We’ve all been there, when we don’t quite feel right and can’t quite explain why. For a lot of us, these feelings pass. But for some, they stick around. Whatever your trigger was or might be, we all have to be more conscious of mental health – especially at work.
To highlight the need for better awareness of mental health, we’re supporting Mental Health Week by giving you our top tips for maintaining mental health in the workplace.
Reclaim your lunch break and take breaks – Taking breaks during the day will help you manage stress and let you refocus and get a new perspective.
Leave work on time – Create boundaries between work and home – it makes a big difference to our wellbeing. We all put in extra hours, but this should be the exception, not the norm.
Start a to do list – Lists help you stay on top of your workload and you’ll feel less stressed. When your thoughts are down on paper, it’s easier to not think about work, after work.
Get outside for fresh air – Going outside can help separate your mind from your work and relax.
Communicate honestly – Honest communication is a great way to maintain our mental health at work. Find a respectful, sincere way to voice concerns and create a manageable working day.
Be active – Exercising has a positive impact on our mental health, and it can be easier than you think to fit it into your day.
Use your commute to start unwinding – Try cycling or get off a stop early to walk through a park. These little things help you switch off.
Listen to music – Whether you’ve got a headset, or a radio playing, music can take your mind off work for a few minutes and help you relax, while blocking out distractions.
Drink plenty of water during the day – Drinking water regularly throughout the day is a great way to be more mentally healthy. Water keeps our brain from struggling against dehydration, letting us think more clearly.
Sleep enough – Sleep lets our bodies repair themselves and our brains consolidate memories and process information. Poor sleep is linked to mental health problems like anxiety and depression.
It’s all about looking after yourself and the key is recognising that working longer doesn’t necessarily mean working better. You’ll actually be doing yourself a favour by taking a little break every hour or two to recharge your mental batteries.
We’re not one-dimensional creatures and the way we approach mental health shouldn’t be either.
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