The importance of understanding our mental health is becoming increasingly widely known. Over the years, mental health had some level of taboo attached to it. It was something that few of us talked about and, consequently, something that many of us didn’t understand too well. However, thanks to rapid developments in medicine and technology, we’re growing to know that mental health conditions are relatively common and we’re growing to understand that it’s okay to talk about mental health and to start prioritising mental health. Now, many things can impact your mental health, but many people report that something that puts strain on mental wellbeing can be work. This is understandable. Many of us work eight hours a day, five days a week, and we can find that work puts pressure and strain on us. It’s important that you manage your mental health at work, so here are a few steps you can take to achieve this.
Consider Your Role In The Workplace
Start out by considering your role. Are you happy in it? Does it help you feel fulfilled? Do you like the people you work with? Are you given sufficient responsibility without being overworked? Do you enjoy the field you work in? Are you actually interested or invested in it? Answering these questions can help you to determine whether your job is well fitted to you. If you find the answer is yes, great! Keep progressing in this role and industry. However, if you find that you really don’t like your job, it may be time to progress to a different position. A career change can provide you with more daily satisfaction. If you want to work in a different industry, look into what training or educational qualifications you’ll need to make the jump. If you want more control over your own work, consider freelancing or setting up your own business and consult business advisers.
Ask for Support
If you find that you’re struggling in your workplace, it’s important that you know there are sources of support out there and you should make use of them. A good place to start is with your line manager. You should let them know if you’re experiencing difficulties or struggling. They can then raise the issue and provide solutions. If you feel like you can’t talk to your line manager, you can contact your company’s HR department, who will be able to listen and deal with your problems in a confidential way.
Take a Break
If you’re really struggling, consider taking a break. By booking some annual leave and getting away from your workplace for a short time, you may be able to reset and recuperate. If you need more time off, consult your doctor who can assess your condition and who may recommend time for rest and recovery.
These are just a few basic steps you can take to help yourself lead a healthy and happy worklife. For further information, there’s plenty of support out there, from helplines to charities and more!
*This is a contributed post
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