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Mental Health in the Workplace

This Wednesday 10th October 2018 is WORLD Mental Health Day

I will be in Maidstone Kent at County Hall, Kent with the FSB for MENTAL HEALTH in the Workplace

It is sure to be a very informative event to help all employers and staff – to encourage a healthier happier workplace – which has a massive impact and helps people to feel so much happier.

What is good Mental Health?

“Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community”

The Mental Foundation reiterate this “Good mental health is not simply the absence of diagnosable mental health problems”

When a person’s Mental Health is compromised it can affect their work, their family life and friendships, and their physical health too.

Latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive is:

2016/2017 12.5 million working days lost due to Stress, Depression and Anxiety

Which is now 40% of all work absence, compared to the previous 2015/2016 of 37%

This equates to an average of 23.8 days a year lost per person

My personal argument is, there is also the days prior to absence – loss of focus and productivity when a person is feeling stressed, overwhelmed, tired, depressed or anxious. Prevention is always preferable, and it is in the interest of all of us, regardless of size of business – to look after our own Mental Health, to take responsibility. If you are the Boss, yours really matters, and is a great example for any employees you have, but also, if you feel good, the knock-on effect is -so will they.

To create the best working environment we can, offer and maintain a good Life/work balance and to let people know they are Valued.

No-one can run on empty, family and social life is important to our mental well being and happiness, making us more productive. One thing above all things, to get the best from an employee, to have great productivity and Loyalty – is to let them know they are Valued, that their role is important, to make sure they understand what their role is, and how it fits in with everyone else’s, and to spend time on their development  – so you have happy loyal productive employees.

A few tips:

  • Take lunch away from your desk or work station and have a proper break, go for a walk, even 10 minutes helps – most people do not do this!
  • Have regular team meetings
  • Prioritise workloads – to avoid duplication, and overwhelm and allow for –
  • Good time management
  • Leave work at a time that allows valuable time at home with your family, or friends
  • Exercise – in whatever form you love – the mental health benefits are huge, as well as gaining great physical health too
  • Take on a team challenge!
  • Practice Mindfulness – it works! as does learning Stress management
  • Train in Mental Health at work to help take the stigma away – we all have times we need help and support, you can also enlist dedicated companies for your staff to talk to
  • Have numbers for supportive organisations clearly visible – there are so many wonderful ones from MIND, to CALM (Campaign Against living miserably) aimed at men, ANXIETY UK, Heads Together, The Samaritans, Re-think Mental illness, Time to Change… there are so many

 

Just a few things, there is so much more. The work I do is to work on Confidence, and self-esteem to really help people recognise their skills and reach their full potential.

Andrea

Stress and Anxiety

A lot of people who come to see me are suffering with what they think is Anxiety, when in fact it is Stress and overwhelm.

Mindfulness practice can help, even just taking a deep slow breath, and giving yourself a ‘PAUSE’ to then choose and decide how you would like to proceed – even if it is to take some time out from a situation, even for 10 minutes.

Do you need to be saying ‘NO’  to taking on more than you can cope with? If you want to do a great job for someone – which is also taking on their expectations and standards too, coupled with your own – do you really have the time to do a great job for them?

A great way to say ‘No’ is ‘Let me check I have the time, to do a good job for you‘ – then really think about whether you do have the time, or that you even want to do what is being asked of you. you can say ‘No’ but add,’ it’s only No for now, as I’m so busy and can’t take anything else on‘ or is it maybe time that someone took their own responsibility – maybe you could offer to do part of what is being asked – if they also do their bit!

You can question why you may always be saying ‘Yes’

Questions to ask yourself – which can help you with Stress and Anxiety

‘What’s the worst that could happen – really?’       Think about this question – what is the worst really? in some scenarios it could be that someone is unhappy, even angry, that you are not doing what they want. Can you deal with that? probably you can.

‘is how I feel right now helpful to me and the situation?’ then ask yourself ‘what would serve me and the situation better?’ It takes a bit of practice, but if you forget to ask yourself – you will then reflect – which is all a process of learning – do cut yourself some slack – you’re a human, with emotions, and if you are stressed or anxious, your emotions are heightened.

For Anxiety – a great question is ‘where is my evidence that what I am worried about IS going to happen?’ Anxiety is worrying and projecting that worry into the future ‘what if…’ – something that happened in the past, is not evidence for what has not happened yet! If you are able to think instead of the best possible outcome (you can if you can think of the worst!) then your ‘mindset’ changes – into one of possibility – this then means you approach the situation differently, more positively – so the ‘odds’ of things going better than expected are raised.

So, ‘what if…it goes better than expected? that I meet someone interesting, or have fun, or make a valuable connection, or I am able to make someone smile, help them and make their day better?’

YOU CAN 🙂

please contact me if you want to know more

wonderful feedback from A2B course Confidence to be your best You

I thoroughly enjoyed running my A2B 10 week course ‘Confidence to be your best You’

Seeing the confidence grow in the attendees, week on week is amazing.

Here is the feedback received:

‘My Confidence levels have changed, I feel happier in myself’

I’ve learnt ‘it’s OK to be ME’  ‘My anxiety has reduced and I now sleep!’

‘I have thoroughly enjoyed this course, a great experience and beautifully put together’

‘I am more confident saying No, and have learnt new skills, and understanding and valuing myself’

‘My confidence has improved, and the course was presented in a kind and understanding way’

‘My confidence has changed a lot – there should be more courses like this one’

I also scored a 10, from everyone on how likely they would be to recommend my course 🙂

If you would like to know more, please do get in-touch

Andrea

Empowering people to make significant life changes

When people tell me I’ve helped them to make ‘life changes’ that make them feel more confident and happy, and have made significant breakthroughs – long after seeing me; it make me feel very very happy 🙂

we work together, to find out what you feel you can work with, I do gently challenge you too.

I use a variety of techniques in what’s called a ‘client centered’ way – lead by you and

‘Solution focused’ so about finding the right solution to make the changes you want and move you forward

A busy couple of weeks of talks, workshops and clients

The last couple of weeks, I have had the pleasure of continuing to run my ‘Confidence to be your best You’ course, with the most amazing results.

had 121 appointments with the most wonderful clients

Been a volunteer, as part of Young Enterprise, at a local girls school, which was so inspiring – helping them develop their confidence – they had to develop a business name, product and present their idea. They all did so well

Delivered a talk on ‘Perception’

I went to Kent Vision Live and met the lovely Steph McGovern from the BBC Breakfast and many other businesses

I’ve co-hosted on ClickRadio – part of Channel Radio – talking about the law of attraction

Been part of Women in Buisiness WIB, BBN – Brian’s Business Networking

and so much more – including sharing a 3rd business birthday with Jemma Fairclough-Haynes



photo courtesy of

Young Enterprise

 

 

 

 

Confidence session with an inspiring group of Dance Teachers

A wonderful session with The Right Steps Dance – they are so inspiring – teaching dance from young people, to visiting care homes.

We talked around how our minds work, how stress and anxiety can have an impact on us and our clients, how to prioritise tasks, and to not take on too much, by having the confidence to say that powerful little word – No – which can be hard to do sometimes
If your organisation would like a talk, please do let me know