Workplace mental health or mental health generally has become much like a buzzword in recent times. There has been a lot of campaigns and awareness to de-stigmatize mental health especially in the workplace.
Mental health, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) is the state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.
Basically, workplace mental health is your ability to cope with the demands of your work environment and work productively to make a useful contribution to your team and organisation.
A recent study revealed that 22 per cent of Nigerians are chronically depressed. Being in a great state of workplace mental health is good for your performance, your coworkers, entire work environment and most importantly, your career. Here are some things you should pay attention to while managing your workplace mental health.
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A career is not a destination but a continuous journey and each route on this journey comes with its own dynamics. What are your job expectations? Learning how to manage expectations and not to be broken down by them, is one of the only ways you are able to build an amazing career eventually.
Even after giving your best and extra hours, some things cannot be done within certain time frames, recognise and respect this. Ask for more time where possible. While it is also important to manage expectations from coworkers or bosses, you also need to manage expectations from yourself on your performance, how you expect people to treat you at work versus how they actually do treat you.
Talking about your mental health and speaking up is highly encouraged by professionals in this field. It’s most advisable to speak to mental health professionals who would help you through the dark days.
Building a support system is important to managing your workplace mental health. It is important to leverage on different perspectives during your times of need on a task that is becoming daunting at a work or other expectations you need to manage.
Your support system could be your immediate network of trusted professionals within and outside your organisation. You should never keep quiet on issues relating to your mental health.
You are probably insecure about one thing or the other if you are being sincere about it. Your workplace mental health is your ability to recognise your insecurity early and manage them.
You were probably once the new kid on the block who got all the attention but you should not allow yourself to be intimidated by others when the attention shifts. It’s okay for your colleagues to get promoted. Just focus on developing yourself and getting better at what you do. Do you want to be the one who gets acknowledged when top performers get recognised? If the ball falls to others, you might find yourself asking: “Am I good enough?” Yes, you are good enough but it isn’t your time today, so, celebrate someone else and your time will definitely come.
Watching your insecurity and dealing with them as they rear their ugly heads will help you manage your workplace mental health better.
Regular exercising has been found to improves your brain function and thinking ability. Hence, periodical physical activity is found to be highly beneficial to your workplace mental health. You don’t have to wait till you are depressed or out of shape to start exercising. Begin today by finding exercises that work for you. It might be visiting the gym, running, jogging or periodic walks.
While physical activity is important, so is its mental equivalent; books are a great way to armchair travels and who knows, you will be improving your leadership, team, creative capacity or other skills while digging into a book.
In conclusion, having a good workplace mental health means being able to manage yourself and your environment. There is constant pressure to perform, meet or exceed your job and career expectations.
There will always be challenges. The beauty is in seeing them as opportunities to conquer, new grounds for growth on the job and for your skills. Being someone’s support system also will help manage mental health challenges in the workplace. If you are reading this, we want to remind you that you can be the change in the workplace and the world around you.
What other ways do you manage your workplace mental health, kindly share with us below…