Health and wellbeing

Whether it’s work or juggling the balance of relationships and childcare, there are many lifestyle factors that contribute to stress that eventually lead to further mental health problems. We’ve got lots of tips and ideas covering the key areas of health and wellbeing to help you manage your mental health and feel your best self.

Work life balance

Laura Archer, author of 'Gone For Lunch: 52 things to do in your lunch break'

Did you know that a year’s worth of lunch breaks equates to almost 6 extra weeks of annual leave? This is what Laura discovered when she decided to reclaim her lunch breaks for herself. The results were increased energy, happiness, and greater job satisfaction. Laura will help you identify the signs of “burnout” before they happen, and provide some practical tips for achieving a work/life balance, starting with walking away from your desk!

Exercise

Harry Thomas, No1 Fitness

Harry Thomas has always displayed a passion for fitness, not to mention an entrepreneurial streak. He knows from his own experience and from coaching clients that exercise has a huge impact on mental health. Harry outlines the link between physical and mental wellbeing and offers 5 practical tips for achieving better physical and mental health through regular exercise.

Burnout

Burnout is a state of physical and emotional exhaustion. It can occur when you experience long-term stress in your job, or when you have worked in a physically or emotionally draining role for a long time. Burnout can also be a result of juggling multiple roles in your life, such as childcare, finances and relationships. Burnout can lead to symptoms of anxiety, depression and other mental health problems.

Burnout

Managing Stress

Mental Health UK Team

Stress is a big issue for Britain today. In the UK’s largest ever stress survey, 74% of people said stress has made them feel overwhelmed and unable to cope. But there are lots of little ways you can help manage stress every day. Andy and Dave from Mental Health UK share some of the ways they handle stress at work, and some small changes which can really make all the difference.

Coping with stress

Sleep

Faye, Eve Sleep

Having recently conducted a survey with over 2000 Brits, Eve Sleep discovered that 79% of us struggle to switch off at bedtime and 60% of us wake up in the night with thoughts of work and other worries. The most common knock-on effects include tiredness, being less productive, being snappy and feeling over-emotional. Faye will help you to identify bad sleep patterns and offer some practical tips for improving your nights’ sleep.

Sleep and Mental Health

Quitting Smoking

Smoking can impact your mental health and wellbeing. Find out how smoking and mental health are related, and how you can manage your mental health when quitting. Research published by the World Health Organisation in 2021 revealed that smoking tobacco makes it more likely for you to develop a mental health condition. In addition, people who live with a mental illness are twice as likely to use tobacco.

Smoking and Mental Health

Body image

The term ‘body image’ relates to how we think or feel about our bodies. Many of us will experience a negative feeling towards our body at some point in our lives, and these feelings prolonged can cause symptoms of anxiety, depression and eating disorders. Find out more about what exactly the term ‘body image’ means and how you can help yourself to feel more positively about your body.

Body image and mental health

Taking your thoughts to court

Negative thinking can lead to feeling stressed, which can prevent us from performing our best at work. Taking your thoughts to court is a simple, yet effective, exercise taught in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help you address negative thinking. Our simple video helps you to learn this technique and put it into practice at work.

Talking about mental health at work

If we noticed a colleague had a bad cough or had started to limp we would ask them how they’re doing and show our support. But sometimes we can be nervous about asking someone how they are doing mentally.

Downloadable resources

Conversation Guide: talking to someone about mental health

It can be tricky to know how to have that first chat about mental health, or to find the ‘right’ words once you do. This resource is to support with exactly that. We also have a mobile-friendly and printer-friendly version.

Conversation Guide: talking about suicide

Suicide can be a difficult topic to broach. This resource is to support you with this, sharing warning signs and tips on what you can do and where you can go for further help. We also have a mobile-friendly and printer-friendly version.

The stress bucket

Healthy levels of stress can help push us, but sometimes it makes us feel like we can’t do anything at all. This simple tool helps us to think about ways we can release stress.

Wellbeing workplan

Use our Wellbeing Workplan to keep yourself well in the workplace

5 top tips for mental wellbeing

Looking after our mental health is just as important as our physical health. This document has 5 simple ideas to help improve our mental wellbeing. 

Managing stress and building resilience

Mentally healthy workplaces are everyone’s business. This short guide shares practical tips for coping with stress yourself, and also as a manager. 

Mental health awareness posters

Download our posters to use in your workplace to help raise awareness of mental health in the workplace.

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