5 Tips to Manage Mental Health in the Workplace
As you juggle your hectic work schedule, taking care of yourself can feel like an impossible balancing act.
Let’s be real. Our society is obsessed with staying busy, and achieving impossible standards of perfection.
As a result, you may feel like you need to have it all together 24/7. But you don’t. In fact, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed, uneasy, and downright lost sometimes.
Admitting your humanity is the first step to manage your stress.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly one in five adults are living with a mental illness. Although you may not personally be affected, chances are you know someone that is. And no one is immune to experiencing stressful periods of anxiety, especially at work.
With the right tools and coping mechanisms to prioritize your goals, you have the power manage your mindset, no matter how many to-do’s keep getting added to your list.
Here are a few tips:
Keep a regular schedule: Create a realistic, structured day for yourself. The more control we have of our calendar, the less time we have to overthink. Entrepreneur shares a scheduled outline to optimize your daily schedule for maximum performance.
Distract and readdress: Finding balance in the workplace is crucial. It can be easy to fill your days with an overload of work. Don’t forget to distract yourself with other activities. This could include going for a run, reading a book or even practicing meditation. This will force you to take a step back, and when you are back in the workplace, you can perform to your highest potential.
Engage your support network: It can be easy to self-isolate yourself with work, especially while being remote. Reach out to the people around you for support even when you feel like you may not even need it. Don’t be afraid to connect with co-workers as well and plan fun virtual meet-ups at least once or twice a month.
Keep a journal: Writing down your thoughts is an amazing way to acknowledge what you are actually feeling. Whether you are feeling overwhelmed at work or home, take five minutes of your time and put those thoughts on paper. New York Times shares great insight and the tools you need to start your journal process.
Be a source for others: Controlling and focusing on your own mental health is extremely important. As a leader, others are always looking towards you for support. Offer your time and attention as well as a set of resources for anyone in need. Mental Health First Aid has a great set resources to recommend to others.