Did you know that according to the Canadian Mental Health Association, one in five Canadians will experience mental health issues in any given year? That’s a solid 20 per cent of people living in our country, which is pretty significant.
Last month, the #BellLetsTalk campaign ran once again to raise awareness for mental health and to work towards ending the stigma surrounding these illnesses. This has been a hugely successful campaign over the past few years, and we thought that we would continue the conversation about the importance of mental health too. Just because January is over doesn’t mean we have to quit talking about it! Here we share some fast facts about mental health and some tips to make your office more mental-health friendly.
As we saw from the opening statistic, mental illness actually affects a huge amount of people. Even though it is often something that people feel ashamed about or nervous to admit, most (if not all) people have had some kind of experience with mental illness in their lives, either directly or indirectly. There are many different types of mental illness and also varying degrees of severity within each category. According to the Mood Disorders Society of Canada, anxiety disorders are the most common amongst the population.
The MDSC also identifies some interesting statistics on the economic effect of mental illness on society, which is intriguing to note from a corporate standpoint. First, they say that $33 billion on average is lost in the economy every year due to mental illness in the workplace. That said, only 31 per cent of Canadian employers have plans to discuss mental health in the workplace. That is a huge disconnect!
Mental health is an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to an overall lifestyle of wellness, and in order to have happy, productive employees, they need to be healthy too. So how can you become one of those 31 per cent ready to address the elephant in the room?
There are many ways that you can encourage a positive, welcoming environment in the workplace that is conducive to mental health and open to hearing about mental illness when it arises. Some of these techniques include the following:
It’s time to make a difference and end the stigma; change the way your organization addresses mental health in the workplace today!
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It is widely known that incorporating wellness practices into your workplace can not only lead to happier and healthier employees, but also more productive employees. This is because when people are healthier, they need fewer sick days and are better able to focus on work while they’re in the office, rather than feeling ill or having chronic aches and pains. All in all, employees feel better and the company saves money. Makes sense, right?
Okay, this information is all well and good (pun intended), but how does a company actually create a culture of wellness at work? What are some practical tips that an organization can implement in order to make wellness a clear priority? To help you get started down the right path, we’ve put together six tips to help you integrate wellness into the workplace today.
What are some of the things that you do to unwind at the end of the day? For many of us, leisure activities like reading or watching a favourite Netflix show spring to mind. You’ve been at the office all day, your brain is feeling tired and you just want to do something relatively mindless to relax. We get it!
The problem here is not with the activities themselves, but there is a problem with the sedentary behaviour that they promote. If you’ve been sitting all day at your desk at work only to come home and sit some more in the evening, those sedentary hours can add up quickly and make a big difference in your overall health.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a few tips and tricks on how to make some of these leisure activities more movement-friendly. This way, when you’re feeling like you need some downtime with one of these pastimes, you can do so guilt-free.
#SelfCareSunday has definitely become a trending sensation on Instagram in recent years, with people all over the Internet posting about spa days and special treatments come the weekend. But who says self-care has to be a massive undertaking, and who says it should happen only one day a week?
Here at Fitneff, we think self-care is important every day of the week. So, for this week’s blog we thought we would put together a weekly schedule of self-care practices that you can do to make sure you’re giving yourself what you need to be at your best. But self-care shouldn’t just be written about – it should be done! So I, your friendly Fitneff marketing coordinator, decided to put the schedule to work last week and I’ll share with you my experience with each activity.