20 Apr Looking after your mental health at work
For the vast majority of us, work is a considerable part of our lives.
Enjoying your job contributes to your mental health and well-being. Regulating your mental health helps increase productivity, performance and self-esteem. A toxic work environment can damage our confidence spiraling into much worse. We need to feel safe and nurtured in our work environment – And having a sense of purpose gives us the energy and drive to tackle greater challenges.
How to spot mental health issues and raise awareness?
When things change, chances are our mental health will too.
A few of the signs could be:
- Poor concentration – Becoming easily distracted.
- A change of attitude towards work – Struggling to make a decision, worrying more or finding it hard to stay motivated? Looking or feeling extra tired.
- Mood swings – Struggling to control your emotions. Sudden bursts of anger, tearfulness or irritability?
- A change in conversation – Talking more, very fast or skipping topics is common. Also, a reduction in talking as well as attending social events.
Should you notice any of these changes in a colleague or yourself, you MUST raise awareness. This will increase the chances of early intervention, which will lead to a faster recovery. No one is invincible so ask for help.
Reach out to someone you trust. This might be a line manager, co-worker, or boss. You can work together to create the best strategy to improve your occupational health. It’s always advised to speak to your GP about your mental health as this is specialist guidance. Your GP may consider medication, referral or time off work. Talking to your family and friends about changes is also key for support.
How mental health affects daily life and why it’s important
There are various mental health conditions which you can read more into via the Mind website. Mental illness affects your everyday life. Your thoughts, feelings and behavior. No one is alone with mental health issues – This is very important to mention! Whichever condition you might have, there are ways around your daily life to help improve your current situation, possible triggers and relationships. The first step is talking!
Our mental health also contributes to our decision making process, how we cope with stress and how we relate to others in our lives. Having employees at work with mental health issues has a direct impact on the business – they’re the front-line to your customers, your suppliers and amongst other workers. It’s important to act accordingly, promptly and appropriately. Seek guidance and always have best interests at heart.
Maintaining your mental health is vital to also maintaining your physical health. When you neglect one the other comes crumbling down. Your mind controls everything – quite literally everything about you! Ensuring this is in check helps to keep your well-being in control.
Where to get mental health help
There is some fantastic help online surrounding mental health, we’ve listed a few sites below:
- HSE aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health.
- Gov.uk is a reputable and reliable source of information.
- The NHS has various self-assessments.
- Mind is a mental health charity.
- Your GP.
Ensure you’re encouraging a healthy lifestyle and promoting well-being within the workplace. Talk about your feelings, promote a healthy and active lifestyle! For more on working from home, well-being and health, have a read here.