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Maintaining Mental Health At Work

December 9, 2017 Health and Wellness No Comments Email Email

Mental health is becoming more and more of a widely known and understood issue in the world. Gone are the days when the mention of having depression made you seem like a dangerous person to be around: people are much more understanding these days and everyone understands that mental illness is a disease, not a choice.

It is perhaps the most important that you find a way to balance your mental health during work time. We spend a huge chunk of our time at work every week, and because of this we need to find ways to keep our mind healthy during this time. It can be increasingly difficult if you are working in a job which you don’t particularly like: but there are ways you can make the whole process much easier to handle.

Have something to look forward to

It can be difficult for people who suffer with anxiety or depression to cope with long stints at work without a break. This is why it is crucial that you make sure you have regular holidays away from work and things to look forward to at the end of the week. If you can, try to book at least one day off work each month. It will mean that when you are in work, you will never have longer than 4-5 weeks before having a small break. This small thing can make a huge difference to your mindset in work because you won’t feel trapped in the same routine for too long at any one time. If you can’t book a day off each month, make sure you have something to look forward to at the end of the week. For example it could be a trip to the cinema, a dinner date with friends or even a bottle of wine and a movie. It doesn’t matter how big or small, just make sure you have something to look forward to all the time.

A lunchtime picnic

If you are lucky enough to have a grassy area or a park near work, why not arrange a picnic with your colleagues on a sunny day? Raid the vending machines for snacks and buy some ice lollies, and sit out in the park for an hour soaking up the sun. It will be fun for everyone and break up your working day.

A group activity

If you are starting to feel disconnected from the rest of the office, why not approach the manage and suggest a group activity? Doing activities as a team can build motivation and improve relationships: so taking an afternoon at the end of the month to go out and do something will be good for everyone. You could play a game of football, go for a walk or even for a lunch date.

Challenge Yourself

The worst feeling in the world is boredom. Boredom creates a lack of motivation which can spread to your mind and you end up having no energy to do anything other than work, eat and sleep. To pull yourself out of this stupure, challenge yourself with a new hobby or a physical activity. For example you could train for a marathon, join a team in your local area or even start writing a book. Keep yourself occupied while you are out of work to keep that brain alive and buzzing with ideas.

Listen to music

Sometimes in work, all you need to do is stick your headphones in and listen to happy music. It might sound corny but actually, listening to upbeat and motivational music can make a massive difference to your state of mind and help you concentrate on the task at hand. If you feel like you are lacking motivation or you keep getting distracted by other people; pop in your headphones and get on with the day. You will end up getting more work done and the time will fly by.

The work-life balance

The most crucial thing to remember is that work is just work; it isn’t your life. Unless you run a business yourself, you shouldn’t be thinking about work the moment you leave the building. This is something many people struggle with and it is one of the biggest causes of stress related illnesses in the professional world. Once you have left work, leave work behind. Go home, have your dinner and relax with your family. They are the ones who matter, so make sure you take the time out of your day to be with them.

If you work from home or have an office space- make sure it is separate from the rest of your house. The key is to be able to finish work, close the door on your office and enter your home life.

Write lists

When you have finished work for the day, make sure you take 5 minutes to write down everything you need to for the next day. It is so important to have a to do list when you are working because it gives you a place to start and allows you to truly focus on work as soon as you enter the building. Not having a to do list can waste time because you will be spending the morning trying to remember where you left off the day before.

Commute in peace

If you don’t have a car, the commute to and from work can be much longer and more stressful. However, try and bring a book with your or listen to music on your commute to stay calm and relaxed. Use this time to wind yourself up for the day ahead, and wind down after the day is over.

Ask for help

If you feel that everything is getting on top of you, don’t sit in silence. Ask your employer for help. They could offer a guide to compare private health insurance for your mental state, they may offer you a separate workstation to help you feel more comfortable in work, or they could offer you a day off to regroup. Let your employer help you because that’s what they are there for.

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