So what can you do to protect your mental health in the workplace?
Sure, you must say yes to your boss. But saying yes to your colleague who always wants you to cover for them, yes to the office moaner who fills up your breaks with gossip, or yes to endless after work drinks when you actually want to get home and rest? Not so great.
No matter how lazy you feel, pushing yourself to leave the office at lunch, walking the long way to the cafe, and sitting in a park to eat your sandwich? Or walking around the block on your break? It will have a positive knock-on affect for the second half of your workday.
Also be wary of expecting one other person to always be your ‘go to’ when you are upset. It is a lot to ask of someone and can seriously strain relationships. If you don’t have a circle of support, consider counselling.
If too much is being asked of you in the workplace, speak up to the appropriate channels. Using calm, non-violent communication, explain to your manager or HR why you feel overwhelmed or how you feel your job description has been overstepped, and outline what you think would be helpful solutions.
7. Stop workplace bullying in its tracks.
It doesn’t matter if it is another colleague or even your boss. If you are in any way being belittled, harassed, or tormented, speak to human resources. Workplace bullying is a serious issue and needs to be treated as such.
9. Use the mental health services your workplace offers.
Ignored the free courses onwellbeing and mindfulness offered by HR? Not bothered with the mental health check each employee is entitled to at your workplace?
Mental health is as important as physical health, and a bit of prevention goes a long way. Just like you exercise and take vitamins for health, see mental health services as time well spent for the long-run.
10. Be honest if it really is your workplace that is the issue.
So it’s actually common that endlessly complaining about our jobs can be a way to hide the real issues in our lives. But if there are other issues, no amount of promotions or career change is going to make you feel better. You need to face up to what is really bothering you, and seek the support you need to find a working solution.
11. Get proper support.
Most workplaces provide insurance forcounselling and psychotherapy, which can do wonders for workplace stress. A talk therapist creates a supportive, judgement-free environment for you to find clarity on what is bothering you.Talk therapy helps you realise better ways to deal with your mental health issues, build resilience, and work towards career and life goals.
Don’t feel your workplace stress is ‘serious’ enough to go to counselling over? It’s a myth that therapy is just there for when we are ‘crazy’. The best time to go to counselling is when the stress starts. It means that breakdown never has to happen in the first place.
Time to seek some support for your mental health? Harley Therapy connects you with London’s top talk therapists in central locations. Not in London? Use our booking site to access registered UK therapists, and Skype therapists you can talk to from any country.
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