Happy Monday all! After a surprisingly positive week of work, I was inspired to write a short post on how I best manage my mental health in the workplace. For those of you who don’t know, I work full-time within the healthcare industry, also meaning that I work shifts including days, nights and bank holidays – while somehow running this blog(!) hence why you don’t hear much from me on social media.
Anyway, because my work is very physically, mentally and even emotionally demanding, upholding mental health and well-being is important. I’m very lucky to have a supportive team, who notice when I’m particularly struggling and regularly check up on me. On the days which I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed, these are things that I find works best for me:
Go Outside – On my breaks, I tend to go outside for a quick walk or a breath of fresh air. Just to take a break from the stress and to spend a moment to myself.
Writing a list – When I feel overwhelmed with the number of tasks in front of me, I grab a piece of scrap paper and jot them all down.
Drink! – Often, when I’m feeling stressed I usually just discover I’m desperate for a glass of water – or that I’ve become ‘hangry’ and in need of a quick snack.
Read – I like to bring a book in my bag, and spend a few minutes reading in the canteen or on the bus back home.
Days off – Make sure to schedule time off regularly and to spend them doing things you enjoy.
Praise yourself – Ok, this sounds cheesy. What I mean by this is to remember something that you’ve done well today or recently. That could be something like going to work (as this can be difficult with mental illness), a personal achievement or learning a new skill.
There we have it! Some small tips that help me to get through the working day, I hope they help you too!
Take care, Sophie x
Disclaimer - As always, please bear in mind that I am not a mental health professional or any other type of professional, this is a hobby for me and is for informational purposes only and shouldn’t be seen as any kind of advice. I am not liable for any consequences as a result of this information and if readers rely on any of the information on my blog, it is at their own risk. I cannot confirm that all information is correct, accurate or reliable. The information is true to the best of my knowledge, yet there may be omissions, errors or mistakes. This information isn’t intended as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you have, or believe to have, a mental illness, please contact a mental health professional.
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