Mental Health Awareness Week is here, and we’ll be celebrating from Monday 13th May through to Sunday 19th May this year.
Mental health problems affect 1 in 4 people, with 75% of all mental health cases being established by the age of 24. As the conversation around mental health grows, we also hope to shine a light on the preventative measures that can support you in managing your mental health, especially at work.
If you are observing Mental Health Awareness Week in your place of work, or you would like to start prioritising your mental health, now is the time to do it.
Here are seven ways you can celebrate the week and foster a better way of working moving forwards:
1. Join The Reignite Project
One of the most common reasons people take sick days is due to stress, depression and anxiety. Long-term, unresolved stress can manifest itself as burnout, and stop you from attending work or even running your own business.
It’s why we launched The Reignite Project last year, with the aim of preventing burnout in 600,000 people by 2023. If burnout is something you’ve experienced, we recommend reading about signs of burnout, understanding the five stages of burnout, and joining The Reignite Project too.
The Reignite Project is a free, 10-week e-course sent straight to your inbox. You can sign up here to get started.
2. Watch The Reignite Project’s short film
To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, we’ve also launched our new short film for The Reignite Project! The film focuses on burnout and how to prevent it, with real life case studies from three diverse entrepreneurs and business owners.
Head on over to The Reignite Project page to give it a watch!
3. Start talking about mental health
Talking about mental health is an important step to take this week. By speaking up, you can help end the stigma around mental health, and also foster a better workplace culture when talking about it at work.
Find out how to talk about mental health in our guide - you could start with a friend, a family member, or a professional - whoever you feel comfortable with.
If you’re a solo worker, i.e. business owner, freelancer, or entrepreneur, you can action this by following our 12 ways to manage your mental health guide.
4. Get informed about stress
If you would like to reduce your stress levels, and build your mental resilience, we recommend taking our digital wellbeing video training course too. You can follow the course at your own pace, and once you have access, can revisit it as often as needed.
5. Develop your support network
A support network is a group of people who care about you - these can be everyone from your family, friends, colleagues, clients, and even your followers online.
It’s important to take some time to develop and nurture your relationships alongside your work. We humans are social creatures, so spending time with people who care about you - and who you care about - can really boost how you are feeling.
You could also consider adding role models into your support network - follow the people who inspire you on social media, read up on their life stories, and maybe even contact them for advice. Who knows - you may just end up forging a great connection!
For entrepreneurs, developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem is also important - this is a network of start-ups and support organisations that facilitate collaborations and connections. It can support you when you need to find new clients, and share your experiences and advice with likeminded individuals. Feel free to join the Calmer Community on Facebook too!
6. Create a business wellbeing strategy
For business owners and business teams, creating and launching a business wellbeing strategy this week may be particularly beneficial.
A business wellbeing strategy can support the mental health of your team, and improve your workplace culture. At Calmer, we believe a happy mind makes for a happy business. This is especially true of start-ups and SMEs, who rely on a small yet effective set of people to keep the business functioning.
By creating a business wellbeing strategy, you can benefit from:
Improved team morale
Higher levels of motivation
Reduced levels of stress and burnout
Reduced staff turnover
7. Schedule regular check-ins with your mental health
And finally - make time for yourself. Giving yourself the opportunity to check in with your mental health on a regular basis can enable you to reduce your stress levels and prevent burnout from occurring.
This doesn’t have to be a meditation practice or anything you feel uncomfortable with. Your mental health check-in could be:
Writing in a gratitude journal each day
Devising a to-do list each day or week
Reflecting on your work and how you feel each month
If you’d like a structured check-in from us, we recommend signing up to the Calmer Newsletter, which will drop into your inbox every Wednesday with new ideas, events, and more.