28 Sep

Mental Health in the Workplace

Last Days of Summer

As we enjoy the last days of Summer, our thoughts return to work and the humdrum of life and approaching Autumn and beyond. The nights are already drawing in and the last of the sunshine and heat is ebbing away…how do we hold all to all the positive things that the summer months provides us?

Wouldn’t it be great if all the goodness of summer could be stored up and slowly released through the rest of year through to next Spring. If you suffer from either S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder), depression or anxiety, or know someone that does, Autumn and Winter can have a significant impact if symptoms are ignored. The physical, mental and emotional affects, if unchecked, can build up to become overwhelming, this week the NHS released a report which said 1 in 3 fit notes are for mental health highlighting again the scale of the problem faced by employers.

Taking the time to think about how we respond to the changes in seasons and whether we need to have a plan to cope can make all the difference and enable us deal with the different pressures of life whether at work or at home.

If you employ or manage people then you will know that people don’t necessarily leave their “baggage at the door” and before you know it someone’s attendance and / or performance at work has changed. Having a better understanding of Mental Health and Wellbeing can pay dividends when it comes to being able to spot the early warning signs that someone isn’t coping and having the confidence to intervene early to prevent a problem and offer support.

At ‘Evolve’ we have a wide range of workplace workshops which aim to help employers, managers and their employees. We are lucky to go to many different businesses and organisations to deliver our workshops, such a Mental Health in the Workplace and Coping Under Pressure. One of our rewards is seeing those “light bulb” moments on peoples faces when they recognise something in themselves and more importantly leave at the end of a workshop feeling more informed and equipped with useful tips on what they can do to improve their wellbeing, whether it is physically, mentally or emotionally.

Some of the aspects we cover in our workshops include:

Mental Health & Wellbeing
Memory Issues
Inability to concentrate
Poor judgement
Negative thinking
Anxious or racing thoughts
Constant worrying
Obsessive behaviour

Physical Health Wellbeing
Aches and pains
IBS
Nausea and dizziness
Breathlessness
Poor sleep
Lack of energy
Poor immune system

Emotional Health & Wellbeing
Moodiness
Depression
Irritability or short fuse
Loneliness or isolation
Anxiety
Nervous habits, biting nails or pacing

Social / Behavioural Health & Wellbeing
Comfort eating or no appetite
Sleeping more or less
Isolating yourself at home or work
Procrastination or neglecting duties
Using alcohol, drugs or cigarettes

Bringing a sense of balance and discipline to our lives at work and or home will result in better balance in physical, mental and emotional wellbeing leading to happier and more productive lives.