Mental health is part of the success of a business and it influences our happiness. Bosses may think that their employees’ well being and mental health does not concern them, when in fact, communication and productivity are controlled by the way we think, feel and behave. If we are suffering from depression, anxiety and are struggling with personal difficulties – this can severely impact us at work. We may often find our symptoms can deteriorate as time progresses.
An employer taking the first steps to support employees with mental health could be the solution to improving employees’ wellbeing as well as the performance at work.
By taking action and promoting mental health, this could be the route to building resilience and mental strength. It is not the answer to all mental health problems, as there are other factors that can affect mental health, such as genetics, trauma, and life experiences that could impede our recovery.
However, by always holding yourself to high expectations at work and in your personal life, a detrimental effect can be caused. Common consequences are: burned out from stress, pressure or anxiety as you’re constantly chasing after this moving goalpost to please your employer or getting that promotion for a pay rise. Productivity and performance are likely to decline leading to many other difficulties such as anxiety and depression.
To break this unhelpful pattern of thinking and behaving, it is important to take time out to relax, take vacations, switch your phone off and refrain from checking emails out of hours. Develop hobbies or engage in activities you enjoy on evenings or weekends, spending time with loved ones and taking care of yourself. There are many inexpensive ways of relaxing. By consistently giving yourself space to recharge, you will notice the tension leaving your body and your anxiety decreasing. You will be able to think clearly and logically as opposed to panicking and making impulsive decisions.
If you’re struggling, speak up in confidence with your boss. Your mental health will deteriorate and can become more complex if the problem is not addressed. You may find your boss is supportive and helps you develop solutions when facing a difficult time.
Explore different options for improving mental health at work such as eating healthily, exercising and going for a walk on your lunch break.
Seeking help and going to a therapist should be equally important as going to a medical doctor. It is equally important to take care of your mental health as it also contributes to your physical health. A boss is in a privileged position to be your mentor and to help solve problems as well as manage a team.
Discuss varying options such as reducing your hours, working from home on some days and a flexible work schedule to attend therapy appointments.
Deshara Pariag MBACP
My Life Therapy Essex
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