What is Wellbeing?

 

Wellbeing can relate to how we feel in terms of mental, physical and financial health. Usually, when discussing wellbeing, people focus on mental wellbeing and finding ways to develop coping strategies surrounding metal health specifically.

 

Work can cause or exacerbate mental health problems, in conjunction with other situations like bullying, uncertainty, lack of control or poor work/life balance. Mental illness is one of the leading causes of long-term sickness at work which can further contribute towards heightened stress and anxiety.

 

1 in 6 people will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime, yet 71% of workers in the UK consider this to be a taboo subject. Organisations should adopt a preventative approach, fostering an environment where people can talk openly about mental health or other areas of wellbeing that are concerning them such as fitness or financial wellbeing.

 

How to Promote Wellbeing at work?

 

It is vital to promote a culture that is open to discussing wellbeing, and an awareness that ‘it’s ok not to be ok’. You can provide access to apps that promote good wellbeing, such as meditation apps, as well as putting aside time for people to switch off and move away from an ‘always on’ culture.

 

Flexibility that allows sufficient time for colleagues to do things that promote wellbeing will make a huge difference. Within a team, you can also arrange group activities, allocate meeting time to discuss wellbeing, or check in during 1-2-1’s.

 

You can also take steps to promote the 5 ways of wellbeing, which are to: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Learn and Give.

 

Connect

Connecting by talking and listening to one another is vital for our wellbeing. Try to:

  • Talk to someone instead of sending an email
  • Speak to someone new
  • Ask how someone’s weekend was and really listen when they tell you
  • Put five minutes aside to find out how someone really is

 

Be Active

Exercise can help physical health, but not everyone has time for prolonged activity. Walking is a good form of exercise, and as a communal activity or in pairs can also act as an opportunity to connect. You could go for short walks on your lunch break, or to and from work if you live a suitable distance away. Other simple things like choosing to take the stairs instead of the lift can also improve your wellbeing.

 

Take Notice

Reminding yourself to take notice and be mindful by paying attention to your surroundings can help you to be more present and understand where certain stressors may lie. When tackled, you can start to focus more on enjoying the moment. Some simple suggestions:

  • Get a plant for your workspace
  • Have a ‘clear the clutter’ day
  • Take notice of how your colleagues/people at home are feeling or acting

 

Learn

Learning helps us feel more connected, empowered, and engaged, which can in turn improve self-esteem. You could:

  • Sign up for a class
  • Join a book club or make a reading list
  • Do crossword or Sudoku puzzles
  • Learn a new skill or language

 

Give

By connecting more with the community and carrying out acts of kindness, people’s sense of

purpose, happiness, and wellbeing increases as a result. Some ideas include:

  • Signing up to a sponsored activity such as a run or walk
  • Having a bake off
  • Volunteering with your local community
  • Supporting charities

 

Resources to promote wellbeing

Headspace

Breeze

Sleep cycle

Mind

Step Change

 

 

Get in touch

At The Arena, we take pride in our membership resources and hope that they are a source of support to develop inclusive practices, conversations, and behaviours. If you have any feedback on our resources, or have any suggestions / updates to share to make them more relevant, then please email us at hello@thearenanetwork.com.