The 10th October is World Mental Health Day and this year the theme is supporting workplace wellbeing. What can you do improve your mental wellbeing at work? Here are my five top tips.
Talk about it
If you are feeling overwhelmed at work or are struggling with difficult events at home, talk to your boss, colleagues, family and friends. Many people think that admitting to having a tough time is a sign of weakness. I see it as a sign of strength and assertiveness, that you are taking the time to look after your own needs, and hopefully by doing so you can make beneficial changes before things go too far.
Make sure you take breaks during the day when possible. Make a cup to tea, stretch your legs or catch up with a colleague. A change of scene will help you and make it easier to refocus when you get back to the task at hand.
When you leave work, really leave work behind. Set boundaries with what is acceptable for you and what is realistic. How about not replying to work emails until the following day? Allow yourself time to recharge. Let’s face it, life’s not predictable and there may well be times, when you need to adapt, but starting with clear boundaries will really help.
Look after yourself
Make sure that you eat and sleep well and find time for exercise. All three of these elements will help you feel better and keep your mood more level.
Be kind to yourself
Have realistic expectations of what you can achieve in the time available and learn to prioritise to make the most of the time. Show self-compassion towards yourself and remind yourself that you are doing the best you can in the circumstances.
Also, consider discussing flexible working. How about working from home sometimes to avoid a stressful commute or allow more time with family? Explain the situation to your boss and how this might benefit you.
If you are worried about your mental health, talk to your GP, who can help you get the support you need.
I'm a Personal Coach who loves finding out about what makes people tick and helping them to make the changes necessary to get to where they want to go so they can thrive.