Often, mental health plays a much larger role in our overall health. Check out these mental health wellness activities you can engage in daily.
When clear weather hits, schedule daily “recess” for your employees. Encourage them to take 15-20 minutes of time to go outside to stretch their legs, enjoy the sunshine, and socialize.
Summer recess can help you encourage participation in a step/walking challenge or just lift employees’ spirits. Make it more exciting by bringing in fun activities like cornhole and bocce ball or fun summer treats like fruit popsicles, lemonade, etc.
Another way to get your employees some extra vitamin D during the summer months is to host outdoor team meetings or you even consider walking meetings for smaller groups.
Birthday Vacation Day
Enjoying time away from work gives us the space we need to recharge for our mental health. Start a special Paid-Time-Off program where all employees get a PTO day on their birthday (or alternate if it falls on a weekend). Many employees already take their birthday off to celebrate and spend time with friends and family.
Giving one more day of PTO will likely not have a large effect on overall performance, and as long as all your employees don’t have the same birthday – you shouldn’t experience unmanageable staffing issues.
Be sure to feature special PTO as part of your total compensation. Your Austin Benefits team can help you craft custom total compensation statements showing the true value of all your benefit offerings.
Peaceful Planting Project
Bringing some green into your office can have several benefits. Many plants help with air quality, serve as a relaxing place to rest your eyes, or spruce up a bland office space. Take some time for your whole team to come together to make their own planter to personalize their desk. You could also use this as an opportunity to take a field trip to a local business who specializes in planting activities.
Check out these local Michigan businesses and what they can help you create.
- Telly’s Greenhouse in Troy: Bonsai or Succulent Workshops (see schedule)
Get outside your comfort zone and get your employees’ creative juices flowing. Bring in a pottery painting studio or an instructor to guide your team through creating their own masterpiece.
Did you know that making art reduces stress hormones (cortisol), no matter your skill level? Check with local businesses to make a partnership in this mental health activity.
Bring Your Pet to Work Day/Pet-Friendly Office
Show your support for your employees’ other family – their pets. Having pets often shows a great reduction in stress. Having a pet-friendly office or allowing special pet days means your employees get to enjoy each other’s furry BFFs and not have to worry about leaving them at home.
Be sure to check on any pet allergies, and designate pet-free zones to so all your employees can enjoy their time at work.
Impromptu Chair Race
Mental health and wellness programs don’t need to be serious. Injecting some fun into your employees’ day can help relieve stress and give them a respite from monotonous work.
Surprise your employees with an Impromptu Office Chair Race just for fun. Take turns and offer silly awards for participants.
A short chair massage can offer a lot of relief for your employees. Massages are great year-round, but especially during any high-stress season, your business may experience. To save money, you may be able to work with a local massage therapy school to negotiate for students to offer the massage services.
Make sure that you have reserved private space for the event to give your employees a total relaxation experience while they are still at work.
Meditation has been shown to help with stress-relief and encouraging better sleep. Lead a special month worth of activities to introduce your employees to meditation techniques and habits.
Get your whole team involved by allotting a few minutes at the start of each day for a group meditation session. You can find many guided meditation scripts online to play so everyone can listen in. Share popular meditation mobile apps to help employees maintain good habits anywhere, any time.
Host a short tea (and coffee) break for your employees. Encourage everyone to disengage from their work for this break and enjoy. Bring in tea flavors that encourage different effects so everyone can recharge in their own way. Make tea time a regular weekly occurrence – try incorporating it with other activities in your wellness program.
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