An Introduction to Wellness

Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID) has been encouraging employers and in turn, their employees, to consider their wellbeing

In the current situation that we find ourselves in, wellness is more important than ever. COVID-19 has had a huge impact on every individual and we would like to offer our members a weekly blog about what you can do to stay healthy during this unprecedented time. Over the coming weeks we will present to you, techniques, professional advice, and stories to aid your wellbeing.

Mental Health
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), mental health is an integral and essential component of health. The WHO constitution states: "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." An important implication of this definition is that mental health is more than just the absence of mental disorders or disabilities.

Mental health is fundamental to our collective and individual ability as humans to think, emote, interact with each other, earn a living and enjoy life. On this basis, the promotion, protection and restoration of mental health can be regarded as a vital concern of individuals, communities and societies throughout the world.

Mindfulness
Mind UK states that mindfulness is a technique you can learn which involves making a special effort to notice what's happening in the present moment (in your mind, body and surroundings) – without judging anything. It has roots in Buddhism and meditation, but you don't have to be spiritual, or have any particular beliefs to try it. It aims to help you; become more self-aware, feel calmer and less stressed, feel more able to choose how to respond to your thoughts and feelings, cope with difficult or unhelpful thoughts and be kinder towards yourself.

Well-being 
Mind UK states that mental well-being describes your mental state – how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day-to-day life. Our mental well-being is dynamic. It can change from moment to moment, day to day, month to month or year to year.

If you have good mental well-being you are able to:

  • feel relatively confident in yourself and have positive self-esteem
  • feel and express a range of emotions
  • build and maintain good relationships with others
  • feel engaged with the world around you
  • live and work productively
  • cope with the stresses of daily life
  • adapt and manage in times of change and uncertainty

Here’s some ideas to stay mentally well and develop your ability to cope with the up and downs of life:

  • think about what is affecting your well-being
  • build positive relationships
  • take time for yourself
  • look after your mental health
  • look after your physical health
  • ask for help if you need it

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Your wellbeing during coronavirus lockdown
You might be worried about coronavirus and how it is affecting your life. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your well-being. Mind UK has some good  information to help you cope and it covers:

  • practical advice for staying at home
  • taking care of your mental health and well-being
  • checklist for staying at home

You might also find this link helpful:

  • NHS guidance about coronavirus and staying at home.

 

Plan your day

Get up and get dressed:
Have a clear work space and create a list of tasks you need to complete that day.

Establish boundaries:
Stick to your normal working hours, break times and create a routine for your day.

Get out and about:
Get up, get outside (if you’re not self-isolating with symptoms) and get some fresh air, in-line with the government’s guidelines.

Stay in touch:
Stay in contact with your work colleagues and friends throughout the day. Speaking to someone can really help if you’re feeling lonely.

Take regular breaks:
Have a routine and take periodic breaks. It’s important to take regular screen breaks, stand up, move around and stretch. Taking regular short breaks can improve productivity and be beneficiary to your day.

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