Given that we spend the majority of our week in work, it is important to look after our mental health in a working environment. A Mental Health Insights Survey found that while the majority of Irish people feel they maintain a good work-life balance, work was still a commonly cited aspect impacting on mental health and wellbeing (Mental Health Ireland, 2018).
Checking off your work to-do lists in your head is an everyday thing, but how often do you check in with yourself and measure your own mental health? Being mindful of your mental health in the workplace can improve focus, concentration and performance.
Quick Tips for minding your mental health at work
- Stay hydrated
Try not to rely on coffee beyond a morning pick me up! Side effects of caffeine include headaches and increase feelings of anxiety. Drinking caffeine throughout the day also disrupts sleep at night, which in turn will make you feel more tired the following day in work. Try to fill up on water & stay hydrated.
- Make a list
Make a list of all your tasks or activities and tag them based on importance or deadline dates so you can better manage your time. Being organised can significantly help reduce your stress levels.
- Focus on doing one thing at a time
Regardless of how busy you are you can only do one thing at a time. Instead of stressing about the long to-do list try to focus on the task at hand – if you clear your mind you will usually complete it quicker and be able to move on to the next one.
- Reclaim your breaks
Make the most of your breaks and take time away from your work space. Get outside for fresh air – you could invite some colleagues to come along with you. This will help you get re-energised for the rest of your working day.
- Set Realistic Deadlines
Being a Yes person can be a truly positive thing but be mindful to make sure you don’t take on too much or take on a task that have an impracticable deadline. Know your limits!
- Take your Holiday Leave
Taking time away from work to relax, unwind and do the things you enjoy is so important. A simple change or scenery or break from your everyday stresses can help you recharge.
- Work better, not longer
Getting the right work-life balance is an effective way of avoiding stress at work. Working long hours can take a toll on your energy. You need time for yourself and your family. It’s important to create clear boundaries between work and home.
- Ask for help
Talk with a colleague, your manager or HR if you feel stressed in work. Feeling overwhelmed or assuming problems will go away can make things worse in the long run. It may be difficult but talking and asking for help is a sign of strength and can make a real difference.
Here at Asystec our employees have access to Laya Healthcare 24/7 Mental Wellbeing Support Programme for free confidential advice at any time.
Tara Charley | Asystec HR Manager