On Wednesday 3rd May 2017, news broke that professional footballer Aaron Lennon had been detained by police under section 136 of the Mental Health Act after an incident in Manchester on 30th April. Aaron has been capped at international level by England and currently plays with Premier League side Everton. This news involving such a high-profile person, will come as a shock to many. However, the fact of the matter is that one in six British workers suffer from some form of mental health issue, including anxiety and depression.
Research shows that work is the biggest cause of stress related illnesses, more so than debt and moving to a new house. Do you find yourself working through your lunch break every day and are you always the last one to leave the office? If so, it’s time to get your work/home life balance in check, as this is a proven way towards relieving stress.
You should look at changing the following things in your daily routine:
Outside of work
It is really important to separate your work and home life. Finding the right balance can be difficult to start with, but once you have, it will help. With this in mind, you may want to look at doing the following –
If you take your work home with you, endeavour to limit it to just one day a week or create a designated place to do the work. Your house is your home, after all, and not an office.
If you commute to work via public transport, use this time to wind down and not think about work. Try reading or listening to music to relax. If you travel by bus, why not get off a stop earlier and walk the remainder of the journey.
Set yourself some goals outside of the office. Why not join a club/gym to keep active or read a book/newspaper or even keep your mind stimulated by doing a puzzle?
Keeping fit is really important, walk whenever you get the opportunity, the fresh air and exercise will do you good. An active lifestyle means contributes towards a lower rate of depression and anxiety. A healthy body equals a healthy mind.
Eating healthy meals is also beneficial. Try to eat as much fruit and veg as you can with your meals.
If you drive to work, why not car share if you live close by to one of your colleagues. Talking about things outside of work is also helpful.
During the day
Are you finding yourself cutting short your lunch breaks on a daily basis? If so, try to leave the office environment and go for a walk to clear your mind.
Why not set up a ‘’to do’’ list on a daily basis, that way you will know what you need to do and when. Having this in place will certainly put less pressure on your working day and means that you can prioritise your routine.
Is your work load too much? If you are finding it difficult to complete your work to a high standard then ask your superior for help. Locking it in and not telling anyone, isn’t helping you. People need to know how you are feeling and by doing this it should ease the pressure you are putting yourself under.
Try to talk to someone face to face rather than sending them an email or making a call.
Engage with those who you work with, ask questions on how their weekend was and really listen when they tell you. You never know if that person may be feeling at a low point and it could be the boost that they need.
These are just some of the things that can help you get through your working day. There is always someone that you can talk to if you are feeling low or suffering with anxiety or depression. Why not visit the mental health charity Mind for ways in which they can help.