Mental Health – Nurturing a Work-Life Balance

Welcome to the ESPC Workplace Wellness Blog series! This month, July, let’s focus on your mental health as a working professional.

What’s the best thing about this blog series? It’s a fit for everyone! As the month draws to a close, treat yourself to a light-hearted and informative blog post that promotes a harmonious work-life balance.

Workplace Wellness Flywheel

Switch off from Technology

New research and our growing understanding about human behavior tell us two things for certain: that unplugging is more necessary than ever, and that true unplugging is not a single action but a social agreement—a culture shift that employees and companies must create together (Singer-Velush, N., 2019).

Prioritize winding down from a fun-filled day of working in front of tech devices to reach ultimate relaxation. This can include taking a brisk walk or jog, practicing mindfulness techniques or meditation podcasts, reading a book or pursuing any other hobbies that you enjoy.

Explore Personal Interests

Out of office activities can bring you a sense of fulfillment. This could be learning a language, playing an instrument, painting, gardening, cooking…the list continues! Find that balance and enhance your overall well-being by implementing a meaningful activity into your weekly routine. Pick up something from your past or take up something new – the opportunities are endless!

Recharge and Rejuvenate Regularly

It can be so easy to get lost in work that you don’t see the time go by. Throughout your workday, make time to stretch, go for a walk to feel refreshed. A study by Korpela, Kinnunen, Geurts, de Bloom and Sianoja (2016) [3] found that taking lunchtime breaks and detaching from work, increases levels of energy at work and decreases exhaustion (The Wellbeing Thesis, 2019).

Seek Support

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If you’re feeling overwhelmed with work, don’t be afraid to ask your colleagues to give you a helping hand. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to do everything on your own – the workplace is a community after all! Community is about being together and being something bigger than yourself – Heather Cook, Microsoft.

Note

Maintaining that all-important work-life balance requires commitment and sticking to a plan that feels good for you. Finding the time to engage in activities that Prioritizing your mental health and making time for activities that bring you joy and relaxation is essential for maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Stay tuned for top health tips coming soon in next month’s workplace wellness blog post.

Reference

The Wellbeing Thesis, 2019, The Importance of Taking Breaks, The Wellbeing Thesis, Available at: thewellbeingthesis.org.uk/foundations-for-success/importance-of-taking-breaks-and-having-other-interests/ [Accessed on 7 July 2023]

Singer-Velush, N., 2019, Why Unplugging from Work Is More Work than We Think, workplaceinsights.microsoft.com, Available at: https://workplaceinsights.microsoft.com/ [Accessed on 7 July 2023]

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