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World Mental Health Day 2020
These days, it’s hard not to look around us and not feel worry or stress. We are all wondering what happens next and how it will impact our safety and wellbeing.
Today (Saturday October 10th) is World Mental Health Day 2020 and it is the most important one yet. The months of lockdown and loss have had a huge impact on us all and prioritising mental health has never been more important than it is now.
This year mental health charity in England and Wales, Mind, wants to bring everyone together to mark the day, encouraging people to take action and do one thing to improve their mental health. Making positive change can seem so hard, especially during uncertain times. And sometimes, it can be hard to know where to start. Take the opportunity this World Mental Health Day to do one thing, such as:
- Go for a walk
A good walk can do wonders for your mental wellbeing. It improves self-perception and self-esteem, mood and sleep quality, and it reduces stress, anxiety and fatigue. Just like any other cardiovascular activity, brisk walking also boosts the production of stress-busting endorphins, this, in turn, reduces stress hormones.
Researchers from John Hopkins University found general meditation programs helped ease psychological symptoms of depression, anxiety, and pain related to stress.
- Learn a new skill
Whether its cooking a new recipe, starting a DIY project, or doing something creative, research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental wellbeing by boosting self-confidence and raising self-esteem, helping you to build a sense of purpose, and helping you to connect with others.
- Take the first steps to getting support for yourself
- Reach out to someone else who might need some support or guidance
- Start a gratitude journal
Sometimes when you start with the positive in mind, everything else around you becomes more bearable. Write a few things every night in it about what you are appreciative of in your life, before sleep.
Looking for more ideas on what you can do to improve your mental health? Our CEO, Cerys Johnson, has a few. Read about them HERE.
We recognise that one of the factors that often contributes to mental wellbeing challenges is workplace stress. Workplace stress is extremely common, especially in the current climate, amidst a global pandemic, where the lines between work and home are becoming even more blurred.
At REPL, some of the ways that we are helping employees to cope with these stresses and feelings are to:
- Provide financial assistance to reduce the strain brought on by unexpected work from home expenses
- Offer financial advice support and guidance
- Give line managers training on mental wellbeing and communication from MHFA England
- Encourage employees to speak about their mental wellbeing in a safe place
- Free premium Headspace accounts for all employees
- The option to sign up to the employee assistance programme through Health Assured/ADP in the US
We feel it is our responsibility as employers to understand the seriousness of mental health, bring it to light and work to educate ourselves and our employees. It is our goal to be open about the benefits we provide to encourage other employers to also prioritise mental health as part of their employee benefit packages.
The best thing you can do is talk about how you are feeling and prioritise your wellbeing. Don’t be afraid to reach out and talk. And don’t forget to be kind, it is so important to be kind.