Prioritizing Mental Health
People often focus on their physical health, but mental health is equally important. Oftentimes, workplace stress is a main factor in declining mental well-being. Nearly 80 percent of Americans consider their jobs stressful, so chances are you may be feeling stress-related emotions. Meeting job deadlines, having a heavy workload, being under constant pressure and working long hours all take their toll. That kind of stress can spark feelings of insomnia, anxiety, depression and even anger.
Luckily, there are ways to reduce workplace stress that can carry over into your everyday life:
- Prioritize your duties from least to most important.
- Slow down and think problems through before reacting.
- Ask for help with tasks if you need it.
- Take a break when you begin to feel overwhelmed.
- Focus on what you can control.
You don’t have to feel alone. If you’re experiencing any sort of mental health issue, whether mild or severe, please reach out to your physician or visit www.mentalhealthamerica.net/.
Awareness only goes so far toward improving your health—you also need to take action. Try following a week-by-week plan to track your weekly progress as you establish your healthier lifestyle.
Week 1 (5/5-5/11) – Create a wellness plan
What do you want to improve this month? Set a short-term health goal and a plan for achieving it.
Week 2 (5/12-5/18) – Get started
Are you ready? Begin your plan and stick to it.
Week 3 (5/19-5/25) – Look for improvement
How are you doing? Think about what’s working with your plan and if you need to adjust it.
Week 4 (5/26-6/1) – Reflect
Did you reach your goal? Consider what worked with the plan and what should change next month.