What can you do to have better mental health at work?

Some business leaders place a lower importance on their employees’ mental health than others. The epidemic, on the other hand, has heightened the importance of mental health. While noble efforts like social isolation can help people stay physically healthy, they can also cause mental health issues in some circumstances. Loneliness is exacerbated by isolation. As we take on new roles, stress mounts as many businesses and services close or change their operations. There’s also the possibility of contracting COVID-19.

Employers gain a lot from assisting people and prioritizing mental health and wellbeing. One of the most significant actions an employer can take to enhance an employee’s mental health, as well as the health of the entire organization, is to assist them in improving their mental health.

As a result, try to make some adjustments. Don’t make a big issue out of talking about mental health. Talk about it as though you were talking about a bad back or hay fever. Inquire about your employees’ well-being. Remove the stigma. And you could do the same. Admitting your issues doesn’t make you look weak. Pay attention to what your staff have to say. It’s not enough to simply listen; you must also listen well. Listen to your employees if you want to establish an environment where they feel heard, appreciated, and cared for.

Leaders frequently believe that handling difficult situations and overcoming complex difficulties is the key to success. However, because people dislike being “fixed,” we would not endorse this strategy. Rather than being a resource yourself, you want to be a link to one. If someone says they’re having trouble, say something like, “How can I help you without going too far?” or “Let’s talk about the resources we have here and what else you might need.”

Company culture should be used to reinforce the approach to take with your staff. Remove the elephant from the room. At work, don’t be reluctant to discuss stress, sadness, anxiety, or other mental health issues. Make it obvious that staying mentally healthy is a challenge for everyone at times.

When workloads are high and deadlines loom, it can be tempting to skip a proper lunch break. Make sure your employees, however, take breaks away from their desks. Regular breaks, wherever possible, assist employees de-stress and refocus. Taking lunch breaks, according to study, can help you enhance productivity, improve your wellness, raise your creativity, and decrease stress at work. Beyond breaks, emphasize healthful activities, such as going for a stroll, exercising, and socializing with coworkers.

One of the most difficult aspects of working from home, in my opinion, is that it eliminates all of the typical structure that used to exist in our days. Whether we were travelling by train, driving, walking to work, eating lunch with coworkers, or having drinks after work, the time we spent away from our desks was extremely beneficial to our productivity.

It may seem counterintuitive, but applauding employees who work late or arrive early could backfire. In the long term, expecting people to work from home in the evenings affects both your company and them. Productivity will suffer if there isn’t a healthy work-life balance, and people will be more likely to burn out.

Encourage staff to take vacations or holidays on a regular basis. Make sure they unplug and turn off the lights in the office. When your employees have a good life outside of work, it will reflect in their work attitude.

Management training should encompass more than just how to make money; it should also include how to get the most out of your employees. You’ll need mutual respect, understanding, and happiness to accomplish so. Support line managers and agree that information should be kept private, but their health must come first. Employees who actively desire to help with mental health issues are valuable assets to firms. It’s likely that they’ve had their own life experiences that have prepared them to be a reliable and empathetic support system.

So what can you do on a personal front?

Do detox from your phone. This is one of the most difficult, but also most effective, things you can do to improve your mental health and work-life balance. It’s understandable that throughout the pandemic, we’ve grown increasingly reliant on our smartphones. With so much unknown in the world, and having been cut off from many of the typical activities of our social lives, our phones have become our lifelines, connecting us to friends and family, as well as crucial news. Overuse of smartphones, though, may not be the best thing for mental health, even if we’re interacting with valuable content or making relationships that should make us happy.

Check out my related post: How to make social media addictive?

We’ve all experienced how tough it is to establish limits at work. This is especially difficult if you are just starting out in your career or if you are new to your present work or organization. We all want to do a good job and demonstrate to our coworkers and bosses that we are capable and thrive in our jobs.

However, we often conflate the need to demonstrate that we are committed and diligent with the need to say “yes” all of the time. This may take different forms for different people. Perhaps you’re taking on too many initiatives and squandering your energy and time. Maybe you’ve made yourself too available by promising to respond to a business email as soon as possible, no matter what time of day or night it’s sent. If you’re having trouble setting appropriate limits, it’s time to start saying “no.” Now comes the tricky part: learning how to say “no!” without being too rude. Do you want to join me?

Take a walk! It’s possible that walking without a destination will boost your productivity even more. Another study discovered that walking at your normal pace, rather than trying to get to the morning meeting on time, allows your brain to free up more resources for cognitive processing and thinking. There are various methods to build a routine that sets more defined boundaries between work and life, other than taking a walk to get oneself active and mentally prepared for work.

Check out my related post: What is doomscrolling?


Interesting reads:

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/how-to-be-mentally-healthy-at-work/work-and-mental-health/

https://www.adp.ca/en/resources/articles-and-insights/articles/6/6-ways-to-improve-mental-health-in-the-workplace.aspx

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashleystahl/2021/02/15/5-ways-to-prioritize-your-mental-health-and-achieve-work-life-balance/

https://www.learnhowtobecome.org/career-resource-center/mental-health-at-work/

https://hbr.org/2020/08/8-ways-managers-can-support-employees-mental-health

https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/healthcare-systems-and-services/our-insights/how-employers-can-improve-their-approach-to-mental-health-at-work

https://www.verywellmind.com/how-do-i-know-if-my-mental-health-is-improving-5199596

https://www.wmhi.com.au/education/mental-health-month-activities/

https://yourwellspace.com/how-can-employers-improve-mental-health-at-work/

https://blog.accessperks.com/20-ways-to-improve-mental-health-in-the-workplace

https://wheniwork.com/blog/mental-health-in-the-workplace

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