Learn The Signs
In the workplace, mental health problems manifest in a multitude of ways. Here are some employee behaviors that may be signs of a mental health problem:https://www.mranet.org/resource/what-do-when-employee-needs-mental-health-help
- Working slowly
- Missing deadlines
- Calling in sick frequently
- Increasing absenteeism
- Expressing irritability and anger
- Having difficulty concentrating and making decisions
- Appearing numb or emotionless
- Withdrawing from work activity
- Forgetting directives, procedures, and requests
- Having difficulty with work transitions or changes in routines
These symptoms could also result when an employee has a family member suffering from a mental health problem or other serious health issues. Such situations can sometimes disrupt the employee’s working hours, lead to absences, affect concentration, and decrease morale as much as it would if the employee had the mental health problem.
Self-care means taking time to do things that help you live well and improve your physical and mental health. When it comes to your mental health, self-care can help you manage stress, lower your risk of illness, and increase your energy. Even small acts of self-care in your daily life can have a big impact. Below are some tips to help you get started with seld-care:
- Get regular exercise. Just 30 minutes of walking every day can help boost your mood and improve your health. Small amounts of exercise add up, so don’t be discouraged if you can’t do 30 minutes at one time.
- Eat healthy, regular meals and stay hydrated. A balanced diet and plenty of water can improve your energy and focus throughout the day. Also, limit caffeinated beverages such as soft drinks or coffee.
- Make sleep a priority. Stick to a schedule, and make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Blue light from devices and screens can make it harder to fall asleep, so reduce blue light exposure from your phone or computer before bedtime.
- Try a relaxing activity. Explore relaxation or wellness programs or apps, which may incorporate meditation, muscle relaxation, or breathing exercises. Schedule regular times for these and other healthy activities you enjoy such as journaling.
- Set goals and priorities. Decide what must get done now and what can wait. Learn to say “no” to new tasks if you start to feel like you’re taking on too much. Try to be mindful of what you have accomplished at the end of the day, not what you have been unable to do.
- Practice gratitude. Remind yourself daily of things you are grateful for. Be specific. Write them down at night, or replay them in your mind.
- Focus on positivity. Identify and challenge your negative and unhelpful thoughts.
- Stay connected. Reach out to your friends or family members who can provide emotional support and practical help.
Each person’s “healthiest self” is different. We have different bodies, minds, living situations, and people influencing our lives. Each area can impact your overall health. This means we each have a unique set of health needs. Use our wellness toolkits to find ways to improve your well-being in any area you’d like.
When to Seek Professional Help
Seek professional help if you are experiencing severe or distressing symptoms that have lasted 2 weeks or more, such as:https://namiwisconsin.org/find-my-nami/eau-claire-county/
- Difficulty sleeping
- Appetite changes that result in unwanted weight changes
- Struggling to get out of bed in the morning because of mood
- Difficulty concentrating
- Loss of interest in things you usually find enjoyable
- Inability to perform usual daily functions and responsibilities
Don’t wait until your symptoms are overwhelming. Talk about your concerns with your primary care provider, who can refer you to a mental health professional if needed.
You are NOT ALONE
Learn more about a community of people who’ve managed stress throughout a global pandemic
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Are you or someone you know dealing with intense depression, anxiety, thoughts of suicide, or another mental health crisis? You don’t have to face it alone!
Call or text one of these free hotlines to get the help you need.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Crisis Text Line
Text “HOME” to 741741 or visit crisistextline.org
Disaster Distress Helpline
Call 1-800-985-5990, text “TalkWithUs” to 66746, or visit DisasterDistress.samhsa.gov