Being mindful beyond Mental Health Awareness Week

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Man Relaxing in an Armchair We’re all aware of the importance of our mental health for overall well-being. We know that it directly impacts our work and home lives, and can mean the difference between a good day and a bad year! And yet we go through our day without thinking too much about it. After all, we have work that must get done, children, spouses, parents, or co-workers that need our help. And before we know it, another long day is over without minding our health at all! But there is one small change that you could make to help you better cope, and actually pay attention to your mental health state. Being mindful can keep you on track; keep you motivated and happy – not just when you stop to smell the roses.

How to be mindful when your mind is full

Being mindful is about taking a breath, sipping a cup of tea, or taking a stretch. It’s as easy at that and yet so hard to do because it doesn’t make it on to our to-do list. Here are a few workplace tips to ensure you take a moment to stop your auto-pilot and check-in with the star MVP – you:

  1. Grab a sticky note and pen and allow your mind to wander while you doodle. Try not to make this a time to write out your shopping list!
  2. Bring a plant to work and place it on your desk. If you can’t remember to take time for yourself, you might make time to care for your plant. Recent research findings indicate that workplace greenery (and natural light) can improve employee well-being and creativity.
  3. Place a small notebook in your desk drawer. Jot down ideas about your wants and needs as daily reminders and possible inspiration.

Being mindful, even for just 5-10 minutes a day, could be just what you need to bring your own health to the forefront of your priority list. It’s always going to be hard to step away from your workstation, and there will always be more work to do. So why not give yourself a break to make sure you can make it through the day?

By Talya Rotem

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