Mental health is something we all need to work to protect and maintain. Having the right tools and techniques in your back pocket could leave you better prepared for the tougher times and allow you to create a positive, productive environment both at work and at home.
With an estimated 11% of Australians suffering depressive disorders, and 20% from anxiety according to a report from Beyond Blue, taking a proactive approach towards mental health is something we all need to do.
Taking responsibility for protecting your own mental health is often the first step to a clearer mind and a happier life. There’s plenty of advice out there about how best to perform your mental housekeeping, but it’s really all about finding a solution that works for you.
Originally developed by the New Economics Foundation, there are Five Ways to Wellbeing, which can easily be incorporated into daily life. They include:
Connect with people Strong relationships are the foundation of mental wellbeing. It may be spending more time with family and friends, or finally getting around to speaking to that colleague who works on the other side of the building, but connect with people as often as you can.
Be active Always make time in your week to do some exercise. It could be social like a game of tennis, or just a walk in the great outdoors, but a healthy body is a healthy mind.
Keep learning Stimulate your brain by picking up an old skill or trying out a new one. Now’s the time to learn a language or do that professional development course at work you’ve been thinking about.
Give Giving back to the local community or helping out a friend or colleague is a great way to boost your self-esteem and raise a smile.
Take notice This means taking the time for yourself to notice and appreciate what is around you. A great way to do this is through the mindfulness and meditation and calming breathing techniques.
Taking simple, proactive steps to improve and maintain your mental health both at home and in the workplace is the first step in improving your overall wellbeing If you are struggling with your mental health there is always someone who can help you. Call LifeLine on 13 11 14 for 24 hour support.
The health and medical information is general information only and is not a substitute for advice from a qualified medical or other health professional. Always consult your general practitioner or a medical specialist