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Encouraging your Employees to Prioritise their Mental Health

Mental health is now more important than ever. With the stresses and strains of life and the added pressure of the current cost of living crisis, now is the time to ensure you and your employees are prioritising their mental health. This could involve various activities.

Prioritise Your Mental Health by Switching-Off from Work

Do you remember the days when you couldn’t access your emails from anywhere but the office? Or before mobile phones were so commonplace? Where business hours were, in fact, business hours?

With the amount of accessibility these days, many people feel obliged to be on-hand 24-7. How often do you look at your phone? Or check your work emails? It’s so easy to do! However, to prioritise your mental health and to encourage your employees to do the same, we must encourage people to switch off from work.

Working during what is supposed to be time off is known as Leaveism. Trying to discourage leaveism in your organisation is the best way to encourage you and your employees to take care of their mental health. Live in the moment and take time away from work to focus on other aspects of your life.

Steps Towards Prioritising Mental Health 

Encouraging your employees to increase their step count is another excellent way to prioritise mental health as well as your physical health.

A recent study suggests that the recommended 10,000 steps per day, although a great goal to work towards, isn’t entirely necessary for health and well-being. In fact, just 4,000 steps per day can drastically reduce the risk of dying prematurely, and just 2,300 is enough to benefit your mental and physical health.

Forgetting about the step count – walking, in general, is good for your mental health as it releases endorphins, reduces stress, improves sleep, increases vitamin D, gives a sense of achievement and encourages mindfulness and relaxation.

The Importance of Employee Mental Health 

In today’s digital world, it can be so easy to get bogged down and not go outside and take in all nature has to offer.

Encouraging your employees to get involved in activities that are positive for their mental health and well-being leads to happy employees and a more successful organisation overall.  

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