With it being Mental Health Awareness Week in the US (Sunday 6th October – Saturday 12th October), you may have been exposed to more positive and influential messages which are asking the world to be aware of what is going on around us, not only at home but also in the workplace.

Reading this article, “We asked the experts for advice on how to look after your mental health at work” by Lottie @ Glamour, what I found to be the most surprising fact is “the average person will spend 90,000 hours at work in their lifetime” – so what are we doing to not only ensure our workplace environment is a positive experience, what are we doing to ensure we are being mindful of our colleagues wellbeing, but also what are we doing to ensure our own working experience is a positive one?

Lottie Winter, a Mental Health Advocate @ Glamour Mag UK highlights: 

  • How can I boost my wellness at work?
  • What do I do if there’s a toxic atmosphere in the office?
  • How can I support my colleagues’ mental health?
  • What do I do if I’m struggling?
  • Are there any easy coping techniques to help deal with stressful situations?

Lottie also refers to Living Ashram – an organisation created to empower and activate businesses to foster positive change within their own organisations, and furthermore the communities they touch. “Business are increasingly realising that a focus on wellness can have a positive effect on productivity, staff turnover, team cohesiveness and even profitably”.

Reading further Living Ashram predicts:

“Mental ill health will cost the global economy $16 trillion between 2010 and 2030, and is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK, costing UK businesses £35 billion annually”.

So maybe now is the time to reflect, because even the smallest things can make a difference.

Written by Cydney Georgiou.