November, or more commonly referred to as Movember, is Men’s Health Awareness Month. During the 30 days, men commonly grow a moustache to help raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, especially prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
A Modern Epidemic
We can no longer hide from the effects of stress in the workplace. It is increasingly referred to as a ‘modern epidemic.’ Recent statistics show that over 11 million days are lost at work a year because of stress at work and according to the Health and Safety Executive HSE, in 2017/18 595,000 people in the UK reported work-related stress at a level they believed was making them ill.
We all encounter workplace related stress at some point in our lives. It is a natural and normal human reaction. However, the difference between letting stress overwhelm you and you coping with it – even thriving on it – can be vital.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Planning A Successful Workplace Health & Wellbeing Programme.
Does the idea of planning a health and wellbeing programme, or even a one-off workplace wellness event leave you feeling a little overwhelmed? If like many companies that we speak to, you simply don’t know where to start, rest assured this needn’t be the case. We are here to help you to focus on the outcomes; getting people engaged, promoting behaviour change, raising awareness and getting people to talk to remove stigma – all of the positives!
Why Stress Awareness Day?
Held on the first Wednesday in November every year – it’s all about raising awareness of stress at home and at work. National Stress Awareness Day (this year on 7th Nov) is championed by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA).
What is essential to good workplace wellbeing? Sometimes employers can create the opposite of what was intended. For example – a company allowing “unlimited holiday” resulted in less holiday being taken. Good intentions from employers can sometimes have the opposite effect creating a culture of Presenteeism.
What is World Mental Health Day?
World Mental Health Day is held on the 10th of October every year. It is a day for mental health education and awareness and towards removing all social stigma. Each year the day carries a theme, this year it focuses on “Young people and mental health in a changing world”.
Mindfulness is the state of being aware. Being mindful has many advantages when it comes to our mental health and wellbeing especially. It can decrease stress, anxiety and depression; regulate emotions and really help us to focus. Our minds are constantly wondering – mine certainly is – thinking, analysing, planning – even about things that are not happening right in front of us, we miss half our lives due to a wondering mind. So, how do you stay mindful? Do you make a conscious effort? Here are some simple ways to help you to be more mindful …
Tis the season to overindulge! Especially when the sun has been shining; drinks flowing and the BBQ’s lit! So if you’ve spent the last few weekends in the pub – or not doing an awful lot because of the heat – here’s how to get rid of your World Cup Waist before your summer hols!
Before we launch into our great wellbeing tips, we must remember that life is all about balance. It is for living therefore we shouldn’t feel too guilty.
The Importance of Men’s Health Week
This week, 11th – 17th June 2018, is Men’s Health Week 2018. Men’s Health Week is an annual event in the UK (although it is also celebrated Worldwide), which usually takes place the week leading up to Father’s Day.
Every year, Men’s Health Week is celebrated to heighten awareness of health issues that affect men, in the hope they will discuss their problems and gain the courage to do something about them! We want to champion this cause and help:
Mental Health Awareness Week
This week, 14th – 20th May, marks Mental Health Awareness Week. Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, this year the organisation have focused on the effects of stress.
“By tackling stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression, and in some instances, self-harm and suicide. We will look at how we can tackle stress and help improve our mental health.”