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August Wellness Month

Looking after yourself and your employees

August is National Wellness Month which focuses on self-care, managing stress and promoting healthroutines. These may look different to everyone. HR is all about looking after your employees so now is a good time for a reminder, but obviously encourage these all year round.  

 

Research has shown that self-care helps to manage stress and promotes happiness. People often think self-care is about putting on a face mask, having a bath or getting a massage but it can be different for everyone. It might be creating a new routine to stretch every day, adapting to a healthier diet, getting a short walk in at lunchtime or making more time for yourself or your family (pets included).  It is summer in the UK so take some time to soak up that vitamin D from the sun (when it is out) as it is proven to contribute to the normal functioning of the immune system and can increase serotonin as the brain contains receptors for vitamin D.  

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Take time to rest! 

I’m sure many of you have heard of burnout; mental stress can also lead to physical stress and getting rundown and becoming unwell.  The World Health Organisation defines burnout as ‘syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed’. Therefore, it is important as both individuals and for employers to help manage stress at work to avoid this. People often feel ashamed for needing help or believe their work environments wouldn’t support slowing down. 

 Frequently, people equate it to having a cold, believing that one day of rest should make everything better. People with symptoms of burnout may fear that taking time away from work or investing in self-care makes them “weak,” and that burnout is best overcome by working harder. Grace Beverley talks about Burnout in her new book WORKING HARD HARDLY WORKING and how to manage time and stress long-term. Particularly during and after the pandemic, it is sometimes hard to get a healthy work/life balance. 

Mintel Trends predict that ‘Burnout’ will take a new precedence and that well-being will be incorporated into every day, routine tasks at home. Mintel states that ‘the pandemic has propelled us toward an even greater sense of wellbeing, completely challenging the notion of healthy living today and in the future.’ 

 

At HealthBoxHR we understand the importance of taking care of your employees physical and mental health which is why we offer a Mental Health Management tool on our platform. This gives employees the opportunity to confidentially upload date stamped feelings of stress and anxiety which can be cared for accordingly.  

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