Mental Health at Work is an important topic for many people. Whether you’re experiencing Mental Health issues yourself, looking out for someone else who is, or
you’re just curious to find out more, the links on this page have been compiled to point you in the right direction.
A spotlight on: Anxiety
Anxiety can have a significant impact on a person’s work, leading to a range of difficulties and challenges.
Do you experience common symptoms of anxiety, including difficulty concentrating, making decisions, or prioritising tasks? These can all affect productivity and performance.
Anxiety can also cause physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, sweating, and nausea, which can interfere with your daily work activities.
In addition, anxiety can lead to avoidance behaviors, such as avoiding tasks or meetings, which can lead to missed opportunities and decreased job satisfaction.
If you feel as though your work life is being impacted by anxiety – don’t worry! There are plenty of things you can do to minimise the effects, right now:
- Practice deep breathing: Take a few deep breaths, inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth, to calm your nervous system and reduce tension.
- Take a break: Stepping away from your work for a few minutes can help clear your mind and reduce stress. Take a walk, stretch, or engage in a brief mindfulness exercise to refocus your energy.
- Listen to calming music: Listening to relaxing music can help reduce anxiety and promote relaxation. Consider creating a playlist of your favorite soothing songs to listen to when you’re feeling stressed.
- Practice positive self-talk: Replace negative self-talk with positive affirmations. Tell yourself that you are capable and competent, and that you can handle whatever challenges come your way.
- Stay organised: Feeling overwhelmed and disorganised can increase anxiety. Take a few minutes each day to prioritize your tasks and create a to-do list, which can help you stay focused and feel more in control.
- Practice grounding techniques. These can help to calm you down when you are beginning to panic. For example:
- Take a few deep breaths to calm your body and mind.
- Look around you and identify five things you can see. Pay attention to their colors, shapes, and textures.
- Identify four things you can touch. Focus on the sensation of touching these objects, whether they are rough, smooth, hard, or soft.
- Identify three things you can hear. Pay attention to the sounds around you, whether it’s the hum of the air conditioning, the sound of traffic, or the rustling of leaves.
- Identify two things you can smell. Take a deep breath and focus on any smells around you, whether it’s the scent of coffee, the smell of fresh air, or the aroma of flowers.
- Identify one thing you can taste. If you have something to eat or drink, take a small bite or sip and pay attention to the taste.
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Ease the pressures of finding a new role
The one sure-fire solution to poor mental health at work? Not having a job in the first place!
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Below are a collection of resources that we think you will find useful.
A business looking to work on their Mental Health Campaign?
We’d love to work together to raise awareness and donate to good causes. Contact our Marketing Manager, Emma Coleman to discuss; firstname.lastname@example.org
Promoting/looking for donations towards a Mental Health related charity?
We have an annual charity pot which we donate to different charities each year from. Find out more here