Mental Health Awareness Month - Mindful MondayMay 28, 2020 - Karlea Barnes
As part of its focus on physical, mental and emotional health, the Enliven program is sharing tips to ensure employees are caring for and improving upon their mental wellbeing during this Mental Health Awareness Month.
Our final mental health tip centers around mindfulness, or the quality of being present and fully engaged with whatever you are doing at the moment — free from distraction or judgment, and aware of your thoughts and feelings without getting caught up in them.
Practicing mindfulness not only translates into your day-to-day work, but also directly relates to our commitment to safety. Limiting distractions and being present in the moment allows you to focus on your pace, place and purpose, allowing you to accomplish your task safely.
We hope you will practice the following mindfulness techniques on this Mindful Monday to improve your mental wellbeing both at home and in the workplace. Implementing some of these tactics into your daily routine can streamline your focus, reduce stress, improve problem solving and increase your empathy for others.
- Practice meditation: Taking a few minutes to slow down, sit quietly and follow your breaths can improve consciousness and allow you to feel more connected to your day.
- Monitor screen time: With technology at our fingertips, it is easy to fall into information overload, but setting boundaries or timers around screen time will help you feel more present and help you enjoy the moment.
- Implement mindful eating: Mealtime spent away from your computer or TV allows you to truly taste and enjoy the good food going into your body and avoid overeating.
- Prioritize movement: Walking outside, yoga or just stretching at your desk can improve your physical and mental health.
- Creativity: Whether it is journaling, coloring or working on a passion project, spend time expressing your thoughts and feelings through creative outlets.
Just like physical health, mental health is extremely important. Seeking guidance and support for mental health is as important as seeking a doctor for physical wellbeing. For help or support, please take advantage of Enable’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Provided at no cost to you, the EAP offers confidential support, information and resources. You can learn more about EAP online or by calling 800-311-4327.