Mental Health

Mandy Kloppers

5 Ways To Maintain Your Mental Health at Work

Sometimes work can bring you down. Whether you’re full or part-time, working remotely or in person, sometimes your mental health can take a dip. Luckily, there are things that you can do for yourself to maintain your mental health in your work environment.

  1. Focus On Your Role and Don’t Ignore Stress

You probably have a clearly defined role at work, even if your duties might shift from day to day. It might be a stressful role. If you are in sales operations, for instance, you might be struggling to develop a plan for a new product that will yield a big ROI. Remember that there is a solution and it will come to you with focus. Accomplishing your daily tasks will help to alleviate stress, as will confronting any issues that come up regarding those tasks.

If somebody is trying to push more work on you, think carefully about whether or not you want to take it on and understand that it is quite reasonable to pass. If the work you have is causing you stress, discuss it with your supervisor. By speaking up, you’re less likely to bottle up feelings of angst and stress and more likely to have better focus.

  1. Don’t Eschew Nutrition

Have you ever worked through lunch? It can be easy to get overwhelmed by your work at times and to lose track of your own basic needs, like eating and drinking. It might not seem like a big deal until you consider that taking time to eat and maintain your hydration is the very thing that’ll give you the energy that your body and mind need to focus.

  1. Be a Positive Thinker

There are different ways of looking at things and your mood largely determines this. Consider how you feel on Monday mornings versus how you feel on Friday afternoons. Circumstances often dictate mood until you learn that you have the power within you to harness positivity and inner peace. Mindfulness is a kind of meditation technique that many people use throughout the day to maintain positivity and there are apps out there that make it easy to practice.

  1. Demonstrate Kindness

At some point or other, everybody feels work stress. Some people handle it more appropriately than others. Despite experiencing a tough day, you have the power to do one of the simplest things in life, which is to be kind. When you show others kindness, your own mood improves because it’s linked to feelings of happiness. This could be saying good morning or popping in on a colleague to ask how they’re doing. You’ll also develop a reputation among your colleagues as someone who maintains an even keel, despite whatever rough seas surround you.

  1. Leave Work at the Office

By dwelling on your work-life when you’re at home, you’re probably not recharging your batteries as you should. You need to establish a clear line of demarcation between the two. Time away from a problem or issue will help you to gain perspective on it and while you’re not thinking about work, you can be thinking about your family, your hobbies or your night out on the town. Make it a point to avoid checking email or replying to texts when you’re at home so that you can further develop the distance between you and work. Even if the worry comes back on the way to work, you’ll bring a fresh attitude to bear on things.

You should never sacrifice your mental health for your work. It’s just not an even trade. As you likely need to work, your best bet is to be mindful of your thoughts and feelings while you’re on the job. Take the time to focus on your needs so that the needs of your employer can be met, but not at the expense of your mental health.