Linked – Mental Health Reminders in the Workplace.

I want to share this link with you because it’s a good resource and reminder about supporting your team’s mental health. I want to focus on the first reminder, though specifically:

Mental Health Reminders in the Workplace.

Working continuously for long hours can lead to burnout and decreased productivity. Aim for a short break every 60-90 minutes. A quick walk, some stretching, or a few minutes of deep breathing can rejuvenate your mind.

Example: Set a timer for 90 minutes. When it goes off, take a 10-minute break to walk around or grab a healthy snack.

Here is where the rubber meets the road as a team member. Do you provide the space to take these breaks? Look at your team members calendars. How many have more than two hours of back-to-back meetings? Now, read that advice again and do the math.

How can they take a mental health break every 90 minutes when you don’t give them time?

Could you do something for me? The next time you try to schedule a thirty-minute meeting with someone and see a thirty-minute break between long stretches of committed time, leave that time for them. Find a different time, if possible. Or go even further and commit to finding a time not immediately before or after another meeting. Let people have a few minutes. It’s good for all of our mental health.

Also, while you’re thinking about that, take a look at the reminder about work-life balance. Consider the repercussions of expecting people to be connected and responsive at any hour of the day. That’s not good for their mental health either.

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