Mental Health is made up of our emotional, psychological and social well-being. The way we think, feel and act is based on all of these factors. A number stressors can contribute to a decline in mental health, from stress at work, social isolation to bereavement. That’s why at Wholegrain Digital, we think it is important to have easy access to helpful information when you need it most.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
As an exchange member at Somerset House, we have access to an amazing program that is run through CiC. This resource offers a range of support material covering work life, home life, mind and body, legal and debt management amongst other support services, at no extra cost to you. Detailed information can be viewed here and credentials to access the wellbeing platform have been shared in LastPass.
Useful websites/ apps
Moodzone. A website created by the NHS to help you deal with stress, anxiety and the emotional ups and downs of life. It offers practical advice, interactive tools, videos and audio guides to help you feel mentally and emotionally better.
Mind Charity– Goes through the A-Z of mental health and has great resources around knowing your rights and finding the support you need. There are also some excellent resources specifically targeted to stress in the workplace.
Mental Health at Work – Specifically targeted at mental health in the workplace. These are all free resources and have resources to help your colleagues, yourself and the business.
Samaritans– A service that you can call when you’re feeling down and just have someone listen. If you can’t put your finger on what’s wrong and just need a listening ear then this is the service for you.
Worry Tree App– An app based on CBT principles to help you minimise your worries. Based on someone who has generalised anxiety disorder (GAD). It encourages you to catch your worries in the app, challenge them and when possible deal with them.
Headspace – Meditation and Sleep made simple. Lots of bite sized meditation to help you get through the stresses of life. There’s even a free trial if you want to try it out
Calm– Calm is the number one app for meditation and sleep.
Counselling– Counselling directory has resources on counsellors near you. The website is free however if you were to see a counsellor that would be a paid service. There is also an abundance of information on mental health from facts and figures to events near you.
Tips to promote a healthy mindset
- Start small – Give yourself small achievable targets to get yourself back into the swing of things. Whether it be work, a workout or just a general errand.
Phone a friend – Sometimes debriefing about your day is all you need to put you back into a positive mindset\
- Try something New/Fun – Give yourself a new burst of motivation by doing something you’ve never done before
- Keep a journal – Getting the thoughts that are bothering you down on a page can help to clear them from your mind. Also writing down the things that we are grateful for in a day is important to see that not the whole day has been a bad day.
- Exercise regularly – Exercise releases endorphins. Endorphins are naturally produced by your nervous system and helps your deal with pain and stress.
- Eat Healthy – Research supports a diet of highly processed foods, with little nutrients, play a significant impact on not only your body but also your mind. Good nutrition allows you to feel good from the inside out.|
- Reflect – Making time to reflect is a powerful thing. Take time to reflect on the past day or week and reflect on how you resolved problems and how it felt. Reflection is a great way to stay in tune with yourself, learn and maintain a fresh mind.