A Psychologist writes | Practical tips for employees on World Mental Health Day

Mental Health Day is a day dedicated to raising awareness about mental health, reducing stigma, and promoting well-being. The day provides an opportunity to not only reflect on our own mental health and how we can support it but to reach out and look to support those around us. Fostering a workplace culture that prioritizes mental health is integral to sustained high quality performance and satisfaction. Let’s explore the importance of Mental Health Day and consider practical tips for employees to enhance their well-being at work.


Understanding Mental Health Day

Mental Health Day is observed on October 10th each year, the workplace whether it be physical or remote plays an important part in people’s lives. In addition to providing financial income, research demonstrates that employees seek a workplace that values their mental and emotional health.


The Importance of Mental Health at Work

The workplace can either be a source of stress or a haven of support for mental health. To create a positive work environment, employers and employees must understand why mental health matters in the workplace.


  1. Enhanced Productivity: Employees with good mental health tend to be more engaged and productive. When individuals feel supported and stress is managed, they can focus better on their tasks.
  2. Reduced Absenteeism: A culture that prioritizes mental health often results in reduced absenteeism.
  3. Retention and Attraction: Companies that foster mental well-being are attractive to potential employees. They are also more likely to retain talented staff.
  4. Positive Workplace Culture: A mental health-friendly workplace cultivates a culture of trust and support. This can lead to higher morale, innovation and collaboration among colleagues.


Practical Tips for Employees on Mental Health Day

Mental Health Day provides a prompt to employees to reflect on their well-being. To acknowledge what they are doing well and to address any areas they could improve. Let’s consider some practical tips:


  1. Self-Assessment: Conduct a review to self-assess your mental health. Are you feeling stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed? Recognizing your feelings is the first step in addressing them.
  2. Talk: Don’t be afraid to open conversations with, friends, colleagues or supervisors about your or their mental health. Sharing feelings can alleviate the burden and lead to support.
  3. Disconnect: In our digital age, it’s beneficial to disconnect from work when you’re off-duty. Set boundaries for checking emails or work-related messages during your personal time.
  4. Physical Care: Mental and physical health are interconnected. Regular exercise and a balanced diet can significantly impact your mental well-being.
  5. Relaxation and Mindfulness: Practicing mindfulness, meditation, or relaxation techniques can help manage stress and anxiety. Taking short breaks during the workday to breathe and calm can really help.
  6. Learn to Say ‘No’: Don’t overcommit yourself. It’s okay to say no, setting boundaries can help prevent burnout.
  7. Set Realistic Goals: Establish achievable goals and priorities. Avoid setting unrealistic expectations for yourself.
  8. Time Management: Effective time management can reduce stress. Create to-do lists and use time management techniques to stay organized.
  9. Self-Development: Invest in personal and professional development. Feeling a sense of progress and achievement can positively impact your mental health.
  10. A Comfortable Workspace: Ensure your workspace is ergonomically designed and provides comfort. A comfortable environment contributes to well-being.
  11. Celebrate Achievements: Acknowledge and celebrate your successes, no matter how small. Positive reinforcement can boost self-esteem and confidence.
  12. Seek Professional Help: If you’re experiencing persistent mental health challenges, don’t hesitate to seek help from a mental health professional.


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On Mental Health Day and every day, it’s vital to prioritize your mental well-being. By implementing these practical tips, employees can contribute to a healthier work environment and lead more rewarding lives both at work and home. Good mental health is important and seeking appropriate support when needed is a sign of strength, not weakness.


Author: Colin Preece


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