work mental health

Between tasks that need to get done, people with their problems, and anything else that pops up during your day there can be a lot of stressors at work. It’s more important than ever to take care of your mental health even while being on the clock. Your workday will run smoother, and you’ll have more energy by looking after yourself first. If you struggle with ways to take care of yourself, look to these tips for some inspiration.

Task Load

It is your job to take care of tasks and duties that apply to you. It is not within your job description to take on more than you need to. It’s important to set boundaries and be realistic with what you can accomplish. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in other people’s problems or issues, but stay on task and keep yourself motivated and make sure you take care of yourself first before worrying about anybody else.

Mental Rest Breaks

Throughout your day at work take time for yourself, even if it’s only a couple of minutes. There are lots of ways you can do a mental reset. Whether you like doing a quick five-minute meditation or like to get up and just walk around to get some water, it’s important to take breaks for yourself. This will keep you motivated and keep the stress levels down. If you like technology, there are lots of apps that help with mindfulness and relaxation. A newer app is called Finch where you take care of a little bird by taking care of yourself. Sometimes it’s easier to look after others before ourselves and this app reminds us that we need to do both.

Fuel for the Fight

Equally as important as your mental health is your physical health. This includes staying hydrated and make sure you do not get hungry throughout the workday. Keep some light snacks at your desk to give you a little boost of energy that you might need. Keep a fun cup at your office or something that will bring a smile to your face and help remind you to drink your fluids throughout the day. It sounds silly but if you see something that you like or makes you happy, you’ll be more inclined to use it.

Communication with Co-Workers

Nothing adds more stress than not being able to communicate your needs or thoughts. If something is bothering you or there is something you need help with, reach out for help and communicate your needs. Likewise, invite coworkers and peers to talk to you if they need help with something. Keeping open communication in the workplace will make everyone happier and more productive. Additionally, if you feel like you could be taking on more responsibility or are looking for a promotion, communicate that with your bosses to let them know. No one is going to know your interests or wants unless you share them.  Your boss will appreciate your enthusiasm and will probably think of you next when a job or position opens.

Staying healthy mentally in the workplace is just as important as showing up for work. You need to stay sharp and be on top of your game to give the best work possible. Try to commit to taking care of your mental health and you will see big results in the long run.