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A well-being MOT for Mental Health Awareness Week

If you missed this week’s well-being workshop, don’t worry. Here’s a little recap. We ran a ‘Well-being MOT’ with Gemma Brown, as part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2024. This year the theme for MHAW is movement. 

What’s your favourite form of movement?  The views in the room on Tuesday were split between 1) walking and 2) dancing! A good reminder that well-being is personal - what works for you may not work for me, and so whatever form of movement you prefer, do what you enjoy. 

Looking after our mental health and well-being isn’t just something we do once a year. It’s something that requires attention and intention all year round. In a report published by the Mental Health Foundation, it was found that only 13% of the population were found to be living with high levels of positive mental health, 4 in 10 people have experienced depression and over a quarter of people experience panic attacks. If we bring those stats closer to home, that could be 13% of your workplace, 4 in 10 of your colleagues or a quarter of people you work with. So let’s normalise talking about our well-being at work. 

One way to open up conversations at work or simply bring some awareness to your own well-being is by using a model. We looked at a couple in the workshop - one of which was the PERMA model of well-being designed by Martin Seligman (2011).

This highlights five key ingredients needed to thrive and flourish: Positive Emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment. 

Why not spend some time reviewing each of these aspects for yourself - how would you rate it on a scale of 1-10?

For the lower scoring aspects, identify a couple of small actions you could take to make improvements.

Even better, why not chat it through with a colleague and that way you create a bit of gentle accountability too?

Knowing the various elements of your well-being and what you can do to nourish them helps you to make change when you need it most. And don't forget support is always available. Speak to your line manager, or someone you trust if you need help. Otherwise you can also reach out to one of these mental health services.

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