Have you ever taken a break to review your state of mental health at work? If not, today’s a great day to since it’s World Health Day. Take an inventory of your emotional, psychological and social well-being. If you’re not up to par in one more of those departments, here are a few tips to get you back to feeling at the top of your game while at work.
Up your Emotional Ante
Being emotionally aware at work will help you recognize when you should bring up certain topics, and who best to bring them up to. You will start to notice that some people are receptive and helpful to your queries, while others may be dismissive and not provide any support. Align yourself with those that are likely to be a positive influence and offer valuable advice. If you can zone in on what’s holding you back in certain areas, you’ll be able to work through issues and move forward. Don’t forget to fuel up throughout the day because being hangry at work will stress you out, and everyone around you! Come in well-rested too so you’re not in a slump and can stay focused during hour long meetings and fast-paced brainstorming sessions.
Talk it Out
Mood swings, low energy, and the inability to perform daily tasks are just a few of the early warning signs that your state of mental health may need a little TLC. The theme this year for World Health Day is “Depression: Let’s Talk.” Don’t hide in your cubicle and hope that things will work themselves out. Psychologically, you could be entering a danger zone. Try to actively turn yourself around back to a state of stability. Little by little, your self-esteem and confidence will be on the rebound. Go for a walking meeting to get some fresh air and raise your heart rate. Your HR person may be a good resource to turn to, since you probably aren’t the first person to enter their office with the same problems. They might be able to suggest ways for you to get back on track, or help you figure out who the best contact is within your health plan. When in doubt, talk it out.
Get Socially Savvy
Stay social at work to keep communication flowing freely with co-workers. Feeling like you must conquer everything on your own will make even minor tasks seem like an uphill battle. You don’t have to cope with all the stresses of life, and especially all the stresses of work, on your own. Seek out a confidante you feel like you can trust. If you ask, you’ll probably be surprised how willing others are to lend an ear or take on a bit of your workload. Or if you’re feeling stale at your job, like you’re not using your skills fully, jump in and help others who have a 10-foot-long to-do list. You’ll feel useful and appreciated, and you’ll start to shine and be more productive.
Remember to get enough sleep, stay physically active and help others! Don’t expect changes overnight, but little by little, your state of mental health will rise in the workplace, and everywhere else. Hang in there, you’ve got this!