Top 5 tips for looking after your mental health at work, from Dr. Nicola Baylis, Consultant Psychiatrist (BMBS, MRCPsych).
Tuesday October 10th was World Mental Health Day, the 25th anniversary of the event dedicated to raising awareness of mental health, reducing the stigma attached to it, and promoting the prospect of treatment and recovery from mental health issues.
The day takes on a different theme each year, and this year’s is Mental Health in the Workplace. As mental health problems often go unseen, they can be neglected by employers who would otherwise work diligently to maintain the wellbeing of their employees and keep sickness absence levels low.
As a result, we’ve spoken to consultant psychiatrist Dr. Nicola Baylis for her advice on how employees can take care of their mental health. Here are her top 5 tips:
1. Look after your basic needs. Our brains can’t function well if we don’t eat healthily, get enough sleep or keep hydrated.
2. Know yourself. Learn the signs that show you are getting stressed. Know what triggers them, and what prevents you getting stressed. You can then do things that help as soon as you spot the early signs, such as having an early night, chatting with friends, or prioritising your work.
3. Keep up with your five-a-day for good mental health. Be active, connect with others, learn new things, give to others and take notice/be mindful. All these help you to have a more positive outlook.
4. Talk about it. If you are having mental health issues, talk to your manager. They can make reasonable adjustments to your workload and environment that will ultimately help them have a happy and productive workforce.
5. Support others. If someone else at work has been stressed or is having mental health issues, just ask them how they are. Fearing the stigma of mental health problems contributes to the problem for many people.