You may or may not be surprised to hear the Mental Health Foundation discovered that ‘over the past year, almost three quarters (74%) of people have at some point felt so stressed that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope’. Imagine how much of this stress might be work-related? Or, how non-work-related stress might impact your productivity and well-being at work?

We spend so much of our time at work, it’s crucial we talk about what impacts our well-being whilst there. With this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week theme being stress, we wanted to open the conversation, so we held a special event all about stress at work and why sometimes work can suck!

During that session, someone offered this tip for better managing workplace well-being: keep a diary of what lifted you up at work (that day or week or month) and what brought you down. Use those diary entries to think about changes you could make to positively impact your well-being. Everyone is different, so a diary may not work for all, but it’s food for thought.

Workplace health is something we’re working on here at Talk for Health so look out for more info on talking for workplace health coming soon…

In the meantime, you can read the Mental Health Foundation‘s special report: “Stress: are we coping?”