I recently read an article about a mental health charity called Unmind. One of the aims of Unmind is to portray mental health in a positive light. Many of the values of Unmind are similar to those of my own workplace well-being business, so I thought I would share some of those values and mental health ideals in this blog.
It’s well-known that the leading cause of workplace absence and for people quitting their jobs is mental ill-health. We do seem to be making progress accepting that just because mental ill-health is not visible that it is less damaging than physical ill-health.
I like this example…It’s odd that we take care of our teeth, brushing them twice a day, and yet our brain, which is so much more complex gets less attention. Why not spend a few minutes per day looking after your mind in the same way you do your teeth?
What Unmind are doing is:
- working to position mental health in a more positive and aspirational way. Going back to the dental example, toothpaste and toothbrushes are sold with pictures of perfect teeth.
- to say to people that it is 100% normal to have bad days from time to time. It’s called being human!
- explaining that mental-ill health and depression develops over time, and the earlier intervention is sought, the better. This is exactly the same as with physical health.
In helping our own mental health there is a lot we can do to help maintain a psychological positive mind set. Why don’t you consider the following as part of your weekly routine during 2019?
- Develop a healthy sleep routine
- Reach out, meet and socialise with friends
- Eat well
- Take time (a little and often) to think about the things that we are grateful for.
I take a lot of this into my sessions in the workplace. The more I do the more the stigma around mental ill-health lifts and people recognise the importance of well being in ALL of our lives. For more details about Unmind visit www.unmind.com