Minding Your Mental Health

For some, work can be a major source of stress due to heavy workloads, pressure to perform at a high level, job insecurity, long work hours, excessive travel and conflicts with co-workers.

Over time, this level of stress can lead to insomnia, anxiety, depression, low morale and drastic mood swings. Overcoming these symptoms isn’t always easy, but knowing when to step back and evaluate your mental health can help.

Evaluating your mental health is incredibly useful when it comes to decompressing and alleviating stress caused by workplace factors.

While mental health and workplace stress can vary on an individual basis, the following are some examples of when speaking with a manager can help reduce workplace stress:

When you’re distracted—If your personal life is impacting your work, speak with your manager for assistance. Things like bills and relationship troubles can weigh on the mind, negatively impacting your performance. As such, it’s important to set aside time to focus on addressing personal issues.

When you’ve been neglecting yourself—People need time to recharge, especially if they lead an active work and social life. Work with your manager to find opportunities to refocus.

When you’re burned out—After stressful projects or long stretches of work with no days off, consider working with your manager to re-evaluate your workload. Taking the time to reorganize can improve your attitude and allow you to approach work with a positive outlook.

Keep in mind that the above methods are only effective in reducing stress. They should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice regarding mental health conditions, like depression. Again, if you are feeling overwhelmed at work, speak with your manager.