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An important aspect of mental health is being in the appropriate settings. You must exist in a space that is conducive to positive mental health. Most people believe that they can only really control the atmosphere around their home environment, and that the rest of the world simply can’t be controlled. This isn’t true. You can do everything in your power to make other environments in your life work in your favor.

Let’s take the workplace as an example. You are not the only person in your office, so one would assume that you don’t have control of the atmosphere, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. You can directly impact the mood, firstly, by bringing a positive attitude. But there are other ways of impacting the mental health of not only yourself, but your coworkers as well.

Create a Volunteer Day

One of the best ways to create a sense of happiness is by helping others. So, if possible, speak with your managers and HR department to see if you can organize a volunteer day. The entire office can take the day off and go to the local animal or food shelter and help out. Or you can organize your own event, such as a fundraiser for a charitable cause. It’s a great way to improve morale and feel good about yourself and your team.

Talk About it

Another great way to improve the office’s overall mental health is by simply talking about it. Set up a few hours out of the week to have transparent and open discussions about serious topics, such as depression and anger. Obviously, this can be a tricky conversation, so you’d certainly want your HR person to be present, but it’s a great way to vent frustrations and to raise awareness about mental health.

Perform Deskercise Classes

Deskercise is exactly what it sounds like: exercising at your desk. This is a great way to stretch and get away from your computer screen. You can remain relatively fit while rebalancing yourself and getting away from work for a bit. Or, if you really need to get that report done, you can still do some squats and run in place. 

You should have a workplace that encourages and supports your mental health. Sometimes it happens naturally, and other times, you must create it yourself. Take these tips and implement them in your office and try to improve the overall mental health of yourself and your coworkers.