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This week Astutis will be taking part in Health & Wellbeing week, a national event that involves several millions of employees across the UK.
Its aim is to encourage everyone to take responsibility for improving their health and wellbeing, the benefits of which extend beyond work and into your home and family lives as well.
Below are a range of resources and information to help you make healthy choices and sustain positive behaviour changes.
One in four of us will have problems with our mental health at some time in our lives. It can be debilitating for those who experience it; just as a broken leg can stop us doing the things we love, so can stress, anxiety and depression.
It's important to look out for the signs of mental health in our friends, family and colleagues. Although these issues may be unfamiliar to talk about, by recognising these signs of mental health early, in ourselves and others, we can do something to help.
A healthy diet is the best preventative measure to major illness. While it’s easy to be tempted by the biscuits and birthday treats, studies have shown that those who binge eat and have high sugar diets are less productive, more tired and at an increased risk of chronic disease such as heart disease and diabetes.
Ditch the junk for healthy alternatives such as fruit, nuts and yoghurt and ensure your diet is rich in vegetables, lean protein and healthy fats.
There’s no getting away from it, exercise is the miracle cure we’ve always had but neglected. An overwhelming amount of evidence shows that regular exercise can reduce the risk of major illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%. What’s more, is can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Try and factor in 150 minutes of exercise into your schedule over the week, this can include going for walks during your lunch break, taking the stairs instead of the lift, cycling to work or taking to a fitness class.
A lack of sleep can greatly impact the quality of your work by affecting your concentration, memory, decision making and reaction time. It also has a significant impact on general health, with research showing that a lack of sleep puts you at risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and stress.
Make sure you get a good 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night to ensure you are always alert and performing at your best.
The pressure of an increasingly demanding work culture is perhaps the biggest and most pressing challenge to the mental health of the general population. Prioritising work and taking regular breaks by walking around the office and leaving your desk for lunch will help you monitor the time you are spending on tasks.
Most importantly, allow for open communication between yourself and your colleagues so they can be made aware when work expectations become too much.