Swanstaff Recruitment held their third annual Week of Wellbeing (WoW) from 8th-12th October. The week was structured with a different theme each day covering all aspects of well-being including physical activity, mental health, healthy diets, and mindfulness. The week kick-started with a Hula Challenge and a team pedometer challenge which would run throughout the week. Tuesday was Healthy Eating day where a Recipe book was shared and members of staff were encouraged to share their own favourite healthy lunches – this inspired a large group of staff to club together and cook an amazing team meal! Wednesday was Laughter day – members of staff were able to award a Comic Genius badge to their colleagues via our People HR system and a Pun Competition circulated via email. Thursday was Mental Health Awareness Day and coincided with our Quarterly All Staff Meeting, we invited a speaker from Bexley Mind to come in and speak to employees and also ran a Quiz, Raffle and Backwards Bingo which raised £219 for Mind. We also had our quarterly awards presentations which included WoW awards for the winners of the Comic Genius and Hula Challenges alongside our usual sales and performance awards. Friday was Relaxation day! We circulated calming audio tracks to all teams and set up a relaxation space for staff to enjoy 10 minutes of guided mindfulness during the day. The room was used by many staff and there was great feedback on how it helped them to re-focus and be more productive for the rest of the day. the winners of our Pedometer challenge were also announced with our Accounts team smashing an amazing 62,004 steps over 5 days! They were rewarded with a Wellbeing hamper of goodies. Overall the Swanstaff teams stepped over 400,000 steps (counting 1 person's steps per team, per day). The Wellbeing week received some fantastic feedback from employees across the business including: “Laura was the best speaker we’ve had at a quarterly, she was really engaging and helped make a taboo subject easy to talk about” “The pedometer challenge really made me pay attention to how much exercise I do daily, I’m definitely going to continue tracking my steps” “I loved cooking a healthy meal with my colleagues and it felt great to feed 15 people that probably would have eaten fast food otherwise” “It felt good to win the Comic Genius award, knowing I make my colleagues laugh and happy is great” We have had some great suggestions from staff for the next WoW week and we can’t wait to get planning for 2019!
For the majority of us, work is the focal point of our lives. It is where we spend most of our time, where we get our income and often where we make our lifelong friends. Having a fulfilling job, that you don’t dread waking up for every morning, can be good for your mental health and general wellbeing. However if you’re mental health isn’t at it’s best right now, we have put together some tips on how to support yourself. Talk about your feelings Depending on your personality, talking about your feelings can be the easiest thing in the world or the hardest thing you will ever do. However, it can help to talk about them when you’re feeling troubled as you may find that others feel the same, and that can be very reassuring. If you find it hard to talk to just anyone about your feelings, then you could try to identify someone who you feel comfortable with and who you think could be supportive. Think about when and where would be a good time for you to speak about it. Keep active Keeping up regular exercise can boost self-esteem and confidence. It can increase concentration as it will allow you to sleep better as you’ll be burning more energy. Experts say everybody should get at least thirty minutes exercise five days a week. This doesn’t mean you have to sign up to a gym and become a body builder; this could be walking on your lunch break or joining a local fitness club. Eat well and drink sensibly Maintaining a diet that is good for your physical health is also great for your mental health. Try to drink around eight-eleven glasses of water a day. If it’s inconvenient to keep getting up and filling your glass a fair few times, then buy a litre bottle and then you only have to fill it up around three times during the whole day. Meal prepping is also a huge factor of being healthy. The night before you go to work prep a low carb meal for lunch and have fruit for breakfast. Also pack some light snacks such as carrots to snack on through the day. Ask for help We’re only human. We all get tired and sometimes overwhelmed with the workload we take on. But what you must remember is to ask for help if you feel yourself getting down because of it. Your first point of call would be to contact your GP; they may be able to refer you to a counsellor or can point in the right direction if you want to think about your decision. Take a break Taking a break can definitely help. If you are struggling at work and are really stressed, take yourself away into a quiet space and just sit for five to ten minutes. Also make sure that if your company offers mental health days, you take them! They can help you a lot more than you think. Sleeping can also make you feel better. Set an alarm and sleep on your commute to work, or if you drive to work, sleep for a little while on your lunch break! Remember, the recommended amount of sleep for adults is eight hours. Do something you’re good at Maybe revisit a hobby you were good at in school? Running, arts and crafts, writing… anything! Or even just do tasks at work that you know you enjoy. Doing this will help you to feel good in yourself and help you to gain some confidence. Can you think of any other tips that we may have missed? Drop them in the comments below!