Mental wellbeing in the studio
One of the best things about #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek is that it makes you think about your own wellbeing. That gentle nudge makes you assess your current state of mind; how things are going not just in your personal life but also in your professional life. The fact is when we’re not resting, socialising or partaking in hobbies, we’re working. A huge section of our lives is dedicated to our jobs. This being the case, your work-life has a definite impact on your mentality, overall. Research has shown that in the UK from 2001 to 2021, there has been a steady increase in people suffering from work-related stress, depression and anxiety.
There needs to be a conscious effort in creating a comfortable and positive work environment. I know that this is the case at Bryce Mennell. As a small creative agency, our greatest superpower is teamwork. No matter how busy the day is and how hectic the timetable may be, you feel assured that you’re surrounded by people who’ve got your back. Having a supportive team is a serious morale booster.
A key part of building that kind of bond in a team is making sure that the studio is an open and collaborative space. Knowing that you can speak up, bring things to the table, ask for opinions, give your own opinions, brainstorm together, and (most importantly) ask for help, creates a relaxed and trusting environment to work in.
Another aspect that is important in harnessing positivity in the workplace is the old saying, ‘Treat people how you want to be treated.’ It might sound a bit hacky but it’s true. Being conscious about how you interact with your team and colleagues can go a long way toward constructing an atmosphere in which everyone can thrive.
Everyone would love to have a job where they feel valued, respected and cared for. I believe that a lot of these feelings can be reinforced by implementing these three steps. This is not to say that it’s easy, it can be quite difficult to cultivate the environment that suits you and others. Although, I feel that if everyone tries to work towards the same goal, you always stand a good chance.
If you are struggling at the moment and need somebody to talk to, please see the details below for organisations that can help you.
Mind • 0300 123 3393 • www.mind.org.uk
Samaritans • 116 123 • samaritans.org
Calm • 0800 585858 • thecalmzone.net
YoungMinds • Text YM to 85258 • www.youngminds.org.uk