5 New Ways to Take Care of Your Mental Health at Work
Numerous corporate and business related research studies have shown that more and more workers are struggling with serious issues regarding their emotional wellbeing and mental health in the workplace. This increase in stress and anxiety could likely be due to the fact that the average workload has increased significantly in the last few decades. Gone are the days of a five day, forty-hour workweek.
Many companies require their employees to work longer hours and extended days, often times crossing over into their evenings and weekends.
It is more important than ever for employees, as well as their employers, to be certain that office morale is kept high, as the workplace continues to become a more competitive and sometimes cutthroat environment. Here are five new techniques for helping to achieve this goal.
Find Periodic Distractions
It has been proven that focusing on one task or project for too long can increase frustration and irritation with the subject. Going over the same paperwork or organizing a warehouse full of inventory for several straight hours can be a mind numbing experience.
This can be helped by taking little mental breaks throughout the day when you begin to feel the internal pressure building. Take a short walk outside of the office and try to look for things you’ve never noticed before, or have a conversation with a coworker about something unrelated to work, but still substantial. This will fully engage your brain on another topic, and can give your brain the disconnect it needs to refresh and regroup.
Keep Your Home and Personal Life in Order
Even though you may think what happens at home is separate from your work life, the fact is that if you are harboring frustration from problems outside of the workplace, your brain does not really care where you happen to be right at the moment.
The brain (as well as the body) only has so much stress management capability at any given time. If you are filling up your “stress bank” with issues from your personal life, it will leave you with little room for the inevitable daily obstacles you will face on the job.
Natural Supplements for Focus
We truly live in the golden age of natural health and wellness remedies, as well as alternative therapies to help balance our minds and bodies. Countless people are proclaiming the numerous benefits of natural focus supplements like CBD oil and flaxseeds. While raving about their effectiveness in reducing stress and anxiety, their levels of calm and relaxation are elevated.
Another unique method of dealing with the mental strain of a tough job is hypnotherapy. Its use among all age groups, especially younger professionals, is on the rise. Making this part of your stress management routine can help you cope with a number of issues such as sleep anxiety and insomnia, depression, vices and addictions. It can also help to relieve physical pain, which often times can contribute to a shorter fuse and quicker blowups when facing other challenges.
Talk About It!
In past generations, it was often considered “weak” to express one’s feelings or allow even the slightest bit of vulnerability to show. We have now learned just how backwards and outdated this type of thinking really is. Perhaps if there had been just a little bit more understanding, and less of an emphasis on who was the “toughest,” mental illness in and out of the workplace wouldn’t have such a negative stigma surrounding it.
Talking with a friend or trusted coworker about some issues that may be bothering can not only help in the sense of getting it off of your chest, it can also offer valuable insight from a different point of view that may help you better deal with or even eliminate the problem altogether.
Participate in Significant Activities Outside of Work
We have all heard this age-old advice for when we seem to be over-stressed or highly frustrated: “you need a hobby”. Well, there is actually quite a bit of truth to that saying. For one, reminding yourself that there is more to life than a computer screen or piece of machinery can go a long way to helping us realize that it’s just a job.
Getting involved in anything that you are passionate about will help to reduce stress and increase happiness simply by taking the time to enjoy it. Try a new type of fitness class at the gym (something that requires some effort to get the hang of) or a jog or hike in a new place. Something skill-based like cooking or a game is also a fantastic way to remind yourself that there are other significant things in the world.
Whatever you end up doing, just make sure that is something that not only helps take your mind off of work in the short term, but also provides a sense of enjoyment and pleasure that carries into the week. The bottom line is that no matter what you do for a living, there is no reason to let it have a damaging affect on your mental or emotional health. Your wellbeing is more important than any clock or project.
Article written by Madison Adams