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Mental Well-Being At Work

Mental Well-being at Work

Staff Wellbeing - Mental Wellbeing at Work

Productivity is affected by mental well-being.

Since every action we take is governed by the mind, our state of mind affects the quality of our work.

If we improve our mental wellbeing and make ourselves more resilient, focused, rational, and optimistic, then these mental states will combine to improve our actions and therefore our productivity.

How can we improve our mental health and wellbeing?

Mental health has causes (as does mental ill-health). In order to improve our mental health, we must initiate its causes and remove any barriers.

Here is how:

1. We take control of our dominant thoughts.

How we feel is the product of our dominant thoughts.

If our thoughts are focused on images of bad futures, then we will feel worried and anxious. If our thoughts are focused on images of bad events from the past, then we will feel angry and upset.

If our thoughts are focused on how "things were better in the good old days", then we will feel dissatisfied with the present day.

Only if our thoughts are focused on how we may make the future better than the past, will we feel motivated, optimistic and confident.

A big step to mental health is the recognition that we have the capacity to direct the focus of our minds.

We take control of our mind and direct it towards plans for a better future.

2. Self-concept.

The self-concept is a mental image of "who we think we are": our potentials; our limitations; and where we think we fit into the scheme of things.

People with mental health challenges often have poor self-concept, (self-image).

People who feel more confident have developed an empowered self-concept (self-image); they see themselves as able, intelligent, and capable of succeeding.

Mental health training includes an understanding of how to build the self-concept.

3. Social environment.

We are all affected by our environment, especially the people with whom we spend time.

If we spend time with hostile, negative, or fearful people, these people will negatively impact our own mental states.

If we spend time with optimistic, self-disciplined, hard-working, and honest people, these will positively influence our mental state.

So, choose your associates very carefully because they will affect your mental state.

Move away from negative people.

Move towards positive people.

4. Healthy mind, healthy body.

Our bodies affect our minds. If our physical body is in great condition, we are well-rested, well-fed, and well-trained, then positive states tend to support positive emotional states.

And the reverse is also true.

If we have bad health habits; poor nutrition; no exercise; bad sleep patterns, then these bad physical habits will manifest bad mental-emotional states.

To improve your mental state, improve your physical state.

Eat well, sleep well, exercise three times a week.

5. Manage time and tasks.

Poor time management skills create multiple crises, that have a negative effect on the mind.

Work pressures mount as we fall behind on tasks.

People who are on top of their work because the properly prioritise their tasks, and delegate non-essential tasks to others, are freed from many of the stresses that cause work mental health problems.

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If you want training on how to improve mental health for the staff in your offices, please call us. We can help.

About the Author: Chris Farmer

Chris

Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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