TM Edit: 8 Promotional Products That Can Help With Mental Health

With World Mental Health Day coming up soon (on October 10th, to be precise), there's no better time to give some thought to the promotional products that can help your staff and customers alike to keep their mental health in check.

What Is World Mental Health Day?

World Mental Health Day is a global annual awareness day takes place on October 10th each year.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally written in October 2019 but we believe it could be helpful to readers and provide value and inspiration for businesses amidst COVID-19. For more information and updates, please visit our Coronavirus Hub.

The event is organised by the World Federation for Mental Health, with the goal of raising awareness for mental health issues around the world.

World Mental Health Day also drums up support for mental health issues and those who are affected by them. 

What Impact Do Mental Health Issues Have On Workers Across The UK?

The stats surrounding mental health in the UK are alarming. Research shared by Mental Health First Aid England reveals one-in-four people in the UK encounter mental health problems each year, with associated issues attributing to 72 million days being taken off work by Brits.  

The same research shows that one-in-five British workers have taken a day off work due to stress, with 90% citing an alternate reason rather than admit the true cause.

According to the data, over four-fifths (84%) of UK line managers consider themselves responsible for employee wellbeing - yet only 24% have received official training. Just under half (49%) of those quizzed said they would like to be offered the chance to receive basic training. 

How Can Your Business Show Its Support Of Mental Health? 

With mental health being something we should all be as mindful of as we are of physical ailments, there's no better time for your business to roll up its proverbial sleeves and step into the conversation about mental wellbeing. 

The fantastic charity Mind has all sorts of tips for workplaces who are keen to do more by way of supporting employees who are struggling, and there are all sorts of ways your company can show it cares.

For example, some businesses give their staff permission to take 'mental health days', allowing people to recharge their batteries or take a step back if they're feeling overwhelmed. Others have allocated mental health champions: people who have received training to allow them to help team members who might be struggling or simply need someone to talk to. 

Of course, those are both quite significant adjustments to make to a workplace. If you want a quick solution that can provide instant relief to your colleagues - and that can also be gifted to your customers at appropriate opportunities, too - then search no further than our range of mental wellbeing appropriate promotional products. 

Without further ado, read on for our round-up of the promotional products that have the potential to help your colleagues and clients stay on top of their mental wellbeing. 

Brew A Moment Of Calm With Our Printed Green Tea Bags

We'll start simple - because it doesn't come much easier than boiling the kettle, does it? According to research, green tea is proven to reduce anxiety and its associated symptoms.

Our promotional green tea bags are individually packed and come printed with your logo in up to full colour on the wrapper. Whether you put them in the office kitchen or hand them out to customers at events, they're a promotional product with a guaranteed use that will ensure the end-user thinks of your brand with each sip!

Reduce Stress With Promotional Colouring Books

Whilst colouring-in might seem like an activity reserved purely for kids, it can actually be an incredibly relaxing past-time for adults, too. Encouraging the user to practice mindfulness techniques and lowering anxiety levels at the same time, colouring combines with pangs of childhood nostalgia to result in a soothing activity that can truly help adults switch off. 

Insights shared by Birmingham City University explore the full range of stress-reducing benefits that the simple art of colouring in can have on people. One key thing to note from their research is that colouring-in can help to calm the amygdala - that's the 'fear centre' of the brain, for the uninitiated. 

Total Merchandise has an assortment of promotional colouring books available, with each ideal for encouraging the user to unwind - even if just for a few minutes. If you're tempted, don't forget to add some colouring pencils on to your order to complete the gift in style!

Help People Get Physical With Promotional Fitness Gifts

Getting physical - whether it's going for a walk at lunchtime or a yoga class after work - is consistently proven to have a positive effect on mild depression. Why? Research suggests even light exercise is able to create a chemical change in the brain, which can boost mood and self-esteem.

With that in mind, giving your colleagues products that gently remind them to be more active could offer a subtle yet significant way to help staff deal with mental health issues. Why not arm your team members with our promotional pedometers and challenge them to a step-counting challenge? 

For more ideas, explore our range of branded sports and fitness merchandise. 

Give Them Something To Take It Out On With Branded Stress Balls

Total Merchandise has a huge range of personalised stress balls available. Whether you want a design that ties in with a specific industry or are looking for something that can appeal to anyone, we have the perfect stress ball for you! 

Special mention goes to our Stress Thumbs Up with your artwork printed on the palm for maximum brand exposure. Also of note are our Stress Speech Bubbles, which display your brand message in a truly eye-catching way.

Encourage People To Write Things Down With Promotional Notebooks

Writing things down can help reduce mental taxation. Emptying the mind - whether it's pouring out inner-most thoughts or simply writing a list of everything that needs to be achieved that day - is a highly effective method of helping people to prioritise and assess, whether it's tasks or feelings they're analysing!

With that in mind, arming your colleagues with notebooks that they can have to-hand whenever they need them can prove invaluable. It might sound simple - and it is! But it really can have a positive impact on your team. We have a huge range of branded notebooks available; browse now to find the perfect match for your business!

Fidget Toys Can Help Bump Up Focus & Lower Stress

Fact: having something to fidget with can improve productivity, renew focus and reduce stress. Whilst they might not be the most obvious of workplace superheroes, our all-singing, all-dancing branded fidget spinners make great quirky giveaways for your company to hand-out to customers and staff alike. 

Keep It Light With Novelty Stress Cards

Finally! Remember those rings from childhood that used to change colour according to your mood? Consider these novelty Stress Cards to be the grown-up equivalent. All your customers need to do is hold their thumb on the gauge in order to get an indication of precisely how stressed they are at that very moment.

Whilst we can't vouch for their scientific accuracy, we can promise they'll make a great talking point! It doesn't end there, either; these unique promotional giveaways are printed on the reverse with your artwork, too. Whether you wish to share contact details, an offer or campaign imagery, it will be emblazoned in dazzling full colour. 

For more promotional products suitable for the workplace, browse our full range of branded desk and office gifts.

Top image via Pixabay. 

Written by

Katie Clark | Digital Marketing Manager

With over a decade in print and digital journalism, Katie possesses a wide skill-set that incorporates everything from SEO to PR. Joining the team in early 2019, her expertise lies in writing sparkling copy about promotional merchandise and related topics, as well as managing social media activity and developing creative solutions to keep the Total Merchandise brand at the forefront of people’s minds. With a background that includes event-planning and volunteering for charitable organisations, she has a first-hand appreciation for the needs and questions a customer might have when acquiring promotional products for their organisation. In her spare time, she loves reading, going to the cinema and learning to cook.

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