How to Manage Mental Health in the Workplace
When you suffer from a mental health condition such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, OCD, or anything else, it can be hard to enjoy work and be productive. This could be linked to the condition itself, but it might also simply be because you are worried about how your colleagues and your employer will react to your illness.
This should not put you off gaining employment. Work is important not just for money but also for self-confidence, and it gives you something to concentrate and focus on rather than your mental health so that it can be good for you. However, hiding your mental health issues at work is not a good idea. Here are some ideas on how to manage your mental health in the workplace.
Talk About It
Your first instinct might be to hide your mental health issues from your colleagues and not to tell your boss about it. However, it is far better to let people know; they will be able to understand you a lot better and may even be able to help. Your colleagues will also be more careful of the duties they ask you to perform if they know what might trigger your condition. This will make your life much easier and will make the workplace a better place to be.
You don’t have to be specific about your condition. You don’t even have to name it, and you certainly don’t have to give a reason for it (assuming you even know the reason). You must let people know that you have a mental illness, and that’s it.
Switch Off After Work
To preserve your mental health, you should try to switch off after work as much as possible. Having a good work-life balance is so important for everyone’s happiness, but for those with mental health issues, it is even more important. So, when you leave work, don’t keep checking your emails and texts, and – unless it is very important, and you have no choice – don’t continue your work at home.
Read through your contract carefully to ensure that you’re not signing up for something that will require you to do any of this as part of your job; that’s not the job for you if this is the case. Leaving your work at work and concentrating on your own life when you’re not is crucial.
Wellbeing in The Workplace
When you are discussing your mental health with your employer or line manager, why not come up with some ideas that will help you, but that will also help everyone in the office too? Make suggestions of what would make the working environment a better one – it could be as simple as changing the office furniture around so that everyone has a view out of the window, or it might be something like creating an attractive break room where people can go if they need to step away from work for a few minutes.
Helping your manager to help you will enable the rest of the office to have better mental health too.
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