Mental Health and Cancer Awareness

Now more than ever has our mental health been negatively impacted as we have been forced to keep our distance from our co-workers, loved ones and “normal” has a new meaning. Not only has the distance been an issue, but the loss of family members, friends and colleagues has affected our mental health enormously too.

It is interesting to see how different people use different mechanisms to manage their mental health and companies have been assisting employees and their clients in many ways, by showing they care, by gifting them suitable and relevant branded items, to help them through tough times. You may well ask, how can a branded corporate gift help someone through a tough time? Carry on reading and you will see what we mean!

Music has incredible positive effects on one’s mental health and can change the way we act, think and feel. Here are the 5 positive effects music has on us.

1. Elevates your mood and motivation

2. Reduces stress

3. Improves focus

4. Helps relax

5. Reduces anxiety & depression

A perfect gift for clients and employees, to let them know that they are valued and thought of could be a pair of branded noise cancelling earphones, or a set of company branded wireless earbuds. Why not pair with a Spotify Online Gift Card and send them a link to a wonderful mood elevating play list and a message from the company to let them know they are valued.

We already know that exercise is good for your body, but did you know that it also boosts your mood, helps with insomnia, and can help ease depression, stress, and anxiety too?

Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, and ADHD. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts your overall mood. And you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits. Research indicates that modest amounts of exercise can make a real difference. No matter your age or fitness level, you can learn to use exercise as a powerful tool to deal with mental health problems, improve your energy and outlook, and get more out of life.

Here are 5 other mental health benefits of exercise.

1. Sharpens memory and thinking

2. Increases self esteem

3. Sleep improves

4. Increase in energy

5. Strength in resilience

So, what branded corporate gift would fit into this category? There are so many items which can be branded with a company logo. For example, a yoga mat, yoga block or a stunning eco-friendly water bottle. All of these will be greatly appreciated, used, and create some positive brand awareness for the giver and create a warm and fuzzy feeling for the recipients too. They will again feel cared for and appreciated. How about creating a daily check in with employees and share an online yoga or other exercise class as a team. Not only is the exercise great for mental health, but physical health too and to top it all, these classes will enable employees to remain engaged and connected if all are working from home still.

There are many other factors which influence how one is feeling and impact on mental health. Healthy eating plays a huge part in this and should be encouraged by employers as healthy employees leads to higher productivity and can lead to overall success and contentment within the company. There are so many ways in which this can be encouraged, even if staff are working remotely. How about a healthy snack box delivered to their home or left on their desk for the days when they are physically in the office. A beautiful, company branded bamboo lunch box is a wonderful way to create healthy eating habits, especially if paired with some healthy snacks.

There is science behind the fact that spending time on the beach is good for your mental health. A study by the University of Exeter found that people who live near the beach or who visit the beach on a regular basis have better overall health and mental wellbeing. The sense of calm from hearing the ocean and all other associated beach visit smells and sounds seem to assist in eradicating the impact that stress everyday life has on our mental health.

Year-end gifting provides the perfect opportunity to give a branded beach gift to those employees and clients who you care about and what to show appreciation too. Put your company logo on beach balls & frisbees, beach picnic blankets and baskets, beach towels, flip-flops, beach umbrellas, beach chairs, coolers, and so much more. Beach themed corporate gifting is always popular and always appreciated, whist giving your brand maximum visibility.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month in South Africa, and it makes perfect sense to bring this in here too. Those individuals going through the emotions of a cancer diagnosis, treatment and all that goes with this disease, which affects families, colleagues and changes lives forever. Not everyone is aware of cancer symptoms to look out for, and this is a good opportunity to create cancer awareness. This can be done both internally and externally within companies as branded marketing collateral can be handed out to employees, potentially with a breast self-examination guide or other. The colour for this month is definitely pink, and there are gifts within all budgets to meet your needs.

Choose a pink cell phone card holder with your logo on and add a card with some information, for your employees to read. Other lovely ideas are notebooks with inspirational messages or branded water bottles with the Cancer ribbon displayed too. How about all employees being given a t shirt or golfer to wear every Friday in support of Cancer Awareness? This can be co-branded with your company logo and the cancer ribbon. Not only will your company be praised for creating awareness when the employees go shopping or other after work activities, they too are creating cancer awareness amongst others.

So, let’s all be kind to one another as we are not always aware of how much people are struggling and the battles that are being fought. If that person happens to be you, then remember, “One small crack does not mean that you are broken, it means that you were put to the test, and you didn't fall apart.” — Linda Poindexter.

Thank you for your time and please take care of yourself and those around you. The reality is, that asking for help if you are not coping is never a weakness, but a massive strength.

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