Activities and behaviours that were relied on during the pandemic’s early days such as physical exercise, being outdoors, self-care, relationships and gratitude, can be applied to maintain good mental health indefinitely says RedArc, ahead of Blue Monday.
RedArc believes that many employers and employees are better prepared than in the past to deal with emotional well-being during the difficult winter months. The third Monday in January is traditionally regarded as the most depressing day of the year, owing to post-Christmas debt, short days, bad weather, and broken New Year’s resolutions.
RedArc encourages employers to support employees with physical activity and being outside in the daylight which can have a significant impact on our mood, especially for those suffering from a seasonal affective disorder. RedArc also lists self-care activities such as reading, cooking, sports, meditation, and yoga which were heavily relied on during lockdowns as ways to help maintain good mental health in the workplace. Employees may still be dealing with the fallout from the pandemic’s impact on relationships, so providing confidential support for staff in this area is critical according to RedArc. Finally, after experiencing limitations on our personal liberties during lockdowns, RedArc says that developing a habit of recognising and appreciating good things, no matter how small, can lead to positive and fulfilling feelings.
RedArc managing director Christine Husbands says: “During the lockdown periods, many people found themselves with enforced free time and whilst this was not welcomed by most, it did give an opportunity to discover or rediscover nourishing activities. It’s now time to reflect and think about what we can take forward to look after our own mental wellbeing.”
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