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An international taskforce led by Deakin University found evidence that lifestyle approaches improved the mental health outcomes – with food as a key ingredient to changing your mood.
The nine lifestyle guidelines recently released led by the Deakin’s Food & Mood Centre are a set of activities to help manage symptoms of depression that can help to improve or maintain our mental wellbeing are:
Ensuring that you’re ticking off the nine key activities regularly is a way to ensure you’re supporting yourself through any workplace change or stress.
The Federal Government’s Mental Health Commission has also researched the issue of mental health in our evolving workplaces, and has come up with a list of recommendations for employers to support their employees, including:
Above all else, it’s important to acknowledge that we are all operating in uncharted territory since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and with the technological advances we now have that allow us to work in a flexible way. What is an ideal solution for one person could cause anxiety or feelings of isolation in another.
If you’re struggling or experiencing stress as a result of your work environment, speak to your boss or someone at work who may be able to help. And if you or a loved one need further support, you can get help and resources from:
Lifeline: 13 11 14 or lifeline.org.au
Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636 or beyondblue.org.au
Beyond Blue’s coronavirus support service: 1800 512 348 or coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au
You can also take the Beyond Blue quiz to see how anxious or depressed you might be, and whether you could benefit from support.
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