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How to beat stress and keep the mind healthy


As part of Mental Health Awareness Week (13 19 May), the British Safety Council asks is it still true to say that mental health is considered the poor relation of physical health? The organisation i

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How to beat stress and keep the mind healthy


"Emotional resilience is important because it improves effectiveness at work. However, it also helps people gain greater immunity from certain illnesses."
Matthew Holder, Head of Campaigns at the BSC



The charity is launching three videos to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week. They are based on tried-and-tested wellbeing techniques and exercises that encourage staff to relax in order to alleviate racing thoughts associated with stress and anxiety. They also encourage physical activity at work.

Matthew Holder, Head of Campaigns at the British Safety Council, said: “Emotional resilience is important because it improves effectiveness at work. However, it also helps people gain greater immunity from certain illnesses. By making these exercises part of their daily routine, employees should be able to improve their wellbeing and resilience to stress.”

A breathing exercise aims to control stress and anxiety with the help of breathing, by slowing the overall activity of the brain and relaxing both the mind and the body.

A visualisation exercise is intended to release tension and improve concentration. Visualisation exercises combined with deep breathing are proven to reduce stress and relax the body, giving the person a moment of peace in the hectic work environment.

Chair exercises include shoulder, leg, feet and stomach exercises for relaxing various parts of the body that stiffen and ache as we spend long periods of time at our desks. The modern sedentary lifestyle is responsible for an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and a loss of muscle and bone strength.

Read more on this at workplace wellbeing and healthy buildings platform Work in Mind. 

 

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