To support Mental Health Awareness Week #MHAW18, we share tips on how we can cope with workplace stress. Considering how much time we spend at work, it’s not surprising that our jobs can have a significant impact on our mental health.
Support your Colleagues
Make an effort to speak to someone you wouldn’t normally. Ask how they are and really listen. Meet someone for coffee or send a kind email. Look out for each other.
Plan regular breaks
Make sure to take short breaks throughout the day to take a walk or chat to a friendly face or make yourself a cup of tea. Also try to get away from your desk or work station for lunch. It will help you relax and recharge and be more, not less, productive. Break times aren’t just about refreshments. When life gets too much, they provide the environment share how you’re feeling with someone you trust.
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Mental Health Sick Day
As attitudes continue to change towards mental health, some companies are starting to offer discretionary mental health sick days to allow staff to recuperate. The Mental Health Foundation, for example, offers staff three mental health days per year in addition to annual leave. We all need to take care of our mental health just as we would our physical health and accept it’s probably OK to take a mental health day.
In today’s digital world, it’s all too easy to feel pressure to be available 24 hours a day. Establish some work-life boundaries for yourself. That might include making a rule not to check emails from home in the evening, or not answering the phone during dinner.
Ask for support
Accepting help from trusted friends and family members can improve your ability to manage stress.
Your employer may also have stress management resources available through an employee assistance program (EAP), including online information, available counselling and referral to mental health professionals, if needed.
The Counselling Foundation partners with organisations to offer an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) to help reduce workplace stress and improve wellbeing through the provision of short term counselling for employees.
We can help employers work towards change and how they think and act about mental health in the workplace.