Employee wellness programs have become more popular over the years, but many of them focus solely on physical wellness. In order to achieve overall good health, mental wellness must also be a priority. Here are five mental health initiatives for the workplace that can be added to employee wellness programs.
1. Eight Hours of Sleep Challenge
Getting the proper amount of rest is important for both mental and physical health. Lack of sleep can cause many physical health issues, one being a weakened immune system. Mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression, are also linked with poor sleep. In order to assure that employees are getting the right amount of sleep, you can make a fun game out of it. Use activity trackers to monitor sleep and/or have someone keep track of the employees’ sleep data. Whoever gets the most sleep in a month can win some sort of prize which will push everyone to try to get more rest.
2. Birthday Vacation Day
Giving employees a PTO day on their birthday will make them feel appreciated and it will allow them a day to get some mental rest.
3. Bring Your Pet to Work Day
Animals are known to relieve stress and anxiety. Having a day dedicated to being surrounded by furry friends will give the workplace a positive atmosphere.
4. Meditation and Yoga
Dedicating some time to practice meditation and yoga can give employees the physical and mental break they need at work. Meditation and yoga are known to promote relaxation and overall wellness.
5. Volunteer Days
Volunteerism can have many benefits to employees and the community. Employees will feel good about giving back to their community and knowing that they work for a company that supports their local area.
These are just some of the ways to promote good mental health in the workplace. Be creative and come up with your own ideas that are customized to your workplace and employees. Most importantly, have fun with it!
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Source: Austin Benefits Group