Mental health

  Mental health 

Mental health

The World Health Organization (WHO) has defined mental health as a state of well being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, he or she can deal with the normal stresses and sadness of life and can work productively, or it is a positive concept related to the social and emotional well being of people and communities.

 Mental health in the workplace:

Working  have a positive effect on our mental health. It can make us feel good about our selves and and it can also give us a sense of purpose. It also gives us a chance to interact with others and communicate with them.
 When we talk about mental health in our workplace we are talking about how our working environment can affects us  (positively or negatively) and how it impacts our ability to do our work
 Workplace stress is something we all pass by, when workplace stress starts to become intense, it can increase risks to physical and even a mental health.
  stress relating to our life needs to be managed, by doing several things :
  • Our work:

 While much of our working environment is determined by others, individually we can take steps that will help us to protect and enhance our well being and mental health. All workers, can use some common strategies to help in their work roles. 
Here are 10 tips for working in a mentally healthy way:

1. Limit working extra hours:

  Intense periods of activity at work can mean we can’t stick to standard hours of work. When long hours of working become the norm rather than the exception that they can negatively impact our health. 
Try to limit the amount of overtime you always do. If it’s becoming more normal to be working extra hours you have to discuss your duties with your manager.  

2. Schedule meetings in core work hours:

  Scheduling meetings to begin and end only within your working hours

3. Take regular breaks:

  Get some fresh air and leave your workplace, or simply move from your work area will help make you more productive at work. Some tips for breaks
  •  Take a small break every hour to increase work productivity 
  •  During the lunch leave the work place to stay refreshed during the afternoon 
  •  At lunchtime exercise to boost productivity for the rest of the afternoon 
  • Use breaks to help refocus

4. Try not to take work home:

 When we’re so busy, it’s easy to get into the habit of taking work home, but always remember that this should be the exception and not the rule.   
By ensuring that our work doesn’t come home with us, we can pay full attention to those who are waiting for us at home and get the downtime we need for a healthy work-life balance. If you have to take work home, agree on a set time to do it and not all the time.

 5. Take holiday:

 Taking a holiday will help you to reduce work related stress, prevent depression and anxiety, and increase work performance and productivity. 

6. Set realistic deadlines and deliver on them:

 Deal with your timetable schedule so you deliver work on time will not only contribute to improved productivity, it will also help you complete your tasks to a high standard and without undue pressure.

7. Sometimes, it’s OK to say “No”:

 It’s not always easy to say no because we all like to please our colleagues and be seen as a ‘can-do’ person in our workplace, but we all have the right to set work limits. Just state your reasons and say no.

 8. Have a technology switch-off:

  Many of us are obliged to work outside our normal working hours from time to time. But every one need a break from work to unwind and destress. None of us is obliged to send and receive work emails at all hour

 9. Use the Employee Assistance Program:

Many employers offer an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or similar program to assist employees with personal and work-related issues that may impact their job performance, health, mental and emotional well being.If your workplace offers a service, you may find it useful to chat with someone about something particularly if you are not coping.

10. Explore suitable flexible working arrangements:

 Flexible working arrangements can help many employees improve their general well being by working in ways that better fit their (day-to-day)life.These working arrangements need to be negotiated with the employer, and you will need to be able to do your job in an effective way that both of you and your employer will like it. 
Some ways to maintain and improve your wellbeing:
  1.  Keep fit :
    • Go for a bike ride or a walk at least 10 minutes daily.
    • Go bush walking.
    • Go swimming.
    • Do yoga.
    • Go to the gym.
    • Get good quality sleep 
  2. Pamper yourself:
    • Have a bubble bath
    •  Buy some flowers 
    • Lie on a beach  
    • Get a massage
  3. Entertain yourself:
    •  Read a book or magazine.
    •  Write a letter or email.
    •  Play a solo card game. 
    • Do a crossword or sudoku 
    • Go to the movies or a market
    •  Visit a museum or library