Whether they know it or not, up to 80% of people will experience a diagnosable mental health condition over the course of their lifetime. And it doesn’t discriminate – whether you’re an executive or part of the C-suite, mental health conditions can affect anyone.
To add fuel to the fire, the implementation of WFH measures have meant that many are having trouble drawing the line between work and home. This can lead to feelings of disconnection and isolation, and even exhaustion and depression (especially those with young children).
Hence, this instalment of our Mental Health Matters series will provide some tips on how you can look out for yourself and take care of your mental health.
1. Determine what causes your stress
Is it your workload? Your work environment? Personal or workplace relationships? Defining what causes stress for you is an essential first step that will set you on the path of knowing what to do to look after your mental wellbeing.
2. Self-care is important
Nobody understands you better than you. And only you know what you need to be the most productive and constructive at work. One suggestion for looking out for yourself to build short breaks into your work schedule which will enable you to gather your thoughts and refocus yourself on the things you want to accomplish for the day.
You could also approach your lunch hour differently. Instead of using it solely for having lunch, why not do a short workout or meditation session?
3. Don’t forget to stay connected
When you’re feeling stressed, it’s natural to want to retreat to your comfort zone. But staying isolated can actually make stress worse. Social activities, such as meals or coffee dates, can provide a much-needed break from work, help you connect with others, and make you feel more supported.
4. Practice empathy
The challenges of working from home affects everyone differently, and it always helps if someone can empathise with what you’re going through. This could mean simply asking a colleague how they’re coping with working from home, giving him or her an outlet to speak about any frustrations they’re facing. What’s more, these conversations can also help to build stronger bonds between colleagues.
Stay tuned for our final part of our Mental Health Matters series where we’ll be covering how you can speak up about your mental health.
This article was adapted from the original article published by Golden Equator People Experience Management Team