Happy Mental Health Week!

It's the first week of May...this may mean few things depending on who you are. Maybe there's a bounce in your step at the early signs of spring, maybe you're feeling a little excitement and nervousness for an upcoming race you probably haven't trained enough for, or maybe you're looking forward to discussing mental health and wellness as part of 2016 Mental Health Week! 

Mental Health Week is a great excuse to talk about mental health in any form to colleagues, friends, family and other people you interact with daily. A simple "happy Mental Health Week!" can get the ball rolling on changing people's perceptions and reducing stigma. 

As part of our Mental Health Week initiatives, we've put together tips of the day that we're sharing on our twitter account (@corporatemh). Here are the three we've shared so far this week, and a few more resources for getting you there. It's not too late to start implementing these even though it's Wednesday! May the 4th be with you today on your mental health week adventures! 

MH Week Tip of the Day

1. Self-Care

Try it out! 15-30 minutes of self-care each day can make a huge difference in your overall mental health. Try incorporating self-care activities into the workplace during your breaks, and focus on activities you do outside of work on other days.  Some ideas for self-care at work:  - Go for a walk/run/take an exercise class over lunch - Share lunch with a co-worker and eat outside on a sunny day - Bring your book to work and spend some time reading during breaks - Make plans after work with colleagues to try a new activity, like going to a batting cage, seeing a concert, going to an art gallery!

Try it out! 15-30 minutes of self-care each day can make a huge difference in your overall mental health. Try incorporating self-care activities into the workplace during your breaks, and focus on activities you do outside of work on other days. 

Some ideas for self-care at work: 

- Go for a walk/run/take an exercise class over lunch

- Share lunch with a co-worker and eat outside on a sunny day

- Bring your book to work and spend some time reading during breaks

- Make plans after work with colleagues to try a new activity, like going to a batting cage, seeing a concert, going to an art gallery!

2. Random Act of Kindness 

A random act of kindness will make you and whoever you are kind to feel great. Research shows that helping others is one of the things that makes us feel most fulfilled and gratified. What can you do? 

A random act of kindness will make you and whoever you are kind to feel great. Research shows that helping others is one of the things that makes us feel most fulfilled and gratified. What can you do? 

3. Know Your Resources 

Every workplace offers different services/benefits to employees. What you had at your last job might be very different than what is available to you now. Usually employee's are given a package from HR during their first few days at a job, outlining benefits plans and EAPs. Usually employee's forget about the details and don't refer back. Refresh your memory on what is available to you so you know what your options are. Many services are preventative and can help in many ways before something becomes more challenging. 

Every workplace offers different services/benefits to employees. What you had at your last job might be very different than what is available to you now. Usually employee's are given a package from HR during their first few days at a job, outlining benefits plans and EAPs. Usually employee's forget about the details and don't refer back. Refresh your memory on what is available to you so you know what your options are. Many services are preventative and can help in many ways before something becomes more challenging. 

We have two more days of Tips coming out this Thursday and Friday! Stay tuned on our twitter to learn the final two Mental Health Week tips! 

Let us know what you have tried in the comments below. What else are you doing to celebrate Mental Health Week?