We brought HR and wellbeing leads together from across different sectors to share their wellbeing related challenges, and exchange ideas on how to combat the ever-increasing levels of stress and anxiety as we start to return to the office.
Here are some of the big questions we asked:
The HR and Wellbeing leads around the (Zoom) table spanned a variety of sectors, from financial services, communications and supporting pharma companies to satisfy drug regulations. Whilst their businesses are very different, when it comes to employee wellbeing, there's a lot in common.
The greatest challenges related to keeping colleagues connected and motivated whilst working remotely. Despite...
Covid has disrupted families, broken hearts and affected minds and with the latest statistics on mental health just emerging, what do we see? According to Eddie Hawthorne, the chief executive of Arnold Clarke (a large car retail group) “mental health concerns have hit the roof”. Combine this with the latest from the University of Glasgow who found that lockdown had a major escalation in suicidal thoughts, depression, loneliness and self-harm and one can see that as we tighten up restrictions again, the resilience of our mental health is once again being put under fire.
Over the past few months, mental health teams have reported that patients with existing mental health conditions have suffered from significant relapses in their conditions and most surprisingly, people with no known mental health issues have presented in acute crisis.
There’s no definitive reason why some took lockdown like a beach holiday and others felt as though they were...
What do you think when we say the words, “mental health”. Just pause for a second. Did you think wellness or sickness? Did you think of a depressed relative or an individual in quiet, zen-like calmness as they practice a mindful meditation class. Unlike physical health, throughout history, society has become prejudicial to mental health and more importantly mental illness. But, our past doesn’t have to be the deciding force in our future! And thankfully, things are changing.
If we think of mental health more like working out at the gym, it helps move our focus towards training both our mental health and our mental fitness. The buzz word in psychology for this is mental resilience. So what type of mental sit-ups and press-ups can you do to train your mental health muscles? Follow the WorkLifeWell Mental Health Workout with these easy daily steps.
Eat right - They say, you are what you eat, but what about...
For many of you, there will have been a time in your life where you felt anxious. From butterflies in the stomach, sweaty palms, a fast heart rate, increased breathing and a possible feeling of doom, you probably recognise some, if not all of these symptoms.
Anxiety as a subject, however, is very complex with numerous categories, sub-classifications, diagnoses and experiences. It may surprise many of you that there is a difference between anxiety as a symptom versus an actual anxiety disorder. So what’s that difference?
Anxiety as a symptom is a normal reaction to stress. For some it can be quite motivating, while for others it can be disabling. On the other hand, an anxiety disorder tends to be more prolonged, out of context with the current stress, impairs many aspects of your life and can alter your ability to think straight.
So it is vital to continue with the discussion clarifying that this conversation is focused to the sensation of anxiety and not an anxiety...