Building positive emotion at work and at home

25.09.17

Mental health is complex and multiple factors come together to determine our level of wellbeing at any point in time.

The good news is there are a range of actions we can each take to help promote positive mental health at work, in our personal lives, and beyond. Use this checklist to ensure you and your team are demonstrating behaviours to help build positive emotion and be the best version of yourselves.

Listen to each other.

Be open to learning about people’s experiences along the mental health continuum, from being very unwell and struggling, to very well and buoyant. Be willing to embrace this diversity.

 

Dare to make a difference.

Be aware of the stigma associated with mental health issues, and speak up if need be to help change negative attitudes.

 

Be true to yourself.

To help you stay engaged and productive throughout your working life, work on realising your own abilities.

 

Champion your own wellbeing.

Seize new opportunities to help improve your overall health and wellbeing. They say mental health begins with you – so ask yourself how you could take greater ownership of it.

 

Live your own extraordinary life.

Build your individual skills and resilience across a broad range of areas, such as healthier lifestyle habits, stress management, time management, communication, and problem solving.

 

Be caring towards one another.

Take an interest in each other’s lives and, if your gut says something’s not quite right with a colleague/friend, enquire with respect and kindness about what may be happening.

 

Find your passion.

Develop a better understanding of what ‘good mental health’ means for you so you can foster things that bring energy and inspiration to your life.

Be open to learning about people’s experiences along the mental health continuum, from being very unwell and struggling, to very well and buoyant. Be willing to embrace this diversity.

Sources:

Heads Up. Creating a mentally healthy workplace [Online; accessed Oct 2015] Available from: www.headsup.org.au

R U OK?TM Asking R U OK? You’ve got what it takes [Online; accessed Oct 2015] www.ruok.org.au

The University of Western Australia. Mental health is a continuum [Online; accessed Oct 2015] Available from: www.safety.uwa.edu.au

World Health Organization. Mental health: strengthening our response [Online; last updated Aug 2014; accessed Oct 2015] Available from: www.who.int