Staying Mentally Healthy at the Workplace

Read through the simple steps you can follow to keep your mental health on point while at work!
Nashrah Ghazali
Content Contributor, gradmalaysia.com
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Are you that person who always puts their work before their own mental health? Do you pressure yourself to get all your work done and just don’t rest? If so, you have stumbled upon the perfect article for you. Today is the start of something new. Change is about to take place and here’s how:

#1 Map out your workload

The secret here is to always prioritise. So, from your long to-do list, you must have things that need more attention. Now move those tasks to the top of the list and start brewing. By doing this, you will keep your work organised and you can finally stop juggling so many things at one time.

Now that you have your list sorted out, start setting realistic deadlines for each task. Because that is what work is all about, chasing one deadline after the other. Now, how do you even set a “realistic” deadline? You shouldn’t simply choose a random date on your calendar. You should start deciding your deadlines based on your own working pace. Target logical dates. Give yourself a decent amount of time to do each task. 

You will never know how much of a difference organising makes until you really try it yourself. Try it today and make it your thing. 

#2 Talk it out

‘Communication is a skill that you can learn. It's like riding a bicycle or typing. If you're willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life.’ These are the brilliant words of Brian Tracy, a self-development author. And honestly, I couldn’t agree more.

Nothing comes easy without practice. If communication is not your forte and you hate talking to someone about how you feel, you need to look surpass the fear of words coming out of your mouth. Finding someone you’re comfortable with will be the best choice when it comes to practising your communication especially regarding your feelings.

When you feel like everything is just about to collapse or you feel suffocated by work, it’s time to empty the bottle. Pour it out. Pick up your phone and dial up your best friend, or your parents and tell them what you’re feeling. You’ll be surprised just how much better you’ll feel once you do that. 

#3 Take a breather

Work is never-ending. You can stay back, do your work until past midnight for a whole week and you’ll just find yourself ill, in a pile of undone work. You might feel like your work is important but so are you. 

At the end of the day, you only have one brain and one body to live off. If you don’t take proper care of it then, who will? You need to take charge of your own mental health. Rest in between tasks and freshen up when it starts to feel tough. Avoid pushing yourself off your limits.

Use your weekends wisely to rest your mind from work. Meditating and calming yourself down after a hectic week at work will make a difference. Go out! Spend time with your loved ones. It will make a difference. 

Never overlook your mental health. One thing that you should keep in mind is that your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Use these tips to keep yourself mentally healthy at work. Take care of yourself for you!