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World Mental Health Day 2018 – Managing mental health in the workplace

Posted by: Daniel Ward
10/10/18

For most of us work is a major part of our lives and it is where we spend much of our time, where we get our income and often where we make our friends. No matter how good we are at our jobs there are going to be times when it causes us extra stress and worry. Today we are helping to raise awareness for World Mental Health Day 2018, by sharing some thoughts on how you can maintain a healthy work-life-balance and improve or maintain your mental health at work.

How do I recognise a mental health problem?
At work, you might feel more tired than usual, make uncharacteristic mistakes or find it hard to motivate yourself, your timekeeping might slip, or you feel short tempered. You can take steps to improve your mental health and feel able to cope with problems.

Looking after your mental health at work
Self-care is a skill that needs to be practised. It isn’t easy, especially when you feel anxious, depressed or have low self-esteem. We have put together some simple tips, to help you improve your mental health

1. Stay active
Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and can help you concentrate, sleep, and look and feel better. Experts say that most people should do about 30 minutes’ exercise at least five days a week. Try to make physical activity that you enjoy a part of your day. 

2. Good nutrition
What we eat can affect how we feel both immediately and in the longer term. A diet that is good for your physical health is also good for your mental health. It can be hard to keep up a healthy pattern of eating at work so make sure you eat regularly and drink plenty of water. 

3. Drink in moderation
We often drink alcohol to change our mood. Some people drink to deal with fear or loneliness, but the effect is only temporary and can make work your work day more stressful and tiring.

4. Keep talking
Doing so can help you maintain your mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled. It is not a sign of weakness, it is an important part of taking charge of your wellbeing and doing what you can to stay healthy.

5. Maintain relationships
Working in a supportive team is hugely important for your mental health at work. Try and maintain important friendships and family relationships, even when work is stressful. It is important to remember that a good work–life balance is important!  Experts now believe that loneliness may be as bad for our health as smoking or obesity.

6. Ask for help
Don’t be a hero, you will get tired or overwhelmed by how we feel or when things don’t go to plan from time-to-time. Check to see if your employer has an employee assistance programme. These services are confidential and can be accessed free and without work finding out. 

7. Take a break
A change of scene or pace is good will help improve your mental health. Take a five-minute break from what you are doing, read a book or listen to a podcast during your commute to help you relax, take your lunch break at work. A few minutes can be enough to de-stress you. Give yourself some 'me time'. 

8. Do something enjoyable
Enjoying yourself can help beat stress. Doing an activity, you enjoy probably means you’re good at it, and achieving something boosts your self-esteem.  If possible, plan your workload to include tasks you know you are good at, as well as those tasks that you know will be difficult or stressful. 

9. Be yourself
Accept that you're unique rather than trying to be like someone else. Feeling good about yourself boosts your confidence to learn new skills, visit new places and make new friends. Good self-esteem helps you cope when life takes a difficult turn.

10. Get some perspective
This is an important way of keeping up relationships with people close to you. Helping, can make you feel needed and valued, and can boost your self-esteem. Volunteering can be hugely rewarding and help you to put your own problems into perspective. 

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