Here are 8 useful tips on how to look after your mental health during work.
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1. Plan your workday the evening before
This doesn’t necessarily have to be done in the evening – you could do it ten minutes before you’re due to clock off.
Either way, preparing and organising your workday makes you more focused, productive, and reduces stress that can arise from the panic of disorganisation. Sure, you will be called into meetings at the last minute, or something could come up that requires your immediate attention, but they are situations outside of your control.
Take control of your working day by imposing a structure upon it the evening before.
2. Try not to make a habit of working late
Whether you love your job, or you’re snowed under with various deadlines looming over your shoulder, working into the twilight hours tips the scales of your work/life balance in the wrong direction.
It’s important for you to make time for friends, or get home in time to read your children a bedtime story – otherwise your work life could end up consuming your personal relationships and have a detrimental effect on your long-term happiness.
3. Use your holidays
However many days your company gives you for annual leave, take them. Having trips or holidays pencilled in the calendar gives you something to look forward to and work towards. Otherwise the thought of non-stop work could end up draining your mental energy and motivation.
4. Don’t let your work follow you home
Once you finish up for the day let all thoughts of work drain from your mind. They should only be reserved for your working hours.
Outside of work is your time; time to spend on hobbies, friends and family, or simply relaxation and winding down. Constantly worrying about work could increase your stress and anxiety levels, which in turn could have an adverse effect on your physical wellbeing, as well as your mental health.
5. Speak to your manager about any concerns you may have
Letting concerns build without addressing them is never a good idea. They could reach a boiling point where you end up saying something you regret and put your job in jeopardy. Instead of burying your frustrations, approach your manager or superior and address the problem directly with them.
6. Welcome feedback and constructive criticism
Opening yourself up to constructive criticism can be a great way of improving your performance and productivity. And when you feel yourself improving, you naturally develop a positive and satisfied mind-set.
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7. Make time for your colleagues
There’s nothing worse than being brushed off by someone who’s “too busy to help”. It can make you feel undervalued – particularly if all you’re looking for is a quick answer to a question.
Whenever a colleague asks for help or your opinion, try your utmost to offer some support. This might not always be possible; you might genuinely be too busy. But showing an eagerness to help will lead your colleagues to reciprocate the gesture when it’s your turn to ask.
8. Take advantage of any opportunity to develop your skills or knowledge
Learning a new skill, or improving the ones you currently have, works wonders for maintaining a positive and motivated outlook.
Staying in the same position and doing the same thing over and over again could lead to you feeling fed up, demotivated and resentful towards your work.
If you get the chance to go on a training course or seminar, by all means seize it. You may learn something that will build your experience and make you a more valuable employee.