The theme for 2017 is ‘Mental Health in the Workplace’.
Poor mental health is one of the biggest issues in the workplace today causing over 70 million working days to be lost each year.
• 9 out of 10 people with mental health problems experience stigma and discrimination.
• One in 5 people take a day off work due to stress. • A quarter of people considering resigning due to stress.
• 56% of UK adults said they would not employ someone with depression, even if they were the best candidate
for the job.
• 67% of employees feel scared, embarrassed or unable to talk about mental health concerns with their employer.
• 37% of men are feeling worried or low, yet their wives, partners and friends may have no idea.
Worrying statistics, yet there is so much we can do.
- 26th July, 2017
- Mental Health
The benefit of exercise is not a new topic. We are constantly being encouraged to think about our health; what we eat, how much we sleep, what exercise we take, keeping our minds active and avoiding isolation. This isn’t the first article we’ve put on our website either. Exercise not only improves your physical health, but also cognition. It has global effects on the brain, enriching function in areas that traditionally have not been thought to be related to exercise. Click here for more details.
Self-affirmation Does it really work? Can we think ourselves better than we feel?
American Psychologist, Claude Steele, popularised self-affirmation in the 1980’s which examines how being forced outside our comfort zones affect our self-esteem. Studies have found that self-affirmation leads to “better mental and physical well-being, including greater happiness, hopefulness, optimism and health with less sadness and anger.”
Breaking the Lethargy Spiral
Feeling depressed is a vicious spiral. Your negative thoughts make you feel miserable, inadequate and discouraged, which means you feel slowed down and tired and less inclined to be active. Your activity level goes down, you start to avoid situations, which means that you don’t have positive thoughts and experiences; your confidence is further reduced, which increases the negative thoughts and low mood & so on.
So What is the Way Out?