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Mental health and wellbeing

Creating a safe workplace and access to support resources

Taking steps to boost your mental health and maintaining a healthy workplace is good for you, your staff and your bottom line.

Most small business owners share a positive attitude and can-do approach which keeps you motivated and upbeat, even during the tough times.

But managing employees and suppliers, long hours, unpredictable cashflow – not to mention the Covid 19 pandemic – can all take a toll.

Some stress in your work is pretty typical, but if you’re feeling anxious or depressed and struggling to sleep or maintain good relationships with staff, customers, family and friends – it’s time to take action.

Try these ideas to boost your mental wellbeing:

  • Try for a healthy work-life balance, making time for family and friends and activities you enjoy.
  • Get into a regular exercise routine to ease your stress and boost your energy.
  • Eat well and get enough sleep.
  • Say ‘’no’ once in a while so you’re not over-committed.
  • Plan ahead of time, so you’re prepared for future events.
  • Find ways to relax and unwind – try meditation, listening to music or breathing techniques.

If these strategies aren’t helping, it might be time to talk to someone.

There’s no shame in asking for support and you’re not alone - one in five Australians experience a mental health condition during their lifetime.

A good starting point is talking to your GP. They can help you work out what’s going on and if you need treatment or other counselling services.

If you employ staff, it’s in your interest to check in with them every now and then. Your employees are likely to be more productive and have fewer sicks days in a healthy workplace.

You can also have a look at these resources designed specifically for small business owners and their staff.