Mental health at 3 Sided Cube
As part of our culture, we focus on activities that get all of the team cognizant of having healthy bodies AND minds. Some of the ways mental wellness is supported by Cube are:
Targeted team building
Sure, we have tons of light-hearted fun and challenges planned by management to help us grow together. But, they also make sure to carve out time for us to take stock of our own wellness. Recently, we were able to have Daran Bailey, from the Aster Foundation join our HHH (Happy Half Hour) meeting and spend the time carefully educating and sharing coping mechanisms with us.
At the end of a long work week, it was invaluable to sit (virtually) with my colleagues and take stock of our own and collective mental health.
Alongside these sessions, our irreplaceable (just like Beyonce) Operations Director, Jen took it upon herself to lead us in meditation. It was much needed, and everyone that participated benefited immensely from the time taken to do that. But she had one more trick up her sleeve and sprung a laughing yoga session on us. If you have never done that, I cannot recommend it highly enough, nor have I laughed that hard in far too long!
Lift-ups and Recognition
As we were JUST talking about everybody’s favourite meeting/cocktail hour, I would be remiss to not mention a beloved tradition during it. At the end of every meeting, just as we are all about to log-off and begin the commute home, (from the kitchen table to the couch) we do lift-ups. The floor is open to all of us to big up our fellow Cubes and note something particularly rad they did that week. From help with a particularly sticky work situation, to support in a personal problem, we get to express how much we *see* and appreciate each other.
Those parting lift-ups always wrap up the week on the very best note and make me infinitely proud to be part of a team that values the importance of gestures like that.
Mental Health Checks
Something I really miss about the office is how electric it is. With so many of us working in our cheery HQ, our relationships grow so organically. We care about each other. Those conversations you have while making your coffee are so impromptu and special. The life events or crap days, we’re all there for. So when we had to close the doors and work from home, it felt like we had lost all of that invaluable interaction with each other.
And thus, ‘The Lil’ Act of Kindness List’ was born. While it wasn’t quite the same as having a dance-off in the kitchen, it did provide the opportunity for all of the Cubes health and happiness to be accounted for. The Operations team makes sure to check in on every one of us and offer support if it’s needed. On those tough lockdown days, it can be a lifeline. But, on a not so bad one, it’s just nice to know someone is thinking about you.
My personal, favourite part of being in the office, was our Friday Lunch tradition. Every single Friday, without fail, every single Cube would gather around the giant kitchen table and demolish a lunch that Operations had arranged for us. Nothing beats being all squished at the table, gossiping about each other weeks and finding endless reasons to laugh (and steal people’s fries that weren’t very vigilant). I don’t want to oversell this here, but it was the literal, actual best.
And I am so so happy that other people felt the same way because it has evolved virtually! I mean, I’m not able to steal my co-worker’s food, BUT that human interaction without work being involved is just so refreshing.
I love that 3 Sided Cube recognises how vital our mental health is, and constantly strives to offer support for it. But I love even more that they acknowledge that sometimes, the aforementioned support, isn’t enough. So they offer, to each and every one of us, to help supplement our therapy should the need arise. It is no questions asked, no strings attached, just talk to Jen and they help work out the logistics of how they can help and cover the cost.
Tech that has helped my own mental health
Even though it is refreshing to feel so supported in the workplace, outside of work, I have found that tech can be really useful to help with my mental health, particularly over the last year. Here are a few of my own personal tips…
- Journaling. Taking the time to write down and process things you have been ruminating on has come in clutch when I am struggling. Jour is such a great app for doing this.
- Light therapy. As someone that suffers with SAD, (Seasonal Affective Disorder) utilsing light therapy is a daily part of my routine in the cold winter months. And REALLY helpful with being on top of my wellbeing.
- Meditation. This is one that took me a long time to get into. I always found my mind wandering or plotting what snacks I was going to pilfer when I was done. However, recently Waking Up has been working a treat!
- We have a blog with some more resources for positivity!
It’s important to remember that what works for some, won’t necessarily be helpful for others. So listen to yourself and choose a course of action that is tailored for you. Should you not know where to start, these are excellent resources for advice and support: