Each of us has our own struggles that we must overcome and having help always makes a difference. Imagine having fever, you’re sure to get love and care from your family and when you call at the office, you can easily use a sick leave. After all, that’s what they’re for right?
If that’s the case though, then why is it that when we feel depression or anxiety at work we suck it up and make it through the week come what may? Why does discussing or accepting them in a professional setting make us feel ashamed? That’s a question to ponder. And, while the society has much to grow, so do each one of us.
Mental health and physical health are both equally important and for both of them you can ask for a sick leave. To help you break through these chains of social construct, here is list of things that are okay for you to do to take care of your mental health in a workplace.
Talk about How You Feel
It all begins with opening up a discussion. First off what you must do, is stop treating it as a weakness. You are a human after all and no superman. Talk to your manager or your colleagues, or whoever you find is supportive at your workplace, and discuss how you feel, especially if you’re in a leadership position. If that’s not an option, still make sure there’s someone you can talk to. It can be your partner, a family member or even a therapist. Talking helps and is the first step in getting back on the road to a healthy mind.
Make sure you take care of yourself physically like sleeping well, eating good food and staying hydrated. This all matters as it is directly linked to how you feel mentally. Take some time out to take a walk in a park and take proper lunch at a set time to give yourself a break from work. Drink plenty of water, but at the same time if you’re feeling down, stay clear of alcoholic drinks no matter if it’s a party and you’re getting tempted. Similarly, understand that others might do the same and refrain from passing judgment over the choices in food and drinks and just make them feel comfortable. After all you’d want the same, right?
Get in Touch With Friends
Humans are social animals and bonding is very important to us. Relationships are key, so make sure you’re working in a supportive team. While you don’t always get to choose who you work with, if it’s a bunch of toxic people, have mercy on yourself and see how you can minimize contact. It can really stress you out and if you’re someone who already has a couple of mental health related issues, it’ll only get difficult.
Also, make sure to take out time for your friends and family as hanging out with them can be therapeutic on its own.
Take a Break
Sometimes what you need is just time out. Change of scenery is always good for you, but if a vacation is out of the question, it’s the little things that can matter. Use your commute to read a book or listen to a podcast you’ll feel refreshed for sure. Also, take those sick days off to pamper yourself. It makes a ton of difference!
Do Something You’re Good At
Speaking of self-care, indulge in your hobbies and connect with yourself. Love painting? Grab a canvas. Enjoy exercising? Sign up with a gym. When you work at an office, don’t let it be your end. Don’t turn into another cog in the wheel. Treat yourself and do something you’re good at. You’ll feel better.
Use Tech to Heal Yourself
These days there are a ton of apps out there that can help you keep calm and navigate through your problems. ‘General Mental Health Apps’ for example uses Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help you deal with stress, anxiety and depression. A few other great ones include ‘Mood Kit’ and ‘Mind Shift’.
Close to you in your pocket as you go, these apps are sure to lighten your load. All you need is a good internet connection and you’re done. Just ring up Spectrum Dallas to get you started.
Accept Who You Are
Our last advice on the list is simple: accept who you are. Knowing who you are is half the battle. The second half is learning how to make the most of it. All of us have strengths and weaknesses and its ok, it’s about how we use each to our advantage that matters. Work on yourself and improve who you are but never out of shame or guilt. Take on this adventure positively.
Mental health is still not talked about enough and for most of us it’s not a major concern. Well, it is technically, but the idea that it’s not a legit illness has been ingrained so deep in our minds that we just don’t give it enough importance. And honestly, that just harms us more. And, when it comes to workplaces, it even more important. So, don’t let anyone take advantage of you and take care of your mental health so you remain happy and well!
If you’re in HR or a company wondering how you can help your employees, check out this article: What Does Behaviour Change Mean, And Why Should Businesses Pay Attention? Sure people should be concerned about their health, but companies benefit as well from ensuring their employees are in great shape mentally.