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Published on 11 May 2021

We cover different ways to help look after mental health in the workplace and build resilience to stress.

Mental health affects 1 in 4 people in the UK each year. With the country slowly easing its way back to normality, taking time to prioritise your mental health is as important as ever.

Work can make us feel good about ourselves and give us a sense of purpose, but for some it can also have a negative effect on mental health. To cope with the stresses of work and overcome what life can throw at us, it is important we stay on top of our mental health.

Here are our five ways to boost your mental health at work:

TALK.
It's important to remember that you can talk about your feelings at work. This can help you maintain your mental health and deal with times when you feel stressed or troubled.

STAY ACTIVE.
Taking regular exercise can really help boost your self-esteem, not to mention help you concentrate, sleep and feel better. Experts say that we should aim to do 30 minutes of exercise, 5 days a week.

EAT AND DRINK WELL.
What we eat and drink can affect how we feel both immediately and in the longer term. It's important to bear in mind that a good diet that benefits your physical health is also good for your mental health.

TAKE UP A HOBBY.
Enjoying yourself is an excellent way to combat stress. At work, you may have a hobby you’d like to share or join in with colleagues. For example, a work running club or crafting group can be a great way to share a skill with others and enjoy yourself.

MAINTAIN RELATIONSHIPS.
Maintaining relationships and collaborating in a supportive team is important for mental health at work. If working relationships break down it can lead to tension. Seeking out a friend or trusted work colleague with whom you can share your feelings can help you work through any challenges you experience in your workplace.


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Source: www.mentalhealth.org.uk

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