Use These 4 tips to Protect Your Mental Health in the Office

For World Mental Health Day in 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) chose the theme of Mental Health at the Workplace in hopes of raising awareness of mental health issues in the workplace.

As important as it is, work can be extremely detrimental to one’s mental wellness due to stressful, heavy workloads, long commutes and toxic work environments. While productivity in the workplace is important, often that not, employees place it above their  general mental health. Ironically, this then results in them being less productive as well as increased absenteeism in the office.

In fact, according to a recent survey, in Great Britain. Stress, depression and anxiety disorders accounted for the majority of days lost due to work-related ill health in 2017/18 – 15.4 million to be exact.

In light of this, it’s important to be conscious of tips that can help you protect your mental health in the workplace without jeopardizing office productivity.

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Take regular breaks

Sitting at a desk all day won’t only affect neurological health but it can also increase stress levels and affect both your motivation and creativity. Thus.  it’s important to take regular breaks as it will help you manage stress levels and even approach the task at hand with a fresh, new perspective.

Aside from going outside to enjoy your healthy, packed lunch, you can also choose read a chapter from your favourite book, listen to some music or even make a drink in the kitchen whilst chatting to colleagues.

Also, practicing breathing techniques will help in relieving work-related stress and anxiety.

Manage your hours

Sometimes we need to put it extra work hours to meet deadlines but of this becomes a common occurrence, then your mental well-being will take a toll.

Clocking in on time helps you make the most out of your day. However, if you start your day late then you’re simply being counterproductive as you’ll find yourself stressed, overworked and mentally drained.

It’s important to clock in as well as leave on time. Also, before your day ends, create a plan(to-do list) for the following day so that you can stay on top of your workload. This will also allow for you to enjoy your downtime without stressing about work.


Honest communication

Despite the various organizations attempting to raise awareness about mental health, the topic is still taboo in some settings – including the office.

While some may feel uncomfortable discussing their fears and emotions with their superiors, open and honest communication is at the core of a healthy mental state in the office.

Workloads, deadlines and other potentially toxic grievances  need to be addressed before both your mental health and productivity suffer. Moreover, by you sharing your feelings, management may start to take an active role in protecting the mental health of its other employees.

At the end of the day, no one will notice that there’s a problem unless you tell them.

Switch off

When you leave work, actually leave it at the office. While there are instances where your work can follow you home- an important wellness tip is to prevent it from spilling into your personal life.

Our personal lives provide an escape from the office yet if this escape is compromised, then our mental health is sure to suffer.

By taking note of the above-mentioned tip, you’ll be able to protect your mental and, in the long run, boost productivity.