Running your own business comes with huge responsibilities and challenges, so it can be easy to forget to take the time to look after your health and wellbeing. Looking after your mental health and understanding how you can support others is incredibly important. It contributes to your overall wellbeing as well as the productivity and success of your business.  

Getting started with workplace wellness

Making time to focus on the wellbeing of yourself and your team has many benefits for your business. From learning a new skill to connecting with others, Sport England, ukactive and Mind share five simple ways to wellbeing.

Take notice

Reminding yourself to ‘take notice’ can strengthen and broaden awareness. Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your wellbeing and savouring ‘the moment’ can help to reaffirm your life priorities.

Get active

Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups and is essential for slowing age-related cognitive decline and for promoting wellbeing. Sport England's Active Employer toolkit is a fantastic starting point. 

Connect with others

Feeling close to and valued by other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world. Whether you get involved with team sports or attend a networking event, it’s a great opportunity to connect with others, make friends and be social.

Learn a new skill

Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life. You could try a new sport with a friend or boost your knowledge with our small business resources.


Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy. Research into promoting happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period is associated with increased wellbeing. Volunteering is a rewarding way to give back to your community. 

Supporting your team

Explore a range of articles and on-demand webinars designed to help you improve wellbeing in your small business, from getting active to financial wellbeing.

Cost of living: How employers can support staff and boost retention
Video Tue, 24 October 2023

Cost of living: How employers can support staff and boost retention

Blackhawk Network share key insights from the latest BHN Extras research alongside the expertise and experiences of industry panellists, to help SME’s best support their people.

Small Business Coffee Break – Wellbeing at Work
Video Thu, 15 June 2023

Small Business Coffee Break – Wellbeing at Work

Grab a coffee and join FSB and NESCAFÉ to find out about the importance of taking breaks at work. Explore how you can look after your wellbeing and discover top tips on working remotely to avoid isolation and loneliness.

Resilience…nature or nurture?
Video Thu, 04 May 2023

Resilience…nature or nurture?

During these tough times, learn how you can build resilience, cope with adversity and overcome self doubt so you can get the best out of you, and your business.

Seven simple ways to have an active work day
Article Fri, 07 January 2022

Seven simple ways to have an active work day

Discover how you can build physical activity into your day and encourage your team to do the same with top tips and practical advice from Sport England and ukactive.

Why physical activity is great for mental and physical wellbeing
Article Fri, 07 January 2022

Why physical activity is great for mental and physical wellbeing

Learn about the benefits of building physical activity into your day and how it can benefit your physical health and mental wellbeing.

Menopause in the workplace: Advice for employers
Article Wed, 06 October 2021

Menopause in the workplace: Advice for employers

Hannah Thomas, Employment Solicitor at FSB Employment Protection, explains the steps you can take to support your team and where you can access a template menopause policy for your workplace as an FSB member. 

Free Guide: How to support your staff to be active at work

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Going it alone doesn’t have to mean being alone

Running your own business isn’t always smooth sailing, but when you’re the boss, who can you turn to? As an FSB member, you can access services designed to support your wellbeing.

FSB pirkx

FSB pirkx

Wellbeing benefits designed for small business owners and the self-employed. Available for you and your team.

Events and Networking

Events and Networking

Want to connect with like-minded business owners? Join us at our free local networking events.

Further resources

Need more support? We’ve curated some additional resources that you can turn to for extra guidance and advice.


ACAS has advice for employers covering mental health at work, occupational health and more.


Mind 's mental Health at work guide offers advice and resources for small businesses.

Mental Health at Work

Find guidance and support designed for small businesses on the Mental Health at Work website.

Northern Ireland

Learn how you can support your team’s wellbeing with advice and information from NI Business Info.


The Scottish Association for Mental Health has dedicated resources for workplace wellbeing.


Access a range of wellbeing resources for businesses through Health Working Wales.

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