Secondment: Paying it Forward
1 in 4 people experience mental health problems in the workplace.
With that in mind, last year we began a campaign to help our people and those around them and battle the stigma surrounding mental health.
One year on, mental health awareness is growing thanks both in our offices and around the world.
We can’t take all the credit for that. Global events such as World Mental Health Day were probably a little more impactful than our campaign…
Whatever the campaign, raising awareness of mental health issues and continuing to talk about mental health is a cause that more and more organisations around the world are getting behind.
To mark World Mental Health Day 2018, our London office held a mindfulness workshop for the team.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by taking the time to focus on thoughts and feelings in the present moment. It’s often the basis of meditations and can vastly improve the mental health of those who practice it.
The workshop provided hints and tips to incorporate these practices into our personal and professional lives.
Why does it matter?
Studies have shown that mindfulness can ‘re-wire’ the brain. After just eight weeks of mindfulness practice, fear and stress are reduced, and decision-making and concentration improved.
Most importantly, it can also help to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Mindfulness in the workplace
- Non-judgement, trust and acceptance; these are the core principles to mindfulness. Incorporating these into your everyday lives will alleviate stress and improve your mental health.
- Encourage your people to carry out short meditations at their desk. Sounds strange, but it’s really helpful in preventing stress.
- Ease the pressure on yourself and approach situations with a beginner’s mind to achieve the best possible outcome.
After just once session the impact was noticeable. Many of us will be using the techniques we have learnt to help us in future.