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Stay tuned for our 12 days of Christmas series here on Housing Technology Wellbeing which kicks off on Thursday 3 December. We will be posting a feature here every weekday focusing on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing over the festive season. Look out for articles, tips and videos – with many from our regular contributors – aimed at helping you survive and thrive during the busy festive season....
George Grant, Housing Technology's publisher and CEO, discusses the role of technology and how it affects our performance and wellbeing. Digital technologies have permeated our everyday tasks and interactions have radically altered the way we run our lives, work, learn and socialise. This reliance on the use of technology has led to considerations of the potential consequences on our environment, society and wellbeing –...
Self-care is any necessary action or behaviour that helps a person avoid health problems and supports general physical and mental wellbeing. The term ‘self-care’ is sometimes confused with being self-indulgent or self-absorbed. In fact, if someone takes steps to practice self-care, thereby improving their general health and wellbeing, they are more likely to be able to help support others. Furthermore, a study  in the...
As we all deal with a second lockdown, it’s even more important to address and manage our mental health and wellbeing. Here's this month's list of our top five books to help boost happiness, performance and wellbeing. A Little Happier: Notes for Reassurance by Derren Brown  (Bantam Press, Hardback/Ebook/Audiobook, October 2020) Illusionist Derren Brown has condensed the lessons from his international bestseller...
A nutritious diet and plenty of exercise can undoubtedly promote good health, but what about the daily habits you practice at home? From your everyday routine to getting the proper sleep, there are several things you can do to promote and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. It's said that good habits begin at home, and this is absolutely true whether it relates to your career, your relationships, or your physical health. Read on to discover some...
An inspirational resident from Sunderland who became a domestic abuse champion in her local community after she was helped to escape an abusive marriage herself at the age of 74, has won a national award for her efforts as an involved tenant with her social landlord. Brenda Naisby, from Washington in Sunderland, was crowned ‘Tenant of the Year’ at the Tpas National Awards, for the influential role she has played in helping...
We’ve put together a list of five new books that aim to inspire and improve wellbeing in these uncertain times. Whether you want to reduce stress, become more productive or unleash your full potential, we hope these books help you feel more inspired and positive. Think Like a Monk: The Secret of How to Harness the Power of Positivity and be Happy Now by Jay Shetty (HarperCollins, Hardback/Ebook/Audiobook, September 2020) Jay...
We launched Housing Technology Wellbeing earlier this year to give our community the opportunity to share and learn how other organisations are approaching the creation of healthier work cultures. A recent report found that job quality has deteriorated over the last two years and the pandemic has had an even worse impact on people’s mental and physical health. It’s clear now more than ever that employers need to identify...
A healthy workplace is one with a culture of dignity and respect. To coincide with  World Mental Health Day (10th October), Rachel Ward Lilley discusses the importance of dignity when it comes to mental health in the workplace.   We all have our dignity; it’s a visceral human requirement that we feel instinctively. Andrew Sayer’s academic definition describes it as 'a social phenomenon and a mix of independence...
To mark World Mental Health Day on 10th October, we've put together a five-point action plan to improve mental health at work. 1. Don’t skip lunch Try making healthy choices for lunch into a new habit to ensure that you have enough time away from the screen to avoid fatigue. For many of us, our home is now our office so adopting a healthy lifestyle is key to improving balance and being organised. Planning healthy...
To coincide with our Resilient Innovation 2020 virtual event  last week, we’ve carried the resilience theme over to our wellbeing channel. It has been a challenging year for all of us and it has become increasingly evident that developing resilience is essential so that we can learn to cope and adapt during these tough times. Here are four easy actions you can take on board to boost your resilience. Take time out Taking...
The term ‘growth mindset’ was first introduced by Dr Carol S. Dweck who considered the difference in performance between those who thought potential was innate and fixed and those who saw it as something that could be developed. The basic premise of a growth mindset is the belief that you can actively and significantly alter what you are capable of through continued learning and cultivating your abilities.  As with so...