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12 May 2017

Wellbeing Week at Smoothwall for #MHAW2017

On 8th - 12th May 2017 it is Mental Health Awareness Week as organised by the Mental Health Foundation.

The Mental Health Foundation have found that over 80% of people believe they are living with poor mental health as part of their ‘Surviving or Thriving?’ survey.

They also found that more than 4 in 10 people have suffered from depression, and 7 in 10 young adults have experienced a mental health problem at some stage in their lives.

Mental health issues can range from depression and eating disorders to anxiety and stress at work.

It’s important that all workplaces make a conscious effort to recognise signs of mental health in it’s employees and have appropriate measures in place to protect and treat them.

In order to raise awareness of mental health in the workplace, Smoothwall used the opportunity to organise a Wellbeing Week, encouraging staff to think about mindfulness and their general mental and physical wellbeing.

The modern workplace can often be quite demanding, with elongated hours sat at computer screens, with little exercise, and often high levels of stress.

Smoothwall care deeply about the wellbeing of our staff and wanted to share with you some of our activities to remind you to take care of your mental health.

Health food and exercise

It’s important to fuel your body with healthy food and drink in order to improve your emotional wellbeing and brain power.

Water, and superfood smoothies, are great for giving you a boost of energy and flushing out toxins in your body.

Staying hydrated throughout the working day is vital for muscle function, brain protection and health of the immune system.

Try to steer away from caffeinated drinks as these can increase blood pressure and increase the risk of heart attack within young people.

Exercise is also important to remain active and focus your energy on something away from work.

Try taking a yoga class before you start work, or go for a walk at lunchtime.

Our yoga sessions went down so well we’re now organising weekly sessions for our employees.

Mindfulness and relaxation

It’s imperative that you are able to recognise stress and have mechanisms in place to alleviate tension and anxiety.

Practice meditation, deep breathing and muscle relaxation exercises.

This week, Smoothwall held workshops on applied relaxation and meditation, and also offered indian head massages. Staff came away feeling energised having truly been able to detach their thoughts from work, and again we’re now organising indian head massages on a monthly basis.

Why not also consider having a mindfulness room, that plays relaxing, meditative music in a dark comfortable setting, which allows you to shake off stress and take a quiet minute.

It’s important employees feel they have the chance to escape from the stresses of work or to deal with a mental health problem without feeling judged.

Continued awareness and wellbeing

It’s important to recognise that mental health issues can often be underlying and go unnoticed even by those who are suffering, never mind those people around them.

Always make sure you are mindful of other people’s feelings and circumstances, and encourage your employers to create an environment that facilitates this for others.

At Smoothwall, our values are Future Driven, Empowered, Community Spirit and Meaningful, and we believe that our employees and our customers are at the heart of all this.

Therefore, that means we’re highly focussed on people. If you care about people as much as we do, why not take some of our tips or apply these to your own workday to help improve your wellbeing.  

Please let us know how you got involved this Mental Health Awareness Week or leave a comment if you want to know more about our wellbeing initiatives.

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