With statistics revealing that 4 out of 10 British workers have suffered from mental health issues in the workplace, it’s more important than ever for working professionals to consider ways that they can manage their mental health at work.
If you have a high-pressure, busy job, read on for some suggestions about how to manage your time and keep your mental state in check to ensure that your working capability doesn’t slip.
Consider what your triggers are
Everybody is different and has certain things that can set them off and bring on feelings of anxiety and stress.
If you want to manage this effectively at work, it’s important to work out exactly what it is that elicits negative emotions for you.
The triggers could be problems with certain jobs at work or clients that you have to deal with on a regular basis, or they may be one-off events like presenting ideas to your managers at monthly meetings.
Once you work out what you’re up against, it will be easier to come up with resolutions.
Talk about your problems
While some find the idea of opening up about personal problems daunting, doing so can lift some of the weight off your shoulders and is likely to reduce your stress levels instantly.
Luckily, the discourse surrounding mental health and wellness is broadening, meaning people are becoming much more comfortable discussing what is bothering them.
Share your problems with a co-worker that you trust or wait until you get home to unload onto a loved one. You never know, someone else might have a solution to your problems that you’d never even considered.
Take care of yourself outside of work
We all know about the physical benefits of a healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise, but these things can also boost your mental wellness.
Consider walking or running outside after work, especially if you spend most of your day inside an office.
Ensuring that you get your full eight hours sleep will also make you feel much more mentally prepared for work.
With business owners under increased pressure thanks to an unstable economy, it’s not uncommon for people to take their work home with them and continue to get on with tasks in their spare time.
While it can be tempting to do this, especially if you are failing behind, remember to try and switch off for at least a couple of hours and do something that you enjoy each evening.
Give yourself a break
It’s easy to beat yourself up if you’ve had a bad work week but it’s important that you don’t give yourself too much of a hard time.
Try writing down a list of five things that are going well at the moment, which should give you the positive boost you need.