HOW TO SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH AT WORK



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Mental health is stigmatized in many societies. Hong Kong happens to be one of them, even though it is one of the most overworked cities in the world. In 2020, 1 in 4 employees in Hong Kong experienced mental health issues - with COVID-19 being the single largest contributor. The good news is that more and more employers are realizing the importance of mental health in the workplace, and offering benefits and support to reflect that.
 
While mental health programs and initiatives are certainly welcome, nothing beats taking charge of your own mental health. Our friends from Pacific Prime Hong Kong are here to talk about five ways to improve mental health in the workplace.

 

Turn your cubicle into your personal sanctuary

Good workplace design is known to positively affect your mental health. No matter what your office space is like, you can find ways to make it your own safe haven. Adding greenery to your desk reduces stress and improves air quality. Likewise, photos of your loved ones and a comfortable pillow make you feel more calm and cozy. Just be sure to stick to the company’s rules.

Organize your space

Once you’ve set up your cubicle in a way that feels best for you, take it a step further by getting organized. If you’re not a naturally organized person, you may find calendars, Post-it Notes, and folders to be a big help. Take some time every day, such as before leaving the office or heading off to lunch, to get everything in order. This will help you feel like you’re on top of your work, and keep stress and anxiety at bay.

Make the most of your lunch break

As tempting as it might be to eat lunch at your desk, it’s in your best interest to spend your break elsewhere. Eating at your desk is unhealthy. It contributes to mental health issues, reduces productivity, increases long-term health risks, and so much more. Instead, take a break from your office space and take advantage of the time you have by resting and recharging however you like.

Get up and move

Don’t wait for your lunch break to leave your chair and get active. Sitting for long periods of time is bad for your health, and can result in aches, pains, fatigue, and other symptoms that fall under “office syndrome”. Sedentary lifestyles also have negative consequences for mental health. Some easy ways you can break up sitting periods include desk stretches, walking meetings, and setting up work break timers.

Take advantage of your employee benefits

One of the best things about being employed is reaping the benefits that come from it - with health insurance and employee assistance programs (EAPs) reigning supreme. You might be surprised to know that you have access to mental health services, resources, and more. If you want to make sure you have the best health insurance for HK expats, get in touch with Pacific Prime Hong Kong today!


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