With the month of May being Mental Health Awareness month, I think now (more than ever, due to the COVID-19 pandemic) supporting mental health in the workplace has become more important than ever. For many, myself included, being able to practice healthy mental habits isn’t always a priority. However, it should be put to the forefront of importance. Especially for those who are now working a full-time job in a remote capacity, it’s vital to care for your mind and body.
3 Ways to Nourish Mental Health in the Workplace:
1. Set Routines
Especially during the pandemic, setting routines has never been more important. An article from MSN discussed how routines helps to keep your body’s mental clock ticking while keeping a sense of normalcy during otherwise uncertain times.
To keep a routine, try to keep a consistent work out regime (if your schedule allows it). Alternatively, you could start more simply. Something like making your bed, stretching for 5 minutes, or drinking a full glass of water starts your day with an achievement. If you can start and finish at the same time each morning, you can create a lasting healthy habit.
2. Get Outside
Especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re fortunate enough to be turning a new leaf towards warmer weather. On the east, summer weather will be here in the coming weeks. Getting outside to enjoy the change of seasons is more important than ever!
Studies have shown that spending time outside can greatly increase positive mental health. Whether it’s taking a walk around the block, doing your normal workout routine in the backyard, or walking or taking a bike to the grocery store or bodega instead of driving (if you can, of course!) – make sure to get a few moments of time outdoors to help increase that serotonin!
3. Take Time for Yourself
It may sound obvious, but make sure you are setting time aside for yourself outside of work. It could mean turning off email notifications after hours or creating other workplace boundaries. By simply going for a walk without your cell phone, or reading a chapter of your favorite book, you can dedicate a few hours per week of pure, undisturbed “me time.” Positive mental health in the workplace depends on it!
Business Insider highlights the importance of separating “work and play.” Separating your time can have a massive positive impact on a traditional work-day slump. The “all or nothing” mentality can have a negative impact on your long-term mental health. Something as simple as taking a short 3 to 5 minute break for a quick walk or stretch can help to reengage your mind. To avoid feeling depleted, make sure you are constantly fueling up.