It’s world mental health day on 10th October. The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health day on this day every year.
What is mental health? It’s how we feel and how well we're coping with daily life. Good mental wellbeing doesn't mean you're always happy or unaffected by your experiences, but poor mental wellbeing can make it more difficult to cope with daily life.
During the current Covid-19 crisis a lot of us have been learning how to cope with varying lockdown measures. Routines, jobs, social lives, exercise regimes and hobbies would have been affected. Our methods and mechanisms to keep a healthy and positive mental attitude might have been restricted and this past year might be increasingly challenging.
If we’re struggling, there are a few things we can do to improve our mental wellbeing. Some starting points could be learning something new or getting stuck into a creative project, spending time in nature, connecting with others in alternative formats (online video calls, virtual quizzes and events), looking after your physical health and exercising however you can and getting enough sleep. Everyone will have a different choice of activities.
What are we doing as a company? At Orbis we’re supporting our team wherever we can with their mental wellbeing. Leading regular mentorship meetings, introducing a flexible working structure, long lunches for exercise, weekly workout sessions with our own Orbis personal trainer and monthly meet ups (when restrictions allow) to socialise. We also have ‘duvet days’, where any member of the team can take a day on annual leave with no prior notice, allowing us to take time for ourselves when it is crucially necessary.
Jess and Hannah sat down to record this audio clip, as they look at the impact lockdown has had on our lifestyles and how to retain a healthy rational with social media...