Mental health in the workplace.
Did you know that November 22nd was “ Go Home on Time Day”? I love this. There is a day for everything these days!
Jokes aside, Go home on time day was a great excuse to not only leave when you’re supposed to but to also have a think about what we can do along with managers and the workplace to get out the door on time consistently .
Deadlines or the occasional day with competing demands can sometimes mean we can’t stick to our normal working hours. I do not mind this on the odd occasion. However, it’s when these long hours become the norm rather than the exception that it can negatively impact our health.
I recently had 3 weeks off work from a relentless virus. I initially returned too early causing a setback and had to be very firm with myself, being still, minimising interactions and implementing all self care strategies.
This self imposed rest and quiet time provided me a wonderful opportunity to reflect. And reflect I did: on my return to midwifery, on my role, and my vision and goals for the workplace. On life and why I haven’t blogged for 6 months.
My reflections on mental health in the workplace
I reflected that I have managed very well to develop a sound work life balance. However, some of my old habits at work have been creeping in. Coffee and lunch breaks at my desk, going home late, checking emails at home.
When I did return to work last week I set myself a goal to continue not only my home self care but also self care strategies in the workplace.
I don’t believe in coincidences. Rather I believe everything happens for a reason.
This Beyond Blue post on Facebook about mental health in the workplace came at a perfect time for me. I had just returned to work following my illness and its reminders were very important.
I encourage my staff members to take breaks, to get home on time and I always try to meet their roster requirements to have a great work/life balance.
Now I have asked them to remind ME to take my breaks! Having experienced workplace stress burnout and compassion fatigue I place high priority on mental health in the workplace.
Here are my top 10 strategies to maintain mental health at work:
- Go home on time
- Take my breaks
- Walk outside
- Delegate tasks to others
- Do not read work emails at home
- Set realistic deadlines
- Ask for help when I need it
- Diffuse essential oils to motivate or chill the mood
- Eat properly
- Drink my water
For some great strategies on how to manage your mental health at work, visit Heads Up: http://bb.org.au/2jHDm34