Mental Health Awareness at Work

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and despite a hot jobs market, mass layoffs in certain industries, resignations, burnout, and inflation are causing employees to examine their personal mental health.

The way we think can determine the way we function. Advocating for your mental health and wellness at work is important. When you’re stressed at work, it can be hard to concentrate on the task at hand. So, help relax your mind with these tips:

  • Get enough sleep. How much sleep you get can determine how your body and mind perform throughout the day. So, get enough rest to help you function at your best. Experts recommend that adults get seven to eight hours of sleep each day.
  • Incorporate exercise. Along with getting enough sleep, proper exercise is incredibly important. When stress gets to you, consider taking a few minutes to step away from your work and go on a quick walk or take a meditation break. Your body and mind are connected, and getting your body moving can reduce mental fatigue.
  • Listen to music. Listening to music can have a soothing effect and can enhance your mood at any given time. So, plug in your headphones and listen to your favorite tunes to help you focus and block out any distractions. Music that is uplifting and relaxing is a better alternative than music that evokes anger and stress or makes you feel sleepy. Also, be sure to use headphones so the music itself doesn’t distract those around you, prevent you from hearing a phone ringing, or notice someone asking you a question.
  • Read a motivating quote. Quotes can be inspirational, wise, or even funny. Pick a motivating quote a day and reflect on it. It may just change your outlook on things!
  • Use your vacation time. Make use of your vacation days when you can. If you have the time and your work schedule allows, take a break from work to do something fun or relaxing. This will enable you to come back to work feeling energized and refreshed.
  • Contact a mental health professional. If the stress gets to be too much, and you notice it starting to affect your work, it might be time to schedule a visit with a mental health professional. Your healthcare provider should be able to connect you with someone who can help work through your stress and recommend treatment. Or use the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s national helpline by calling (800) 662-HELP (4357).

Disclaimer: These general guidelines do not constitute medical advice. Please consult with a physician to determine best health practices for your needs.

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