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Completing the Healthy Mind Menu course will provide you with information and practical tips which you can apply to your life and daily habits while improving your mental health literacy.

The key elements that make up the Healthy Mind Pyramid are:

  • Sleep
  • Nutrition
  • Connectedness
  • Physical Activity
  • Downtime

This is a timely resource that will provide hospitality staff with practical tips and advice on how to remain aware of the importance of mental health at a time of unprecedented uncertainty and anxiety that COVID-19 may be imposing on staff.

Introduction

The Healthy Mind Menu is an industry led initiative that recognises a key ingredient in hospitality is its people. Although rewarding, working in a service-focused business can be isolating, unsociable, high-pressure, and extremely competitive. Mental health is emerging as a major challenge for hospitality businesses with 80% of workers reporting they are suffering from symptoms.

HMM has been designed to help improve awareness, provide resources and promote wellness and the development of more collaborative workplaces with mental health in mind.

Sleep

Sleep is the foundation of the Healthy Mind Pyramid and is vital to the development of good mental and physical health.  Sleep quality is especially important for helping our bodies recover both physically and mentally from our daily activities. While everyone sleeps for different durations and at different times, poor sleep quality is widely believed to potentially increase our risk for mental health issues.

Nutrition

The human brain needs nutrients to function and to keep us both mentally and physically healthy. Good nutrition goes a long way to reducing the risk of both mental and physical health problems and has a big impact on both our mood and sleep quality. Diets which are high in saturated fats, processed carbohydrates, and sugar such as junk food can NEGATIVELY impact your mental health.

Connectedness

Staying connected is very important whether it be with your friends, family, colleagues, pets or community. Healthy relationships encourage physical and mental wellbeing which provides us with feelings of happiness, support and safety. Staying connected has also been proven to help manage anxiety and depression and improve self-esteem.

Physical Activity

Physical Activity is a proven method to maintain and improve our mental and physical wellbeing. When done consistently – physical activity creates positive results that flow into ALL aspects of our lives and research shows that when we exercise regularly, we have better mental health and lower rates of mental stress.

Downtime

The importance of downtime is critical in helping maintain a healthy mind. Downtime can take many forms such as a 5-minute break to hydrate, a walk around the block to clear our head or a few deep breaths between tasks. The key is to take time for activities that recharge you mentally, physically, and emotionally.

We can feel uncomfortable and even ‘bored’ during downtime…and our first instinct is to pull out our mobile phones and scroll endlessly through social media and news.

COVID-19

The emergence of COVID-19 has had a significant impact, on the mental health of individuals. During these uncertain times increased anxiety is widespread as we attempt to navigate the real threat of COVID-19, disruption to work, family and social structures and overall mental wellbeing. 

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