How important is the well-being of our people?
Our MID Comms Well-being month came to a close this past Wednesday, so we decided to end it by asking some of our MID Commers what wellbeing means to them.
Comfort. Reassurance. A belief that everything is, or is going to be, ok. To achieve a sense of well-being within a company, I would need to feel that my wage was adequate for me to live comfortably, that my job was secure, and that the company was willing to put as much effort into looking out for me as I spend looking out for the company.
– Keith Ball
Well-being to me is both physical and mental. It changes as we go through different stages of our lives. At points it can be more positive than our own individual baseline, sometimes it may be below that. But it’s the understanding that it is fluid, it constantly changes and is individual to each person. Sometimes we need to focus on our physical well-being more than our mental, sometimes that’s vice versa – and that is okay. It should be an even split overall but what you need to focus on at that moment will differ. Well-being should be something we all pay attention to and know that it’s okay to take time out for it.
– Gemma Fearns
As I’ve got older and a little wiser (debatable), I have learned how important it is to listen to your body/mind and recognise when it’s telling you ‘enough is enough’. Sometimes you just need a little time out to recharge and relax – life is hectic, we’re not superheroes we’re only human and that’s okay.
I also believe the old saying a problem shared is a problem halved. Talking, sharing and having honest open conversations with trusted people has helped me through some really tough times, to me it’s important that everyone understands it’s okay to admit you’re struggling and sometimes need a little help.
– Karen Goodall
Well-being means being honest with yourself. Sometimes you know what’s going on and sometimes you need to speak to others to help you understand parts of yourself that you may not have recognised before. These parts of you may be affecting you and others around you. If you can be comfortable with who you are and how you affect others then in the long run you’ll be being honest with yourself which as I started with, for me really supports your own wellbeing.
– John Harvey
Well-being to me is being happy inside and out and having a positive mentality around life. Keeping yourself motivated as well motivating your loved ones to achieve the greatness they deserve throughout life. A smile or a hug is sometimes all someone needs to lift their spirits. For those that find it difficult to talk or approach people about their issues just making sure that you can make it as easy and simple as possible to be the light, they need to regain a positive mentality and healthy life physical, mentally and emotionally.
– Cat Kerslake
Well-being for me is finding a moment to get lost in something whether its a good book, film or just some me time, I think it is important to manage the art of just switching off from work, from being a wife and parent and have those rare moments to just be you.
– Zoe Chaplin
Well-being, both physical and mental is something I need to be constantly aware of and work on. In more recent years as my job and family have grown, I have made more of an effort to think about my well-being. I use a simple 1 – 10 scale and where I feel I am a 5 or less I make sure I do a little self-care to improve my wellbeing. Like many, I have a busy job and a family to look after, so giving myself some ‘me’ time is difficult, but not impossible. My self-care is anything from reading a good book, a date night with my husband or a good night out with the girls! Often it also involves having a break from social media, which can be quite unhelpful, when I am not feeling 100% about myself.
I have experienced poor mental health in my life, so I have great empathy for those that have/are struggling with anxiety, stress and other examples of poor mental health hence why Gemma and I are so keen to build a more open-minded culture in MID Communications to deal with poor mental health.
– Jenn Hulme