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Autumn Wellbeing Dates 2019

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National Work–Life Week 7th – 11th October 2019

This is an opportunity for workplaces to focus on well-being and work-life balance.

Employers can use this week to highlight their flexible working policies and practices.

A recent research article published in The Lancet states working a 55-hour week brings with it a risk of coronary heart disease and stroke.  

Working long hours can also make you fatter, increase your risk of diabetes and make you depressed. 

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World Mental Health Day - 10th October 2019

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year.

This year's theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) is Suicide Prevention.

Use this day to raise awareness of the importance of looking after your mental health.

The ACT Matrix, created by Dr. Kevin Polk, is a proven tool that helps individuals to sort their internal and external experiences and identify those that work to enable them to live the life that they want to live.

The ACT Matrix asks four questions:

  1. Who is important to you?
  2. What unwanted stuff gets in the way for who is important?
  3. What do you do to get rid of the unwanted stuff?
  4. What could you do to move towards who is important? 

Noticing who is important, what shows up that's unwanted, what we do to get rid of the unwanted stuff enables us to more consciously move towards who is important.

Asking these four questions and practicing noticing will improve mental health.

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World Values Day – 17th October 2019

World Values Day is an opportunity to think about our most deeply held values and to act on them. 

This year’s theme is putting values into action to enhance wellbeing. 

This year the Values Challenge looks at how organisations can support the wellbeing of its employees and stakeholders, and the wellbeing of the organisation itself,  by improving the practice of values in the organisation.

The evidence shows that when organisations have strong values embedded in their culture they perform better and have higher levels of stakeholder engagement and satisfaction.

Research published by PwC highlights that companies with distinctive and aligned cultures are 2 times more successful with execution, and 1.8 times more likely to show higher profitability and growth.

To mark World Values Day organisations are being encouraged to highlight the importance of values to their organisation and to bring those values to life.

The ProSocial Matrix is a great way of bringing people tother to have a non-judgemental conversation about the shared purpose and what is getting in the way.

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International Stress Awareness Day – 6th November 2019

This year's theme is 'RESILIENCE - the Power to Succeed!'

CIPD's Health and Well-being at Work Survey 2019 identified that stress is still one of the top 5 causes of long term absence in the UK.

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It also identified that the top three causes of stress at work are workloads / volume of work, management style and relationships at work.

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Consider teaching the workforce to use the ACT Matrix to reduce stress and improve wellbeing by supporting the development of psychological flexibility. 

The ACT Matrix helps us to notice the difference between sensory and mental experiences and the difference between how it feels to move towards and away from.  

Sometimes we are in the internal world at the bottom of the matrix and sometimes we are connected to our senses at the top of the matrix.  

Sometimes we are moving towards what is important and other times we are moving away.  

Knowing where you are will help you to make better decisions and take effective action. 

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World Kindness Day – 13th November 2019

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” 

Leo Buscaglia

Kindness Day UK is a nationally recognised day to celebrate kindness in society and day to day life.

Annually individual acts of kindness are encouraged on this day. 

Ask yourself what could I do today to show Kindness?  Some examples to get you started are:

  • Send out a Kindness Day email to everyone in the company/organisation showing your appreciation for their hard work
  • Raise money for a local/your preferred charity
  • Organise an office treat such as a company breakfast or lunch for the team
  • Ask everyone to donate a non-perishable food item for your local Food Bank
  • Be kind to yourself
  • Take time out with someone you care about.
  • Give the team some time off for a socially responsible activity e.g. cleaning the local beach, providing a charity with advice and guidance in their area of expertise, cleaning up a children’s park etc.


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