Impact your mental wellbeing with one small change

Oct 21

101 Collins was proud to host Chelsea Pottenger of EQ Minds, in a session exclusive to 101 Collins customers which focused on mental wellbeing as part of our R U OK? Day program.

Over the 45-minute webinar, Chelsea provided six simple ways to help improve your daily routine and in turn, the way you feel

And the best part? Repeating only ONE of these actions is likely to have a huge impact on your wellbeing. 


1. Morning digital detox – The 8-minute rule 

Put simply, the way you start your day impacts your mindset for the day ahead. Reaching for your phone and getting stuck into a negative news cycle or stressed about work emails does not set you up well for your day.

Instead, try journaling; the practice of recording your thoughts, experiences, and observations. “I am grateful for…” and “I will focus on…” are great prompts to create positivity at the beginning of each day.


2. Deep breathing or meditation

Use slow and deep breaths to help bring your cortisol levels down. 

A 90-second cycle of: four counts in, hold for four, four counts out, hold for four; can be undertaken anywhere and can be enough for your brain to relax and reset.

Visit the EQ Minds YouTube channel for more breathing techniques.

3. Express gratitude and appreciation

Your words and actions not only serve to boost your mood, but they can uplift the people around you, creating a chain of emotional contagion. 

Call out your fellow colleagues when they do something great and share wins with the team.

4. Stop negative thought patterns in their tracks

Avoid spiralling into a negative thought pattern by asking yourself “Is this helpful or harmful?”

Asking this question and acknowledging these thoughts can help to process them and move on. 

5. Seek connection

Right now, we are being asked to physically isolate ourselves from the community, but this should not mean total social isolation. 

As human beings we need connection. Extroverts should have a minimum of five people to connect with on a regular basis and introverts should have a minimum of two. 

Pick up the phone or schedule in a Zoom catchup to check-in with your loved ones. 

6. Hack your sleep

Our brains look for cues to wind down at night, so spending the evening glued to a screen could be seriously harming the quality of your sleep. 

Switching off 30 minutes before bed will trigger your brain to produce the right chemicals to not only send you off to sleep with ease but ensure the quality of your ZZZs is optimal. 

Additional resources for your mental wellbeing can be found at eqminds.com

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