Promoting mental health in the workplace is no longer a convenience, but a necessity. The first step is to create a wellness solution which helps in supporting the well-being focused on the employees of every profile. In addition to financial benefits, work can bring meaning, structure, and purpose to life. It may also render a sense of identity, increase your self-esteem, and provide an important social exposure.
On the other hand, working in a negative environment or work space can have an opposite effect by seriously impacting a person’s emotional and mental health. A few things which increases stress levels and causes mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and even substance abuse are prolonged working hours, less staff, or support, unclear management roles, goals or tasks, bullying and also workplace harassment both sexual and emotional .
In an exclusive interaction with OnlyMyHealth editorial team Manun Thakur, Founder & CEO, Veda Rehabilitation & Wellness Center shares some strategies which may help in achieving and maintaining work-life balance.
1. Communicate healthy boundaries
Learning how and when to say “no” to people is one of the most important soft skills every working professional needs.
2. Take a break
Several studies show that proper breaks provide space for better learning and greater productivity. The most important thing is to use your lunch break effectively. Eating at your desk while you work is not important.
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3. Ask for help
Don’t feel guilty. Remember, it only makes you approachable and gives you the opportunity to practice the gift of giving to others.
Make time for yourself every day. Start small and easy. The point is to do something for yourself every day.
5. Prioritize your health
It is important to work towards our physical, mental and emotional well-being. Also, build habits that reinforce them, such as: Meditation, Mindful Breathing, Gratitude, Light Movement/Exercise.
6. Invest in relationships
Strong relationships and a healthy support system can improve health. Spend time building the relationships that matter to you. One way to do this is to block your schedule for spending quality time or family time.
Work-life balance includes everything that pertains to a fulfilling life. So, as an employer, look for an employer who values people holistically, not just as an isolated employee, and who encourages and supports you not only as an employee, but as an individual.