While the worst of Covid-19 may be behind us, there is another health crisis happening that deserves attention: poor mental health. While teams may not be isolated like they were during the pandemic’s peak, millions of individuals continue to struggle with their mental health daily. When an individual goes to the office, these struggles are often brought with them and go undetected. Not only does this phenomenon have an impact on the individual, but it also has major implications for the overall health of a company.
Implications of Poor Mental Health in the Workplace:
- Inability to focus
- Low engagement & motivation
- Lack of internal and external communication
- Reduced performance
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, meaning now’s the perfect time for companies to begin prioritizing the well-being of their team members. From summer picnics to team building activities, company get-togethers are an effective (and fun!) way for companies to combat the mental health crisis. Keep scrolling to see how your company can promote positive mental health on a regular basis.
1. Get your team outside
With summer around the corner, there is no excuse to keep employees cooped up inside the office. Not only are company picnics a natural mood booster, but they also provide an opportunity for employees to get some much-needed vitamin D – a key nutrient for promoting positive mental health.
2. Channel your team’s creativity
Believe it or not, creativity can do wonders for your mental health. Creative activities have even been compared to meditation, allowing individuals to simultaneously calm the body and mind. So what are you waiting for? Get your creative juices flowing with activities that will put your adult coloring book to shame.
3. Encourage movement
Not only is physical movement good for your body, but it’s also great for your mind. When you are active, your brain releases chemicals that make you feel good. This movement doesn’t have to be anything strenuous. Something as mild as a game of mini golf can leave your team members with a natural morale boost that carries over into the rest of their day.
4. Try team building
It’s no surprise social relationships are beneficial to mental health. By engaging team members in activities unrelated to their work, they can forge unexpected relationships that can promote their overall well-being.
5. Spread mental health awareness
Mental health affects every person on this earth, but is somehow still taboo in the workplace. While the topic may seem daunting, your approach doesn’t have to be! From informative trivia to a social media challenge, there are an endless number of ways to get your team talking and spread the word.