03 Apr 10 ways to look after your mental wellbeing every day
We all know that work, work, work is unsustainable, but with a few simple tweaks, you can work harder for longer, and feel great doing it.
You work out to look after your physical health, but are you putting in enough effort to care for your mental wellbeing? Taking steps to build your mental wellbeing shouldn’t just be for when you’re feeling low. When you do something on a regular basis, it becomes second nature and can be part of your strategy to win in work.
Here are Sales Confidence’s ten ways you can incorporate mental wellbeing into your day, every day.
1 — Relax
Take some time each day to slow your brain down. We all have our own different techniques for relaxation, but why not try something a bit different? Have a go at grown-up colouring, meditation or mindfulness. You never know, they might change your life!
2 — Keep a diary
Track your progress on improving your mental wellbeing by keeping a mood diary. It will help you work out what elements of your day create the most stress. When you know this, you can communicate it and take steps to manage it.
3 — Exercise
We all know that regular exercise releases endorphins that improve your mood. But what about if you’re so busy that you can’t go for a run or get to the gym? Try walking to work instead of taking the tube the whole way, or go for a walk during your lunch hour. Make the world your gym!
4 — Eat healthily
Eating regularly maintains your blood sugar levels and helps to stop mood swings. It also helps you keep your concentration when completing a task. But, make it good food too — lots of fruit and veg. Go easy on the biscuits. Drink lots of water. This is easy stuff!
5 — Get a good night’s sleep
You’re not yourself when you’re tired. Tired people can’t concentrate; they get irritable more quickly; they struggle to enjoy the day. Try to get as much sleep as you can, particularly before a big day at work. You have the weekends to party.
6 — Be organised
We get stressed when we feel the day getting out of control when we can’t manage the number of tasks that we have to do. Try to get better at time management. In the evenings, create a plan for the day ahead. It will help you allocate the right amount of time to your tasks.
7 — Socialise
If you’re working on your own, you can often go for hours without seeing another human being. This is not good for your mental health. Do something social every day, like a phone, video call or coffee with a friend or colleague.
8 — Communicate with your team
Stress often arises from a lack of communication. Talk to your team members about how you are feeling. It will help them know when they can push you, or when they need to cut you some slack. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
9 — Set goals
Our brains like to have something to aim towards. It keeps us motivated and we get a sense of satisfaction when we have achieved it. Set goals for yourself in all aspects of your life, such as your career, fitness, learning. Track your progress to stay on the right path.
10 — Celebrate your milestones
When you’ve completed your tasks for the day, or hit one of your targets, reward yourself. Our mental wellbeing takes a hit when we just keep going without taking time out to recharge. This approach is unsustainable. Be good to yourself.
Over to you
Now, we want to know what you think.
What do you do every day to look after your mental wellbeing? Perhaps you have a favourite self-help resource? Maybe you have a musical instrument at your desk to cheer you up when things get too much?
Share your secrets with the Sales Confidence community by leaving a comment below.