Mental health at work can be a bit of a tricky topic. Up there with the likes of Brexit, general politics and what the correct pronunciation of ‘scone’ is, chatting about wellbeing with colleagues isn’t the easiest task in the world.
However, as the general attitude towards mental health seems to be shifting for the better (see MQ’s ‘We Swear’ campaign), at Mustard we think it’s time to tackle wellbeing at work head on. Here are a few top tips:
So little time so much to do?
When we’re super busy at work we can often end up feeling super stressed, but it’s also important to remember that if we’re not busy enough it can also detrimentally impact our mental health.
Emma Mamo, head of workplace wellbeing at Mind, states that not being busy enough is a common trigger for poor mental health: “Remember that not having enough work, activities or change in your life can be just as stressful a situation as having too much to deal with.”
If you’re finding your workload a little unbalanced, speak to your manager about either taking on new responsibilities or cutting down on your current ones. Don’t suffer in silence!
Curiosity is a feeling that usually depletes when you’re feeling down. However, experiencing new things and meeting new people is integral to self-worth, so it’s definitely worth pushing yourself out of your comfort zone!
If you’re not feeling challenged enough at work then join some after work clubs, reading groups or even learn a new language (though us Brits are notoriously shoddy at that). Curiosity, after all, didn’t really kill the cat.
A helping hand
Sometimes promoting our own happiness means offering a helping hand to those around us. Now we’re not suggesting you turn into Mother Teresa, but complimenting a colleague, going out of your way to help a team member or bringing in a cake to work (don’t worry, it can be shop bought) can really make you feel good about yourself.
Plus, this sort of thing is often a two way street and friends and colleagues will be more likely help you out too!
The UK Samaritans number is 116 123 – call for confidential support