While it’s true that anyone can be at the receiving end of mental health problems, there are certain things that we can do to keep them from hovering over us all the time. We cannot completely avoid the reasons that trouble us mentally and emotionally, but we can definitely create time for tasks that help us counter the dullness and boredom of life.
Here are a few tips on what you can do to stay happier, especially while at work.
Organise group activities
Arrange for group activities involving your team or even the entire office. Music and dance playoffs, flash mob and games are a great way to bring in some excitement, entertainment and fun in your work life. Also, team outings such as picnics and lunches occasionally can work well to create bond and kinship among the team.
Sometimes, just sitting at your desk and staring at your laptop for a long period of time can make you feel lethargic, dull and low. Step out of your desk, go for a walk or just get some fresh air at regular intervals throughout your work day. Taking stairs, deep breathing, stretching and walking meetings / brainstorming sessions are other amazing ways to ensure you feel physically and mentally active. Exercising daily can also have a great positive impact on your state of mind.
Leave work on time
No matter how much work you have pending, there’s a threshold after which you cannot concentrate and if you push the limits too much, you might end up with mediocre work. It’s important to leave your office on time, not because you shouldn’t work for more time than required, but because your mind needs that break.
Define your boundaries
Never mix your work and personal life. Just as you don’t hang out with your family during work hours, it’s not fair to spend the time you have with your family working. Have strict rules about this and stay present in the moment. There’s no reason to ruin your evening thinking about that important meeting you have to attend tomorrow.
Find ways to wind down and relax after work
Spend the time after work to wind down and relax, especially during the time you spend commuting. Do what works best for you. Listening to your favourite music on the drive back home, reading a book, going for a walk or a run, hitting the gym, practising Yoga, meditating etc. work well for most people.
If you feel troubled mentally, no matter how small or big the problem is, speak to your friends, family or colleagues about it. There’s nothing wrong with feeling low, it’s only normal and one of the first steps to finding a solution to your problem is communicating it to others.
Ask for help
Do not hesitate to get professional help when dealing with your mental health issues such as anxiety, panic attacks, bipolar disorders, depression etc. Also, be forthright in asking for support and help from your colleagues and manager in any which way possible such as asking for leaves, delegating some of your work, etc.
Often, the causes of mental health problems lie in external factors such as discrimination, bullying, or harassment at the hands of co-workers or managers. If you are subjected to ill treatment at work, do not think twice before speaking up against it.