It is estimated the average person will spend 90,000 hours over their lifetime in work. When you look at it like that, surely you should enjoy it (or at least not dread the place). This Wednesday 10th October is World Mental Health Day and at Partnership Design we felt it was the perfect opportunity to look at workplace wellbeing and how you can protect and improve your mental health whilst working towards a career.
It’s often said that working at Partnership Design is like being part of a family, we are very lucky to work with hard-working, dedicated, like-minded individuals who not only enjoy working together but enjoy spending time and socialising with each other.
We’re aware this isn’t the case for everyone and a lot of people dread their morning alarm and heading to their 9-5. With that in mind we have come up with 3 tips to help your workplace wellbeing and in turn we hope improve your mental health.
How many times have you stood next to the same person in the kitchen making a brew and only shared a passing smile? We have all been guilty of it at one time or another, whether it’s anxiety, embarrassment or you’re just too busy. How long does it really take to ask how that person is, where they work or even what their name is? These small interactions will soon build up and it’s always nice to know an extra face in the office.
Work, no matter where, can be stressful sometimes. It’s vital you step away from your desk for at least 20 minutes each day to have a mental break from what you are doing. Ideally go for a quick walk or step outside, but whatever you do make sure you leave your desk and give your brain a break. You will find that once you start doing this you will feel so much more productive when you go back to work, as if you have recharged your batteries.
It’s the little things that people really remember and in an office environment that is definitely true. Maybe buy a birthday card for a colleague you wouldn’t normally, or if you bake and have leftovers bring them in to share. All these small things add up and will give you openings to talk to more colleagues. It’s proven that making others happy can improve your own mental health.
If you want to know more about World Mental Health Day or find more tips and guidance about looking after your own mental health, visit Mind