No matter what industry you work in, we bet you’ve had at least one day where you’ve felt stressed and overwhelmed at work. In today’s world of constant connectivity, most people find themselves either working or worrying about work outside of their scheduled hours. In honor of Mental Health Month this May, we’ve put together a few ideas you can start implementing today to help you have a healthier relationship with your career and protect your mental wellbeing.
Set Realistic Expectations
According to a survey published in 2022 by UKG, of 1,850 people managers, 63% responded they are thinking of quitting their jobs either due to a poor work-life balance or burnout. While striving to work hard and produce great results is a great goal, finding a balance between ambition and realism is the key to avoiding burnout. Break larger goals into smaller tasks and map out a reasonable timeline to accomplish them. Prioritize these tasks based on levels of urgency, and don’t be afraid to delegate some or ask for help if you need to. The most important tip is to communicate this timeline with your team and make sure everyone’s expectations are aligned. By setting achievable goals and expectations, you can help avoid burnout and improve your overall mental well-being.
Get at Least 7 Hours of Sleep a Day
Getting a full night’s sleep can help you feel replenished and more alert, making you less likely to experience burnout. One of the most important habits you can practice before going to sleep is eliminating screen time at least 30 minutes before bedtime, as recommended by The National Sleep Foundation. The blue light from our phones, tablets, and TVs suppresses melatonin, making it harder for you to wind down and sleep. If you’re finding it hard to let go of your phone, try putting it in another room at night and using an alarm clock to wake up instead.
Pro Tip: If you don’t have a good book, you can use a guided meditation app to wind down before going to sleep.
Create a Supportive Network
As they say, no man is an island, so don’t underestimate the value of just talking it out with another person. Developing a support group is key to maintaining your mental health. Your support group could consist of a colleague, professional mentor, or even friends and family who can give you an outsider’s perspective. Whoever you choose, create a relationship where you’re receiving the support and guidance you need. It’s also important to keep in mind that professional help is available. Our clients have access to a free Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that is available 24/7 and is equipped to provide support on any challenges you may be facing, regardless of whether they are professional or personal.
Interested in learning more about our EAP and the other services available to our clients? Contact us today.