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HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE How to build a


positive approach


to achieving awesome mental health


At the time of writing this, it’s over six months since the start of a tremendous period of change. As the Government responded to the challenge of Covid-19, businesses had to make rapid decisions often focused purely on survival. Across the East Midlands, I saw local businesses


make hard but necessary decisions, and I also saw the impact this had on employers and staff. It’s been an unsettling time. In my practice, I’ve seen increases in anxiety,


depression, grief and loss. In light of this, it seems appropriate and helpful


to offer a few tips to help my fellow Chamber members achieve positive mental health.


1. DO ONE THING We all have to start somewhere so let’s make it easy. If you’re feeling demotivated or overwhelmed,


pick one thing and do it. It doesn’t matter what it is but if it’s fun or enjoyable, then it’s even more effective. When I’m stuck, I make coffee! I know I make a great


cup of coffee and I enjoy drinking it. This one activity gets me moving, reminds me I’m good at something and changes my mood. Write down the one thing that you’re really good at and pin it around the house or office as an easy reminder.


2. FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN CONTROL Don’t waste your valuable energy on trying to change the world. It’s very aspirational and worthy but not exactly the best use of time if you’re feeling a bit rubbish. Instead, use that same energy to change your world.


Remember the first tip? Pick one thing you can control, focus on that and be in control of your own actions. If you struggle with this, then the next tip might help.


3. PAUSE Don’t underestimate the power of a pause. If your thoughts or actions aren’t helping you, then


pause and ask, “Is there something I can think or do which will be more helpful?”. Don’t make life hard for yourself. Give yourself a break


and pause now and again - you might be surprised at the options that are hiding between your habitual responses. Which neatly brings me to the next tip.


4. BECOME AWARE OF YOUR BEHAVIOURS Changes in our everyday behaviours are the most visible sign of a mental health issue. Have you lost your sense of humour? Maybe you’re more irritable?


business network October 2020 51


‘Write down the one thing that you’re really good at and pin it around the house or office as an easy reminder’


By Tracey Hartshorn, accredited psychotherapist, wellness coach and mental health trainer


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