The workplace is changing, and employers are much more aware of prioritising the mental health of their staff, and understand it is crucial for a happy and productive business. The pressures of work can get to us all at times, but it is crucial to understand and recognize that it is common to experience mental health issues at work, and that you are not alone when you are feeling down, anxious or depressed.
Remember to check in with your colleagues
For employers or key HR personnel, make sure you foster an open-door policy at your office. Make a point of asking how your work colleagues are or talk to them directly rather than emailing them. Ask them how their day is or offer to go for lunch for example
For employees, if you are feeling like work pressure is too much, it is vitally important to talk to your manager or a trusted work colleague. Don’t suffer in silence.
Exercise and team sports
Exercise is known for alleviating the pressures of life so go for a walk at lunch if the weather is nice, or perhaps organise a team sport event like a football or netball match for example. A group activity will also foster positivity at work amongst colleagues.
Before you leave for the day, make a do list for the next day. This will help you to structure your day to avoid feeling overwhelmed when you come in the next morning and to prepare you for the day.
Make sure you get a work/life balance
Try to wind down after work by listening to music, reading a book, or going to a fitness class. Avoid checking your emails in the evening and particularly try to avoid using your smartphone for an hour before you go to sleep, as you’ll be able to switch off more and get a better night’s sleep!
If you work in an environment where there are tight deadlines, and you find you are staying late often and are struggling to switch off, take the opportunity to discuss it with your line manager. If you feel the expectations are too high or unrealistic, or that the route cause is based on organisation problems and you are not able to talk to your manager then talk to your personnel department, trade union representative or other relevant members of staff.