Mental Health – Finding That Work/Life Balance
Your mental health and finding that work/life balance is vital for maintaining a happy, healthy life. Are the below questions/thoughts familiar? The majority of people reading this have had these thoughts at least once in their lifetime. Your mental health is nothing to dismiss and it’s important to keep it in order; we know how stressful life can get so we have come up with some tips that will help to keep your mind in its best shape.
Why do I feel like this?
What is wrong with me?
Should I talk to someone?
1 in 6.8 people are currently experiencing mental health problems in the workplace.
These come in the form of anxiety, depression or stress.
This prevents people from performing and achieving to the best of their ability.
When people feel valued, the workplace naturally becomes more valuable because you have people who are motivated, driven and purposefully there. Companies perform better when their staff are healthy, happy and focused. Standing by your staff/coworker when they experience a mental health problem not only shows a person you care; it shows them how valuable they are to you and the company. When you achieve this relationship the benefits in terms of loyalty and commitment from all employees is irreplaceable.
Your mental health can be affected in a number of ways- it’s a rollercoaster of life that we are all on whether we like it or not. We can be up, we can be down, we can be going around in circles to the point where we get dizzy and we can also be climbing to our highest point to then get flung into a terrifying downward spiral.
A study from the University of Warwick, found that there was a 12% spike in employee productivity when employees were happy. The study also found that unhappy employees were 10% less productive in the workplace.
Tips to Achieve That Work/Life Balance:
1. Know your peaks and troughs:
If you are a morning person, assign tough, high-concentration tasks to the mornings. Don’t leave the tough tasks until its night-time and vice versa. Work with what works for you!
2. Exercise is your friend – not your enemy:
It’s easy to cancel the gym, your evening walk or run because of a stressful day at the office but that helps nobody – especially you! Exercise releases natural endorphins which help lower stress levels and increase your mood. A healthy body means a fresh and healthy mind, which means you will function better and complete tasks with less stress.
3. Allow yourself some “me” time:
Sometimes we let small things slip to the side and we bury ourselves in our work and ignore what’s going on around us. Don’t do it. If you don’t make time for your personal life – your “me” time, you will burn out.
4. Do what you love and love doing it:
Make time for something you love outside of work and give it the time it deserves. It will energize and refresh you, and help you gain that work/life balance.
5. Stop and Think:
At the end of each working day, ask yourself these few questions:
What worked today? what didn’t? what went wrong and how can the issue be fixed? Don’t forget to tap into your most valuable resources around you, your peers. Your peers are crucial to your work life, never be afraid to ask them for help if its needed, sometimes all a situation or problem needs is a fresh pair of eyes!
6. Mind Your Mind:
When fear, self-doubt or anxiety creep in, do some work on your mental health such as meditation, reading a book or taking time out for that lovely evening walk. Most importantly spend time with someone who supports you and influences your life in a positive way.
Remember to take a break, some time out throughout your day.
It’s ok to step away from your desk to take a minute breather and reflect on what is going on.
Always take your lunch breaks, you don’t expect your car to run on empty – why should you expect your mind and body to do it? Also, make a point of getting up and stretching every 15 minutes, even a quick little walk around the office. It will help you become clearer, more focused and more productive.
Now…. ask yourself this, is your job making you unhappy? Do you dread getting up every morning with the thoughts of going to work? If your answer is yes, then maybe it’s time for a change of environment, a fresh start. I know it’s easy to feel stuck, like you have no other choice but to stay in the job you’re in but I’m here to tell you that doesn’t have to be the case.
You are never stuck, there are so many opportunities out there for you. Here at Recruit Island our job is to find you a role that best suits you! We match the best candidates to the most suitable roles and provide our clients with the best candidates – it’s what we do best.
If you feel like you need a change, give us a call to have a chat about your future career options, we are always happy to help.
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