Libby McCaughey
about 1 month ago by Libby McCaughey

Mental Health at Work

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Mental health has become one of the biggest challenges for employees and employers. As many workers struggle to manage an evolving work dynamic amid a global pandemic, organisations must prioritise mental health to avoid a decline in productivity and prevent burnout.

Working from home seemed like the ultimate work-life balance however many spread themselves too thin. More than half say they are working more hours per week than before. Even more shockingly 85% of people say their mental health issues at work negatively affect their home life. There is a silver lining.  

Despite the bumps in the road, people have warmed up to the idea of working remotely for the rest of their careers. In fact, 6 in 10 say they find remote work more appealing now than they did before the pandemic.  

The key for employers is to help their workforce find balance, create boundaries between their work and personal time, and get support when it all feels overwhelming. Employees are looking for ways to cope as their mental health issues are impacting other areas of their lives.

While we don’t know when the COVID-19 pandemic will end, its repercussions may affect the nature of work for the long term. This includes the mental health aspects of remote work. It is an issue that isn’t going away and should not go ignored by organisations that wish to stay competitive.

Left unchecked, mental health issues at work can have a huge impact on both employees’ personal and professional lives.

Stress and anxiety are normal, especially in these uncertain times. It’s what we do about it that matters. There are various steps you can take to cope with being under pressure, remember, different things work for different people.

Identify your triggers and take control – working out what triggers your stress can help you anticipate when you may feel stressed and what you could do about it in advance.

Organise your time – making some adjustments to the way you organise your time can help you feel more in control and able to handle the pressure you are feeling.

Be active – exercise can help clear your head and then let you deal with your problems more calmly. Go outside to exercise, as fresh air and spending time in nature can really help.

Talk to other people – friends, family and colleagues can help support you through the stress you are feeling, you may even have a laugh and start to relax. You may also want to consider talking to a professional counsellor.

Do something you enjoy - spending time doing something you enjoy will take your mind off how you are feeling. Everyone needs to take time for themselves, it can be as simple as having a bath or reading a book.

Avoid unhealthy ways to cope – many people use alcohol, smoking, chocolate and gambling to try and relieve the stress they are feeling, none of these things will help in the long term, use healthy coping strategies like going for a run, listening to music or walking the dog.

Challenge yourself – learning new skills and setting yourself new goals will help build your confidence and make you feel good about yourself.

Help others – people who volunteer in the community or for a worthwhile cause tend to be more resilient.

Try to be positive – think of all the things you are grateful for, write down or say out loud 3 things that went well each day.

Address some of the causes – where possible improve some of the issues that are putting pressure on you.

Accept the things you can’t change – it’s not easy, but accepting that there are some things happening to you that you can’t do anything about will help you focus your time and energy elsewhere.

 

If you’re struggling with your mental health, help is available –

Samaritans

Mind

Shout

 

Information sourced from Oracle

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