Mental Health In The Workplace
Updated: Jan 26
The workplace can be daunting, overbearing and damn right exhausting.
Clocking all those hours and at sometimes not seeing the result.
Not looking forward to anything but dreading waking up and getting ready for work.
We all need to work to survive, to pay the bills and to live.
But is your work affecting your mental health?
According to HSE (Health and Safety Executive), the Labour Force Survey states that 595,000 Workers are suffering from work-related stress, depression or anxiety (new or long-standing) in 2017/18
As I was reading a few articles, this title caught my attention. “It’s official: most people are miserable at work.” Reading through the article, it became more apparent that many working people are just doing what they need to just to pay the bills. “London workers are even more likely to be unhappy in their jobs with 55pc saying that they want to switch careers; 45pc are looking to do so in the next two years.”
I have jumped around from workplace to place (and I’m still jumping) as I realised that my health is my main priority.
In one of the several workplaces that I have been apart of, I was STRESSED every time I stepped in there. **WORKING IN THE NHS IS STRESSFUL, BIG FACTS** My stomach was upset every time I was getting ready to work.
I didn’t find any friendships as I was VERY observant and saw everyone talking about everyone behind their back. So, my walls were always up.
And my manager…… never mind.
The environment wasn’t very uplifting and supportive, so I decided to leave.
I am grateful for my experiences however I now know that I will NOT be a part of a negative workplace…at…any…cost. And you shouldn’t be either.
If you believe that work is having a negative impact on your overall well being, ask yourself the following questions:
Is the stress that I am experiencing worth it?
Working in high pressured environments such as health and social care does require a lot of employees. If this is too much for you to manage, then you may want to consider your current career path.
Where do you I see myself in 5 years?
Honestly, do you think you will be a similar position to the one that you are currently in? When thinking of this question, be realistic and think about all faculties: job, relationships, career and so on.
Is there a chance of progression?
Are you hopeful that with dedication and a lot of hard work, you will be rewarded? Do you want to grow within your company, although that will result in more pressure from management are you prepared to put in the work?
Is this really what I want to do or am I doing this for a pay check?
I know so many people who are working just for the money.
I get it.
You need income to pay the car insurance, your rent, food and to survive in a nutshell.
But this bigger question is: DO YOU ENJOY IT?
If the answer is yes, then good on you. I respect that. You are blessed as many people believe that they are stuck in jobs because they are receiving a stable income and do not want to make any risks that may affect that.
If you are considering staying within your workplace or you’re considering leaving, you should find suitable ways to combat your mental health at work.
Talk to someone.
In the NHS there is a department titled occupational health. Their job is to ensure staff are physically and emotionally well at work and can undertake their role. They provide services such as pre employment health assessments and removing health risks that may arise in the workplace.
Take some time off if you can. Relax, destress. Working 9-5 each week can influence your wellbeing. Book a holiday. Do something that you will look forward to. It can be cost effective. I love my bed and any chance that I can sit in bed and watch a movie, I’ll take it!
Refer to the questions mentioned above.
LEAVE if necessary.
I know it is easier said than done but if you are unhappy, feel intimidated at work, feel that you have no one to talk to, it may be time to move on.
Yes, you have bills to pay but the last thing you want is for work to physically cause you to take days off work.
It will be best to have another job lined up before handing your resignation letter in but if that doesn’t work out that is fine too.
You must remain positive and know that what is for you WILL be for you.
You will attract a happy work environment.
You will form amazing relationships with your colleagues and managers.
You will have a stable income and You will not dread going to work.
All this will happen for you if you just believe.
Like I believe in you.