As we close out mental health awareness month, here are 6 tips to consider for maintaining positive well-being in and out of your work environment. — all year long.
- Maintain a routine: Our minds and our bodies like consistency and predictability. You can keep that consistency by doing things like waking up at the same time every day, eating healthy meals, and going to bed on time to help the mind and body maintain consistency.
- Set goals: Set reasonable, achievable goals personally and professionally. People who set goals are 10 times more likely to succeed than those who don’t. By monitoring and completing goals, it will give you a sense of accomplishment and foster well-being.
- Connect with your community: By reaching out to your community, in and beyond hospitality, you can collaborate on ways to tackle issues head-on. It’s a great way to share ideas and give back as the industry and communities recovery.
- Be active – every little bit counts: Increasing physical activity directly contributes to improved mental health and better overall health and well-being, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Even a short 10-minute walk can have positive results, increasing mental alertness, energy and positive mood. Participation in regular physical activity can increase self-esteem and can reduce stress and anxiety.
- Double down on communication: Encourage open communication in your work environment and allow your team to express their ideas as well as concerns. Allow each team member to contribute and build on the success of the group and the company. It builds ownership, accountability and loyalty across teams.
- Promote well-being as part of your company culture: Promote your team’s healthy self-care habits. Encourage walking meetings, have lunches together, demonstrate work-life balance and take time out for your mental health. A mentally and physically healthy team is happier, more engaged and can be your most productive team.
If you have concerns or need help, reach out to a doctor or use the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Helpline by calling 800-662-HELP (4357).