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Courses and tips for taking care of your mental wellbeing at work

For this year’s World Mental Health Day we look at three key things you can do to feel better at work, and courses you can take to help.

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The theme of World Mental Health Day 2017 is mental health in the workplace. While mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time, today is a time to think about your own wellbeing and that of the people close to you – especially in relation to work.

Here are three simple things you can do to try and make sure you feel mentally well at work.

Make sure you take breaks

A study in 2015 showed that frequent, short breaks can help you improve your energy and concentration at work. Don’t sit at a desk all day; stretch your legs, read a book, take in the sights. Remind yourself there is more to life than work.

Stay active

We know that exercise is critical for physical health, but it can also be important for mental health. Both the NHS and Anxiety UK recommend exercise for people with depression and anxiety. If you can spare some of your lunch break for a walk, or a cycle it can go a long way in helping you destress from work (for more about exercise and mental health see

Try new techniques

There are a few different techniques you can try to improve your mental health. After dealing with stress and anxiety at work – and the stigma attached to it – for nearly 40 years, Robert discovered mindfulness on FutureLearn. He says:

“I try hard now not to dwell on the past. And why worry about the future, which hasn’t happened yet? Instead, make the most of the here and now, and enjoy it as a series of positive mindful moments. Thanks to FutureLearn, I now have a much more positive outlook on life. I can warmly recommend the Mindfulness course to anyone who is suffering work-related stress.” (Read Robert’s story.)

For more tips on mental health at work have a look at

Courses to help you take care of your mental health at work

Try mindfulness with Monash University
Check out the courses Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance or Maintaining a Mindful Life

Try reading for wellbeing with The University of Warwick
Check out the course Literature and Mental Health: Reading for Wellbeing

Find out more about mental health with The University of Liverpool
Check out the course Psychology and Mental Health: Beyond Nature and Nurture

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