Dennis Relojo-Howell

Ways to Manage Mental Health in a Demanding Work Environment

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Dennis Relojo-Howell, (2022, July 30). Ways to Manage Mental Health in a Demanding Work Environment. Psychreg on Organisational Psychology. https://www.psychreg.org/ways-manage-mental-health-demanding-work-environment/
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Mental health goes beyond how you feel and determines your overall well-being. Most importantly, it determines how you think, act, and interact with others in the workplace and at home. High-stress levels in the workplace can aggravate mental health conditions and compromise performance. However, you can manage your mental health through simple but effective strategies.

Get enough sleep

Getting sufficient sleep is vital for your mental health. Typically, about 80% of psychiatric patients have chronic sleep problems. While mental health issues can interfere with your sleep patterns, insomnia can lead to various mental health problems. Quality sleep facilitates emotional and mental resilience, while prolonged sleep deprivation can lead to negative thoughts and emotional vulnerabilities.

Since your brain can quickly adapt patterns and routines, erratic sleep patterns can get ingrained in your brain, making it harder to enjoy quality sleep. However, you can avoid mental health issues by maintaining a regular sleep pattern to allow your body to recharge. Ideally, try to stay away from TVs and other electronics like computers and phones for at least 30 minutes before going to bed.

Eat healthy foods and stay active

Your eating habits have a huge impact on your mood regulation. Unhealthy foods can impact your overall health and reduce your ability to cope with work-related stress. If you have oral health issues that prevent you from eating certain foods, a qualified dentist can recommend appropriate remedies. Most importantly, if you’re unsure about your kid’s diet best practices, a pediatric dentist for special needs can provide valuable nutrition information and tips to help you develop healthy eating habits.

While maintaining a healthy eating routine can be challenging when you have a demanding job, you should aim to adopt a healthy diet. You can plan, prepare, and carry healthy meals from home or stick to healthy alternatives whenever you buy meals at work. Most importantly, try to minimize your intake of foods like coffee and refined sugar. Instead of having a high-carb diet, you can increase your fruits, vegetables, and nut intake to ensure your body gets the necessary nutrients to keep you healthy.

Regular exercise can trigger your brain to release chemicals and hormones that keep you happy, relaxed, and less stressed. In fact, regular activity can lower the chances of anxiety and depression. While gym membership can be great, you can adopt any physical activity regime.

Understand important triggers and ask for help

Different people have different depression and anxiety triggers in the workplace. The triggers can vary from work presentations, company conferences, and reports. It’s critical to review all the situations likely to make you uncomfortable and stressed so you can prepare to handle them. If you are unsure about your biggest triggers, keep track of anything in the workplace that often leads to high-stress levels. Try to perform tasks that can help you relax whenever the triggers manifest.

People suffering from mental issues due to work pressure don’t have to face the problems alone. Mental health experts can provide solutions and necessary support to deal with anxiety and depression. The professionals can help you devise coping strategies for workplace stressors or prescribe appropriate medication. Most importantly, it’s prudent to understand there’s no shame in coping with mental health conditions.

Most mental health issues are subtle and can develop in growing children and manifest in early adulthood. To make sure a child is not suffering from mild mental health issues that may become bigger problems later in life, routine checkups can help. 

Endnote

Anyone can suffer from mental health issues, especially when you are in a demanding work environment. However, you can take various steps like watching your diet, exercising, and getting enough sleep to manage your mental health.


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