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How do you prioritise mental health at the workplace?

Why is prioritizing mental health so important for professionals, now more than ever?

Professionals have been investing more ‘work hours’ than ever. This may be due to the changing essence of market goals and priorities, along with how integrated we are nowadays. The ‘always-on’ working community, which is particularly widespread in diverse industries, relies on inadequate sleep, high-pressure conditions, running around time zones, high burden associated with turnover, and more. It is not unusual for employees to worry about burnout, anxiety associated with employment, and depression.

There is a strong connection between pressure and productivity in the workplace. To feel safe, content, and efficient, we all need to have a certain level of involvement and pressure in our working lives. But if there isn’t enough strain or too much, there could be a risk.

The accompanying diagram illustrates the distinct areas associated with job strain.

Mental health at workplace

The relation between pressure, performance, and mental health:

Rust Out Zone: It doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t have enough to do or anything at all but that you find yourself often wondering if your work is intriguing or challenging enough. This leaves you feeling extremely disassociated and disengaged.

Emotional Wellbeing Zone: You will be motivated, concentrated and invested in what you’re doing when you face a fair level of challenge and responsibility in your career. You are likely to feel more secure, satisfied and therefore more confident over time producing successful results.

Burn Out Zone: When conditions are extreme and last for prolonged periods of time, you may be at risk of burn-out and, inevitably, anxiety. Your commitment, enthusiasm and efficiency decline dramatically as this happens.

People often claim that “when they’re stressed/ under pressure, they work well”, but this is clearly not the case. When you are challenged, oriented and committed, you can perform better. When we face conditions that may lead to either burn-out or rust-out, our personal endurance will help us to continue in or ascend back to the ideal zone of emotional wellbeing. 

Resilience is all about being capable of sustaining optimum efficiency and confidence and equipped to:

  • Maintain high performance and well-being/ a stable mind when faced with unfavourable conditions
  • Recovering from or quickly reacting and having controlled decisions to misfortune or shift
  • Keeping a composed work ethic especially while under pressure.

Here are some tricks to help achieve that mindset:

Learn how to prioritise your mental health
Learn how to prioritise your mental health
  • Stop and evaluate – One of the best things that you can do is pause yourself consciously, and consider the issue. Ask yourself why you feel disappointed. Say it out loud, and be thorough and elaborate. This helps the mind calm down and reassess with a different perspective. 
  • Find something positive about the situation –  Often in a situation, getting out from an eroding thought or mood is crucial and hence thinking about even the smallest positive thing in a situation which has completely worn you out will help you gain a new mindset of looking at things.
  • Remember the last time you felt frustrated – It is essential to remember that the situation always changes and the feelings aren’t to stay. Recalling a similar frustrating situation will help you realise that you came out of that and that will happen this time too.

Hear more mental health experts talk about prioritising mental health at this video link: Building healthy workplace 

Check out the videos from global mental experts on our emotional well-being at Antwak    

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