As lockdown continues, and we face another few months of life without access to our traditional gym settings, I have been inundated with questions regarding training strategies that can be implemented at home.
Talking about mental health is difficult in any situation, let alone at work. Talking can make us feel vulnerable and open to judgement. According to one study, 49% of people said they felt unable to speak to their manager about their mental health issues, while 57% who did speak to their manager felt that they did not receive any significant help.
In another survey, respondents who hadn’t experienced poor mental health were asked what they would do if they did. The majority (42.5%), said they would say nothing and try to carry on as normal.
When it comes to mental health it is an incredibly difficult thing to deal with and support someone through. Most people will at least know someone dealing with a mental health issue. Reach out to them, even if they isolate themselves, just knowing someone cares can be a huge help. For those of you who this may have affected, I encourage you to talk to someone. HR departments can be a great resource to reach out to as they can provide practical help.
But what if your workplace isn’t big enough for an HR department - simply by listening and supporting, organisations can make a huge difference to their employees’ experience at work, and even their lives beyond office hours. This benefits the organisation just as much as it does the individual. Mental health is personal, but it plays a huge part in workplace productivity. An estimated 12.7% of sickness absence days each year are attributed to poor mental health. Experts estimate that as much as £8 billion could be saved each year if there was better mental health support in the workplace.
But what does a supportive workplace look like? It often involves the following key factors:
Imagine playing a complex board game where everyone is playing by their own rules, except you don’t know what the rules are or how to invent your own. That’s what life can feel like when we haven’t learnt the skill of healthy personal boundaries.
Want to feel more energised, in control and understand yourself better? Feel calmer? Or feel happier? Whether your journey is personal or professional, I can help get you there.
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