instead, you will gain the capacity to manage them properly.
In some cases, you might find that being on your phone or computer for extended periods makes you feel busy and way too stressed. In that case, you need to take a break and focus on other things that might make you feel relaxed. You can do this for an hour or two. If this also becomes hard, try placing your phone in a different room and have an alarm to help time yourself.
More About World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day is a program of the World Federation for Mental Health and was first observed on the 10th of October, 1992. And since the world is undergoing an unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the mental wellness of millions of people has been adversely affected. Now, everyone is aware that the levels of fear, anxiety, isolation, restrictions, and social distancing have become prevalent as the world endeavours to bring the deadly virus under control and find a permanent solution.
The current pandemic has hit all corners of the world and affected over 450 million individuals who were already struggling with issues related to mental wellness. It is important to note that mental disorders that many people are struggling with are the reason for ill-health disability worldwide. At least one person out of four, at different stages of their life, is affected by a mental disorder.
According to the World Health Organization, at least every 40 seconds, someone dies of suicide, and this is a huge number compared to individuals that die by homicide or war. And these are only the ones that successfully take their lives. A bigger proportion of the world population attempts suicide each year. Therefore, on the 10th of October, 2020, we are going to remind ourselves about the key importance of supporting each other’s wellbeing and what can be done to ensure that adequate support is available for everyone.
World Mental Health is an Opportunity to Commit
This campaign will offer unique opportunities to raise awareness of mental health. However, most of these opportunities will be utilized online, given the current world pandemic. As individuals, we will have the best chances to do things that will have positive impacts on our mental wellness. Thus, it is an opportunity that is worth grabbing.
It has been at least 30 years since the first campaign was launched. It is safe to say that many people have hard their lives impacted, and better things are yet to be achieved. As a result, we are happy to state that in 2020, many people will be reached using various platforms, and those who are unknowingly struggling with mental health will be reminded of how best they can take charge of their lives.
It is important to note that many people in different parts of the globe do not have adequate access to good quality mental health services, so there is a need to invest now without failure. Regardless of your current location and situation, you can still participate in this campaign, and you are strongly encouraged to do so. Even if you feel that you are not struggling with mental health and the moment, know that someone else is going through a tough time and needs your attention and support.
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