This is how workplace impacts your mental health
It is a fact that we do spend most of the time of our lives at work. Now see it like this, In total, we spend around 12 hours a day sitting working or not doing anything– whether it’s at our desk, on the sofa, or in the car, bus or train while commuting. That’s a hell lot of time when we are being inactive, and that's is at all healthy as per our experts who suggest that increased ‘sedentary behaviour’ may be linked to a jump in health problems and can directly impact heart health.
A new study has found that high job strain is associated with an increased risk of developing common mental illnesses like depression and anxiety.
According to experts, today, mental illness has now become the leading cause of absence in the workplace, with research finding that 25 per cent of workers have taken days off due to stress.
So what can we do to better our mental well being in the workplace? We turned to psychologist Breanna Jayne Sada, from online psychologist network Lsyn, to find out.
The signs you might be struggling
"For employees, self-satisfaction is often found through accomplishments and success at work, and if you are burdened by poor mental health which impacts on your productivity and performance, you in turn may see a reduction in your self esteem further impacting on your mental health," psychologist Breanna Jayne Sada, from online psychologist network Lsyn explains.
These signs are not quite good at the workplace:
Lack of motivation and energy towards work and goals.
Aggression in the workplace affects a lot.
A decline in work performance sure troubles you.
Taking days off from work.
Reduced self-confidence and doubting your abilities.
Increased use of alcohol or drugs
Strain on relationships
Withdrawing from work colleagues
Increase in the severity of physical problems
There are many things you can do if you're feeling this way.
Make sure about goals and between your work and the rest of your life.
“Switching off when you leave work is really important, make time to do things you love outside of work, and spend quality time with friends and family,” Breanna says.
Leaving on time and ensuring you take a lunch break are important.
Methods that improve your physical health, will also have a significant impact on your mental wellbeing.
Asking for help when you need it.
If your boss or colleague is to blame?
If work-related stress is more than just the workload and you’re dealing with a problem colleague or a bad boss, it can be a lot harder to remain positive each day.
Always take the high road, and don’t be intimidated by a bully.