Top Tips for Your Well-Being at Work

Considering the 10th of October was World Mental Health Day, Mode thought it was a good time to share our thoughts on looking after your well-being whilst at work. Ensuring you are looking after yourself, not only benefits the business you work for, but helps support your home life too and the balance is of paramount importance.

Some recent research has suggested (CV Library) that 42.9% of people feel that work is a contributing factor in having negative feelings. Well we’d all like to disappear on an aeroplane to a remote island, but the fact is, that most of us have to keep working, so let’s look at what you can do to make sure you are looking after your well-being.

  1. Speak to someone: talking is underrated! Have a chat with someone you trust at work, it could be your manager or could be a fellow colleague. Talk about what’s concerning you. Verbalising your concerns immediately gets it out in the open and will immediately make you feel better for sharing.
  2. Use your lunch break wisely: go for a walk, get some fresh air. A change of secretary instead of sitting at your desk all day can release any negative feelings you may have. Fresh air is great at beating stress and clearing your mind.
  3. Deep breaths! This sounds like a simple thing, but often we don’t take in to account the power of breathing! If you are feeling overwhelmed, then use some breathing techniques (there are many available online) that can help you. Never underestimate the power of some great breathing techniques to help you.
  4. Use your holiday: That’s what it’s there for, so use it. Having a break from the usual routine of work, can give you a different perspective. If you feel your well being is being compromised, then make sure you take some time off. You will benefit from using your holiday.
  5. Make your work space organised! Being organised at your desk can really help your well-being. Declutter and organise it really will make you feel better if your work desk is clean and organised.
  6. Review your work/life balance: do you think you have too much on your plate? Speak to your manager if you think you have too much work on and its impacting on your home life. To protect your well-being, you must have a balance!
  7. Be active! Find an activity outside of work that will help your well-being, it could be walking, or a group sport or group activity that removes you from thinking about work for a while. Give your brain a holiday for a while-you’ll feel great for it.
  8. Use your commute to destress: Obviously if you drive, you can feel more frustrated, but try and use your commute to unwind yourself so that when you get home you have left work behind!
  9. Listen to music: research has found that slow, quiet music can encourage relaxation and reduce anxiety.
  10. Write a list: writing a list at the end of the day for the next day can reduce stress and help leave work behind for that day and prepare for the next.

Never neglect your well-being and encourage your employers to help support well being in their business. Everyone benefits from happy, content teams, productivity increases and businesses flourish. Look after yourselves!

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This post was written by Anwen Haynes1

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