14 Tips for working men and women to improve mental health in the workplace
- Make healthy connections with your co-workers.
- Talk to your best buddy or meet a therapist to release bottled-up emotions, thoughts, or feelings.
- Practice mindfulness and meditation for few minutes a day.
- Accept the negative emotions and experiences, instead of judging or fixing them.
- Don’t focus on weakness, work on your strengths! You will grow faster.
- Set realistic targets on a daily basis.
- Despite COVID-19, continue progressing towards big goals.
- Sleeping for 7-9 hours every night is crucial for mental health.
- Take breaks during work and exercise every day to enjoy better health.
- Consume a healthy diet to keep depression at bay.
- Engage in activities you love such as painting, trekking, or playing guitar to release happy hormones like dopamine and serotonin that improves mood. Promise yourself to maintain a work-life balance.
- Work in a healthy light to improve mood and energy levels
- Engage in charity work or any noble cause to increase your own level of happiness.
- Be creative – it reduces anxiety, depression, and stress.
For all those who are reading this post, some of you are employers and some are employees, remember that improving mental health is a daily process. Make strides one step at a time. Hurry causes worry and frustration. Employers should empower their staff as much as possible through awards and accolades and regular feedback on improvement. Human Resources has a wonderful opportunity within the organization to influence employee mental health. So, they must come up with the best programs to support mental fitness. Employees should try to be their best selves and take utmost care of their mental health every day.
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