Work and Mental Health

Monica Younan B.A., Psychology Intern

June 20th, 2019

Going to work can have a positive impact on you, especially if you enjoy what you do. This can promote social interactions, higher productivity, enhancement of self-esteem, a positive mood and an improved quality of life. However, for some, it is quite the opposite and work may not be as pleasant. Some people have trouble getting along with their coworkers or their bosses. Others may have difficulty managing their heavy workload. In some circumstances, it could be a combination of all these factors or potentially others as well. Whatever the case may be, going to work may feel overwhelming and debilitating. If this stress is not addressed, it can potentially lead to anxiety and depression. Fortunately, there are several strategies you can employ to make your mental health a priority at your workplace.

Being able to identify when a problem has emerged is recommended. In other words, the stress may cause your behavior to change (e.g., less productive, more time off from work) and it is important to not be oblivious to this matter. If you are dealing with a heavy workload, doing a to-do-list is highly suggested. This will keep you organized and increase your productivity in a manageable way. In addition, making the best use out of your break at work is also very beneficial. For example, taking the full amount of break time that is given to you, no matter how busy you may feel, is a great way to do this. During your break, try to squeeze in a short walk, some time to socialize with other colleagues who may also be on break, or even a bit of time to relax and meditate. Furthermore, if you ever encounter an issue, do not be afraid to communicate how you feel and to seek support from those you feel closest too. Additionally, it is recommended that you be aware of your limits and not take on more than you can handle. People sometimes have a tendency to want to constantly please others and live up to unrealistic expectations. Thus, avoid committing to projects that you are unsure about. There is nothing wrong with setting small but manageable and realistic goals.

To conclude, it is completely normal to sometimes feel discouraged and to want to give up, or possibly resign in that case. However, do not be afraid to seek help from a mental health professional. You do not have to do this alone! Our psychologists and life coaches at Clinique PsySanté, are ready to help you regain your power and your happiness wherever it may be!