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Every year, the week starting on the second Monday is typically marked as Mental Health Awareness Week, and this year it falls on 13-19 May.

We’ve got a number of articles on mental health, and today we’re featuring tips on how to manage your body and mind in the workplace to feel motivated and ready for the day ahead.

Put together by Building Interiors, not all of the tips may be immediately applicable to you, given this is fasting month for Ramadan, but we hope they are a handy sharing resource in the long run.

1. Power in thought: Positive thoughts means positive attitude. Fill your mind with affirmations (phrases that effect the conscious and the subconscious mind).

2. Stress-free zone: Stress is as infectious as the common cold. Boost staff morale by creating an agile working environment that your employees can relax in from standing desks to bringing nature indoors.

3. Flexibility is key: According to a recent survey, 98% of the 468 working and non-working women surveyed across Asia said they would actively pursue a flexible role, should such an option be available (hours/location). Consider implementing flexible working to show trust within the business.

Checklist to keep your mind and body motivated

1. Check your posture

  • When sat in your chair, make sure your back is properly supported. Your knees should be slightly lower than your hips, so use a footrest if necessary.
  • Set your chair height so that you can use the keyboard with your wrists and forearms straight and level with the floor.
  • Make sure your elbows are by the side of your body and that the arm forms an “L” shape at the elbow joint.
  • Rest your feet flat on the floor and don’t cross your legs.
  • Place your screen at eye level and directly in front of you.
  • Your monitor should be about arm-length away from you with the top of the screen at eye level.
  • Place your keyboard in front of you when typing and leave a gap of about 15 cm to the front of the desk so you can rest your wrists between typing.
  • Keep your mouse as close to you as possible.

2. Good food choices

  • Fruit
  • Water
  • Salad

3. Get moving

  • Look around – Turn your head to the left until you are looking over your shoulder. Hold for two seconds and then repeat by turning your head to the right. Do this five times.
  • •Shrug your shoulders – Lift your shoulders to your ears, hold for two seconds and then drop them back down again. Repeat five times.
  • Press your hands together – Place your hands together as if in prayer and then press for five seconds. You should feel tension in your arms, shoulders and chest. Repeat five times. Next, lace your fingers together and reach up to the sky as high as you can. Hold for two to five seconds.
  • Open your chest – Bring your hands behind your back, press your palms together and sit up tall. Hold for five seconds and repeat five times.
  • Raise your legs – First, put your feet together and slowly raise your legs until they are at a 90-degree angle to your body. Hold for five seconds and then lower them slowly. Repeat five times.

4. Build relationships

  • Create networks
  • Be a clear communicator
  • Build trust
  • Work together as a team

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More resources for you to tap on around mental health:

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