As the Manager of Dorset Mind’s Adult Services, much of my time is spent considering, supporting and encouraging the wellbeing of others. This might include participants, staff, colleagues or partners; not forgetting that I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend – to name but a few roles.
It is safe to say, wellbeing sits at the top of my priority list, but am I “being well”?
How often have I encouraged staff to take breaks, but not taken them myself?
What about ending meetings 10 minutes early to give myself room to breathe between my back-to-back meetings?
How about stepping away from my screen?
Or actually taking lunch?
What about ending my workday on time?
Do I ensure my “always on” culture gets turned off once in a while?
Can you relate to this?
Well, it stops…right now!
This is what I know, it is what I tell everyone else, and this is what I use to remind myself…
- I am far more effective when I take breaks.
- I have greater resilience when I am “being well”.
- My thoughts are clearer when I care for myself.
- My self-esteem improves when I am being healthy.
- My tolerance is improved when I am well rested (a blessing to all).
- I am more available to staff, colleagues, friends and family.
- When I model wellbeing to those around me, I act with integrity.
- I become more open-minded.
- I adapt to change easier and with less barriers.
- I do not burn out.
Now why wouldn’t anyone want this?
We are in tough times, you cannot go one day without hearing the struggles of another.
But change starts with yourself…take control of your workplace wellbeing and start Being Well.
Here at Dorset Mind we have introduced a diarised but flexible hour shut down for lunch every day. We have pledged to take this time for our wellbeing and to not interrupt this opportunity for our colleagues.
We are also trying to be consciously mindful to keep meetings to 45/50 minutes, to allow for eye and comfort breaks. And catching-up with emails or phone calls where possible.
This sits alongside our practise of checking in with our staff regularly to make sure they are ok. We regularly review their WAPs (Wellness Action Plans). And let them know how to access our EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) in confidence.
What wellbeing strategies can you and your organisation commit to?
Thanks to our Guest Blogger
Huge thanks to our guest blogger Nicole McCormack, our Adult Services Manager.
If you need some suggestions to improve your wellbeing, why not head to the selfcare resources section on our website?
Our Training Team can help your employees avoid burnout via our ‘Your Mind Matters’ workplace presentation. It teaches you how to recognise signs of worsening mental health and advises how to implement strategies to help wellbeing. Find out more here.