Maintaining your wellbeing at work
Maintaining your wellbeing at work
26 June, 2019
- Build trusting relationships with your colleagues
One of the main ways to ensure your happiness and positivity at work is to build strong and trusting relationships with your colleagues. As the famous quote says: “you are a product of the five people you spend most of your time with”. For most of us, this includes work colleagues. Therefore, the relationships you have with them will be key to your mental wellbeing.
Improving your relationships with your colleagues could be as easy as going for a coffee with someone or engaging in out-of-office activities.
- Continue learning and make the most of the opportunities at your company
How you view your job can occasionally affect your mental wellbeing at work. If you feel stuck and as if you’re not getting anywhere, there’s potential for it to get you down. Having a clear progression pathway and setting personal goals for what you would like to achieve can help to alleviate feelings of helplessness. Ultimately your job is what you make of it!
For a better understanding of how you could progress, talk to a manager about establishing some workplace goals.
Remember: these don’t have to be huge achievements; they can simply be weekly to-do lists that will make you feel better when you tick them off!
- Create a good work/life balance
We spend so much of our time at work, it can sometimes be easy to forget about the other areas of our life. Establishing a good work/life balance is crucial to maintaining a positive mental wellbeing.
Work is important, but so is engaging with something externally that excites and engages you! This could be something as simple as playing a sport you enjoy.
We often use the excuse that there aren’t enough hours in the day. What we are forgetting is that we have the time to do anything we want to, so long as we prioritise! Prioritising an activity that makes you feel good, as opposed to spending an hour on social media, could help to lift your mood!
- Maintain flexibility
Working a full-time job means you’re probably used to a rigid, daily routine. You get up, get ready and commute to work; you work hard at your job; you commute home, make dinner and get into bed, right? This type of routine can sometimes be detrimental to your mental health, leaving you thinking ‘is this all there is?’. To remedy this feeling, maintaining flexibility in your schedule can make you feel so much better. This doesn’t mean everyday needs to be completely different, but small changes in your routine, such as taking a different route home from work, could make all the difference.
- Learn to switch off
We are all guilty of not being to switch off from work; whether its checking your emails at home or eating lunch at your desk. However, this can massively impact our mental health. Heavy workloads and deadlines can make it even harder to switch off at the end of the day. Whilst it’s important to stay on top of workload, set yourself allocated times for working and for switching off. If you need to check your emails when you’re home, choose a cut-off point, after which you’ll only check your emails again in the morning. Small barriers can help you to switch off and avoid feeling overwhelmed when your workload piles up.
Big thank you to our Candidate Consultant Eleni for sharing these top tips!
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