If you’re wondering how to improve your mental health at work, you’re certainly not alone.
Here are three simple ways you can do it.
- Don’t take on too much work
One sure-fire way to get burned out and stressed is to take on too much work. Don’t set unrealistic goals for yourself, and don’t let others do it either.
If your boss is giving you too much work, set aside a time to talk calmly with them about it, clearly outlining why it’s too much. Don’t suffer in silence. If you do, your mental health will inevitably suffer too.
- Take regular breaks
Taking regular short-term breaks from work is important. This includes making sure that you take a lunch break each day, as well as a morning or afternoon coffee break. If you’re working night shifts, taking regular short breaks is just as important. Breaks helps to improve your concentration levels so that you can maintain (or even increase) your productivity.
It’s also important to take holidays at least once a year so that you can freshen up. Working long hours and working without breaks can negatively affect your mental health.
- Make sure you’re getting enough sleep at home
Don’t turn up for work tired. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep so that you’re ready to face your job each day or night. Sleep and mental health are closely linked. Poor sleeping patterns can affect your mental health and vice versa.
The importance of work/life balance
It’s also important to look after your mental health outside of work. Ways that you can do this include making sure that you set regular time aside for:
- exercise (a healthy body can lead to a healthy mind), and
- catching up with friends, family, or both. It’s important to stay connected, especially after the strict coronavirus restrictions we were all recently forced to experience.
Do mental health apps work?
There’s a huge range of mental health apps available these days, but many aren’t based on any scientific evidence. You should avoid those ones because they’ll be unlikely to give you the boost you need. You’ll also probably be wasting your money if you get them.
A recent Harvard study showed that some scientifically-based apps can be effective however in boosting your mental health. Those apps include:
- and Happify.
However, it’s important to understand that if you’re experiencing serious mental health issues, even an evidence-based app is unlikely to be enough to help you. You should speak to a doctor about it, who will probably refer you to a specialist mental health practitioner to get the help you need.
How we can help
At Searipple Village in Karratha, we can help you to maintain your mental health after a hard day or night’s work. We have great accommodation, two fully equipped gyms, two pools and a licensed social hub where you can relax and unwind. We’re also just a short stroll from the beach next door!