It is Mental Health Awareness
month and we want to emphasise how little things can go a long way in making
people feel better about themselves – we examine the importance of listening
A friend in need
If you are more of a listener than a talker, you've
probably been told on more than one occasion that you're a good friend.
When you take the time to listen you're giving the
other person your full attention, which is often all that is needed. But there
are other good reasons to stop and listen more.
Are you feeling down?
Pop in your ear phones during your lunch break and go
for a walk. Researchers found that listening to music can lift your mood.
The best type of music to listen to? One study found
those who listened to tunes that were ‘beautiful but sad’ noticed the greatest
improvement in their mood.
Need to focus?
If you're studying after work it can be very hard to concentrate.
Listening to the sound of birds singing could be the answer according to a
study. It works because birdsong has been shown to relax you physically and
stimulate your brain at the same time. Exactly the state of mind you need to be
You can try this out with an app called study
available free from the App Store and Google play.
Listening can play an important role in helping you
defuse tension at work. Most people appreciate having supportive and
understanding colleagues. Whether you're a manager or a team member others will
find great value in having a person around to actively listens and shows
Listening is a skill – here are some pointers.
- Pay attention – face the speaker and give them your
undivided attention. Don't look at your Watch phone or other people.
- Be attentive but relaxed - it's okay to look around
from time to time when you're while you're listening. Too much I contact can be
unnerving for the person doing the talking.
- Keep an open mind – listen without judgement or
jumping to conclusions.
- Don't interrupt or offer solutions – if someone wants
advice they last for it.
- Give regular feedback – nodding, smiling or using
words and sounds of encouragement will make the talker aware that you're
‘When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen’ – Ernest
Remember, Mayfair cares