Today is World Mental Health Day 2018
Today we celebrate World Mental Health Day, a day dedicated to spreading awareness about and promoting positive mental health. This year’s theme, as set by the World Federation of Mental Health, is ‘Young People and Mental Health In a Changing World.’
We’re always talking about the benefits of our rapidly changing world. From being more accessible to societal changes in the workplace, progress is always being made. But mental health awareness is still one area that seems to be overlooked, so it is important to highlight how we can improve our mental health and well-being.
We know that 50% of the global workforce will be SmartWorking by 2050, which means the future of work for many young people will be remote. But working on your own can be a lonely experience for many people. And while daily video calls and communication apps like Slack can ensure you’re never out of touch with colleagues, the need for face-to-face interactions are necessary for good mental well-being. Of course, it’s not just SmartWorkers who can suffer from loneliness. There are plenty of people who can feel completely alone working in a bustling office.
So, how can you maintain a positive mind in an ever changing world? Here’s some top tips for both remote and onsite workers:
Have Coffee Catch-Ups
Meeting up for coffee with the people important in your life is a great way to keep your mental health in check. Whether it’s a co-worker, family member or friend, these moments of connection are guaranteed to banish feelings of loneliness and give you the support you may need.
Do What Makes You Happy
Take some time today to recognise the things that make you happy. Maybe it’s playing with a pet, going for a long walk or jumping into a good book. Whatever it is that brings you joy, be sure to make time for it each day. These moments of happiness might be just what you need to make your day that bit brighter.
Be Honest With Yourself
It’s so easy to identify someone else’s faults, yet nearly impossible to see our own. Try being honest with yourself. Question the things you do and why you do them. Do you distract yourself from work? Turn up late regularly? Leave projects to the last minute? Try spending a few minutes today being honest with yourself. You might just identify some inhibitors you didn’t know you had.
I know, I know, it’s easier said than done, but think about it: take five minutes each day to mediate. Just five minutes! That’s such a small amount of time. Surely you can make time in your busy schedule to sit in a quiet room with no distractions and empty your mind? Don’t worry if you can’t empty it on the first go. Meditating is a skill which develops over time, but the effects it can have, even on a beginner, are instantaneous and beneficial. If there was ever a day to start meditating, it’s today.
With Abodoo SmartWorking we believe every day should be focused on our health and healthy state of mind. To get matched with a job and company that enables you to do the same, register today!