Lucy Flinn October 8 2021 6 min read

6 Things to Improve Mental Health at Work

It's Global Health Day on Sunday! I've been reading and listening to podcasts on mental wellness and was really inspired by an "On Purpose with Jay Shetty" podcast on what to do if your job is harming your mental health. He shared some pretty scary statistics and 6 things you can do to improve mental health for yourself and your colleagues.

Step 1. Recognize how your work affects your well being.

According to the American Institute of Stress, 83% of U.S. workers suffer from work-related stress. This is 27% higher than the global average. Because of the global Covid-19 pandemic and the prevalence of remote working, there are no clear boundaries between work and home environment. Are you aware of the impact your job has on your mental health? Think about the examples of Naomi Osaka and Simon Biles. Two incredible athletes took a mental health break from work, very publicly, to destigmatize mental illness and help others. Both were initially criticized, but after the dust settled, applauded for their bravery.

“Naomi Osaka is speaking up about mental health, and I think it is really important that athletes put their mental health first,” Simone Biles told Entertainment Tonight. “Because, at the end of the day, that is what is going to determine how well we go out there and compete.” 

These two ladies have championed a new era of athletes prioritizing mental health, a stance we should all emulate in every workplace.

Step 2. Be a mental health ambassador.

We are proud supporters of the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation and support their mission to raise awareness of teenage depression and anxiety. For resources and to learn how to be a mental health ambassador, visit the CKG website.

Step 3. If you're in a toxic atmosphere, update your LinkedIn profile.

Update you're LinkedIn profile quarterly. Maintain it by posting photos and articles. Comment. We become so artificially tied to where we are that we fail to contemplate the outside world and other possibilities. Recruiters will come to you. You will feel more secure about your job if you are more aware of other opportunities. 

 Step 4. Take time off.

Maybe work is not to blame. When was the last time you took a vacation? Is it your sleep routine or your diet that is the problem? Are you working six days a week and not working out? Do you actually rest on the weekend? Take some time to reflect on these questions, be aware of what's really affecting your mental health, and put time on your calendar to rest and recharge. Train like an athlete.

Step 5. Say no.

Be mindful about how much you take on. Saying yes to every request you receive isn't always healthy, and saying no isn't being selfish. Ask yourself if the new commitment is important to you. If it's something you feel strongly about, do it! If not, it's completely okay to take a pass.

Step 6. Talk to someone.

Are you concerned about what others may think or feel about you? What's more important is how you think of yourself. Maybe you don't believe therapy is for you. Why not give it a try?

Better Help is the world's largest therapy platform, and their mission is to make professional therapy accessible, affordable, and convenient — so anyone struggling with life’s challenges can seek help, whenever and wherever they need it. 

Together, we can raise awareness of mental illness and seek ways to support each other.