This year the World Health Organizations marked October 10 as Mental Health Day wherein everyone, not only those diagnosed with mental illness, showed each other support and awareness of mental illnesses that can affect any gender, class, or intellect.
This year’s theme is Mental Health In The Workplace. This is inspired by the study conducted by DPG plc in the UK that shows 85% of workers are shy to admit and share their mental illness to their officemates and managers because of the negative stigma associated with it. We understand how mentally and emotionally stressful it is to have a full-time job while juggling other aspects of life. That is why we try and give our best advice on how to reduce stress at work and be overall healthy.
1. Listen to relaxing songs
The right kind of music can help finish your work and meet deadlines in no time. There’s an 8-minute track said to be the ‘most relaxing tune ever’. The song entitled ‘Weightless’ will really make you feel weightless from all your worries. With carefully arranged harmonies, this song is proven to slow the heart rate, reduce blood pressure, and lower stress levels.
2. Watch your coffee intake
Drinking caffeine fuels us to get up in the morning and get work done but becoming too dependent on coffee is not healthy. The average adult can only consume about 500 mg of coffee, equivalent to 5 cups of coffee. If you’re having more than that then you better cut back as you may experience migraine, nervousness, and irritability.
3. Get more sleep
When we were kids our elders would always advise to get more sleep for us to grow taller. Even as adults this advice is still helpful. Psychologists have researched that lack of sleep can cause anxiety, depression, and even paranoia. A good night’s sleep can help your mind, body, and emotions recharge and be ready for the next day.
4. Get exercise
As promoters of an active and healthy lifestyle, we always encourage everyone to exercise —even at the office. This is a natural and subtle way of combating negative emotions and thoughts. Moving your body and getting your blood pumping helps release endorphins that can trigger positive signals to your body and do wonders to your thoughts.
5. Take a day off
If the weekends aren’t enough to keep yourself in check and you’re feeling too much stress then don’t be afraid to take a day off. We have our mental, emotional, and physical limitations that we should recognize and acknowledge to not push ourselves too much. The deadlines can wait, your health and well-being can’t.
6. Seek help
When the work is too much to handle where it’s affecting other aspects of your life, then you should consider asking for help. Professional or not, confiding to someone and opening up is can help you have an outlet for all your emotions. Find people you trust the most and share how you feel, there is no and there should be no shame in admitting you’re not well.
At the end of each workday, we’re all just human beings who are so much more than just our work and career. That is why the World Health Organization promotes a mentally healthy and aware workplace that supports one another with work and with individual well-being.
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