Discover what we mean by mental wellbeing and what this looks like at work.
Understanding exactly what we mean by mental wellbeing, is imperative if we’re to create workplaces that protect, support and promote it. Lets start with clarifying what mental wellbeing isn’t: Mental wellbeing isn’t unending happiness and joy. It isn’t only having positive thoughts or feelings nor is only experiencing wonderful things and never encountering challenges.
Whilst there isn’t a universal definition, The World Health Organization (WHO) conceptualizes mental health/wellbeing as a “state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”. This definition is a helpful starting point, but what does this look like in action?
When we’re in a state of mental wellbeing we can move forwards in meaningful ways. This means making choices that are aligned with our personal values, the person we want to be and the life we want to lead. We are able to nurture and maintain healthy relationships that contribute positively to our lives. The choices we make are healthy and helpful, and aid us in being resilient and managing stressful events.
What does this look like at work?
Mental wellbeing at work can look like the following:
- Being able to nurture and maintain healthy relationships with colleagues, customers and clients.
- Accessing positive coping mechanisms or additional support, when stressors increase or challenges arise.
- Working productively, making positive, timely decisions and thinking critically.
- Makes contributions that they find meaningful and are aligned with their personal values.
- Are able to take care of their physical wellbeing.
It is important that an understanding of individuals mental wellbeing at work, is integrated with an understanding of the ways in which working environments and cultures impact employees ability to be mentally well. Workplaces where people feel safe, valued, seen, heard and respected are essential if individuals are to be able to maintain their mental wellbeing.
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