Can you #Find5 minutes a day to improve your mental health?

Employees are being urged to ‘#Find5’to help tackle their anxiety, during Mental Health Awareness Week.

The Nuffield Health ‘Find 5’ campaign encourages individuals to spend five extra minutes a day focusing on their physical and mental wellbeing.

Lying about your mental health?

The Nuffield Health 2023 Healthier Nation Index recently found some 35% of UK employees had called in sick due to poor mental health, but gave another reason. The only good news here is this figure is down on last year – it was 39%!

The index also revealed that over 1 in 4 people (29%) now feel comfortable enough to disclose to their employer if they need time off due to poor mental health. These latest findings suggest a positive shift in how employees are communicating with their workplaces about their emotional wellbeing.

Breaking the stigma

Whilst this still indicates that stigma remains a barrier for people talking about their Mental Health at work, it is a promising sign that people are beginning to speak out when they need more rest, emotional support, and time away from their desks.

Nuffield Health’s Lisa Gunn, said: “As well as the day-to-day worries that come with our personal and working lives, employees have also had to deal with the impact of a global pandemic and now the ongoing cost-of-living crisis. All these stressors combined can significantly affect the mental health of employees, so it’s more important than ever that businesses find ways to create open, transparent, and connected workplace environments.

“When people feel supported and able to reach out to their employer, this can have a positive impact on their mental health alone and help them better address feelings of worry and anxiety.

“That’s why we are calling on other UK workplaces to #Find5 minutes to look after their bodies and minds. Just by spending five extra minutes on personal wellbeing a day can significantly boost mental and physical health.”

Check out these Nuffield Health 5-minute classes

Beginner Pilates with Michaela: 5-minute beginner Pilates with Michaela | Build core strength – YouTube

Full body pump with Zahra: 5-minute full body PUMP with Zahra | Build physical health – YouTube

Beginner yoga with Jack: 5-minute beginner yoga with Jack | Feel stretched and energised – YouTube

Lower body and cardio with Stephen: 5-minute lower body and cardio with Stephen | Cardio with jogging for rest – YouTube

Upper body and core with Stephen: 5-minute upper body and core with Stephen | Build muscle and improve balance – YouTube