Whether you work with 10 people, 10,000 people or just yourself, paying attention to mental health in the workplace has never been more important. When it comes to mental health we need to #GetBritainTalking.
To put it simply, mental health is about how we think, feel and behave. Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health problems. They are often a reaction to a difficult life event, such as bereavement, but can also be caused by heavy workloads, lengthy commutes and bad relationships at work.
Released in 2017, The Stevenson/Farmer Review stressed the critical importance of helping employers to thrive at work.
However, clearly there still isn’t enough being done as figures show that 1 in 7 people are experiencing poor mental health due to work, or where work was a contributing factor.
We’ve compiled our top tips and helpful practises that can help you to safeguard your mental well-being at work.
Taking regular breaks is so important to aid mental health but also in order to achieve maximum productivity, boost morale and give your brain the rest it needs. Studies have shown that most full-time workers spend more than the typical 40 hours a week at work, and many employees don't even break for lunch anymore.
Even taking a 5-minute breather every couple of hours will give you the time to revaluate your goals and refocus your work. Sitting or standing for long periods of time can cause painful knots and tension and staring at a screen for too long can cause serious damage and strain to your eyes.
Try to ensure that you find a second to get up and stretch your legs, get the blood flowing around your body and give your eyes a break. There’s no doubt that returning to your desk you will feel refreshed, motivated and ready to crack on with the rest of your day.
Open up & ask for help
It can be difficult to suck up your pride and ask for help, whether this is about your work load or more personal matters. It’s commonly misconceived that asking for help is a sign of weakness, when in reality it is a sign of great strength. Hey, it means you’re self-aware and self-assured enough to know when it’s time to call in some reinforcements.
If you need some guidance, you have too much on your plate or maybe even you’ve made a mistake then finding the right person to open up to is one hundred percent the best step to solving the matter.
End the day with tomorrows to do list
This is a practise that has been tried and tested by the Dupree team first hand and has proven to be the master of organisation and managing stress levels.
At the end of every day, write down 3 manageable tasks that you want to achieve tomorrow. Rather than going into each day on a whim, using this tip allows you to finish and start each day feeling clear and focussed.
If mental health at work is something that you’re struggling with then remember, you’re not alone. If trying these techniques haven't helped and you don’t feel like there is a colleague, friend or family member that you can talk to, Mind and Time to Change have lots of useful resources.
Finally, for employers, looking out for your employee’s mental health is a fundamental part of your role. If you notice that an employee is struggling, then the NHS provides lengthy advice about simple and cost-effective workplace adjustments.