Stress is said to be the cause of up to 40 per cent of work-related sickness. And, with ever-increasing workloads, a faster pace of life and blurring lines between our personal and professional lives, it’s quite unsurprising. Over the last few months, most of us have had a little extra time to reflect on the aspects of our lives that we’re not quite so satisfied with and have searched for ways to improve them. As our mental health has a huge impact on our day-to-day lives and in our careers, addressing any issues in the workplace certainly seems like the right place to start.
Psychologists have discovered that just 2.5% of people can successfully perform multiple tasks at once, meaning your chances of doing so are rather slim. It’s not any easy cycle to break, but by doing so you’ll give your racing mind chance to slow down. Avoid constantly shifting your focus between unrelated projects, and whenever possible aim to complete one task before beginning the next. Both your mind and body will thank you.
Schedule in time for yourself
If your diary’s full and you’re ‘too busy’ to take some time for yourself, then something’s not quite right. Whether it’s socialising with friends (even if this may now have to be in the form of a phone call), tucking yourself away for a few hours to devour a good book or working up a sweat during a workout, it’s vital that you find a way to soothe away the stresses of the day and get yourself back on track. Experts always recommend exercise as way to burn off excess energy and re-centre the mind, and you’ll not only be looking after your physical health, but your mental health too.
Stop tethering yourself to your desk
On average, we spend about 70 per cent of our working week performing work-related tasks – but we’re not machines. Taking regular breaks may seem counterintuitive, but by now we all know that it boosts overall productivity and allows us to come back to the task at hand feeling refreshed and ready to start again. In fact, research conducted by Travis Bradberry shows that employees are typically 100% focused on their work for about an hour, before feeling fatigued. By getting up, moving around and investing their attention elsewhere, they returned to their desks feeling rejuvenated.
Open up to your employer
More so than ever before, an increasing number of people are admitting to struggling with their mental health, and it’s absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. In a majority of cases, it’ll be near impossible for your employer to realise how you’re feeling unless you approach them about it. Explaining any problems with your workload, colleagues or office environment will help to get the ball rolling and start to get you back on track.
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