As time goes on life gets busier and we do not have as much time to exercise and embrace the outdoors, despite it being scientifically proven to be good for your mind, soul, and body. We quizzed the team at go-centric to find out what helps their mental wellbeing when working from home. The top three responses came out as: fresh air, exercise and a chat with a colleague (we told you it was a great place to work!).

‘Right now 1 in 6 workers are dealing with a mental health problem such as anxiety, depression or stress. This can stop people performing at their best.’ – Mind.org.uk

Countless reports have shown that spending time outdoors can de-stress us, with people who increase their time spent outside showing lower levels of cortisol – a hormone often used as a marker for stress. The outdoors can also help get your mind back on track by exposing it to restorative environments. In a generation that’s still getting used to working from home, one of the key advantages of spending more time outside is the increased focus it provides. The natural world allows our brains to take a break from all that mentally drains us, and even reduces symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. One study found that some people’s mental energy increased even when they just looked at photos of nature!

Exercise and fresh air go hand in hand and was voted the team’s third favourite tactic to improving mental wellbeing, with reports showing that the feel-good chemical in your brain dopamine is increased after exercise, decreasing stress and negative thoughts whilst you work. The notion that exercise calms, focuses and boosts self-esteem comes as no surprise, going for a walk before or after work can help towards wellbeing, mentally and physically.

Teamwork is a key value within go-centric, helping us to create a positive and supportive working culture. A chat with a colleague allows us to share and resolve problems, thoughts and feelings which may become intense if not discussed when working from home. Always remember: a problem shared, is a problem halved.

We have multiple health and wellbeing initiatives running at go-centric, with maintaining our employees’ positivity always being the number one priority. Keep an eye on our social platforms in the near future for more details!