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How to support your mental health in the workplace

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How to support your mental health in the workplace

For the majority of us, work is the focal point of our lives. It is where we spend most of our time, where we get our income and often where we make our lifelong friends. Having a fulfilling job, that you don’t dread waking up for every morning, can be good for your mental health and general wellbeing.  However if you’re mental health isn’t at it’s best right now, we have put together some tips on how to support yourself.

Talk about your feelings

Depending on your personality, talking about your feelings can be the easiest thing in the world or the hardest thing you will ever do. However, it can help to talk about them when you’re feeling troubled as you may find that others feel the same, and that can be very reassuring.

If you find it hard to talk to just anyone about your feelings, then you could try to identify someone who you feel comfortable with and who you think could be supportive. Think about when and where would be a good time for you to speak about it.

Keep active

Keeping up regular exercise can boost self-esteem and confidence. It can increase concentration as it will allow you to sleep better as you’ll be burning more energy. Experts say everybody should get at least thirty minutes exercise five days a week. This doesn’t mean you have to sign up to a gym and become a body builder; this could be walking on your lunch break or joining a local fitness club.

Eat well and drink sensibly

Maintaining a diet that is good for your physical health is also great for your mental health. Try to drink around eight-eleven glasses of water a day. If it’s inconvenient to keep getting up and filling your glass a fair few times, then buy a litre bottle and then you only have to fill it up around three times during the whole day.

Meal prepping is also a huge factor of being healthy. The night before you go to work prep a low carb meal for lunch and have fruit for breakfast. Also pack some light snacks such as carrots to snack on through the day.

Ask for help

We’re only human. We all get tired and sometimes overwhelmed with the workload we take on. But what you must remember is to ask for help if you feel yourself getting down because of it. Your first point of call would be to contact your GP; they may be able to refer you to a counsellor or can point in the right direction if you want to think about your decision.

Take a break

Taking a break can definitely help. If you are struggling at work and are really stressed, take yourself away into a quiet space and just sit for five to ten minutes. Also make sure that if your company offers mental health days, you take them! They can help you a lot more than you think.

Sleeping can also make you feel better. Set an alarm and sleep on your commute to work, or if you drive to work, sleep for a little while on your lunch break! Remember, the recommended amount of sleep for adults is eight hours.

Do something you’re good at

Maybe revisit a hobby you were good at in school? Running, arts and crafts, writing… anything! Or even just do tasks at work that you know you enjoy. Doing this will help you to feel good in yourself and help you to gain some confidence.

Can you think of any other tips that we may have missed? Drop them in the comments below!