A to Z of Mental Health (#atozofmentalhealth) is a series dedicated to initiate conversations about mental health issues. You can find the campaign here.
Working people who struggle with mental illness are no less than heroes. Experiencing mental health issues while doing a job is very strenuous. It is well-known that not all workplaces are mental-health positive. There is always this fear in the mind that if we tell anyone about our struggle, we may be perceived as less capable. Talking about personal issues at work might be considered as ‘unprofessional. I believe this is because of the whole ‘keep your personal life separate from professional life’ dichotomy. While it is necessary in certain circumstances, it does not hold true in most of the cases. I believe that all employers should incorporate ‘mental health days’ in their leave policies in order to encourage the employees to make mental health their priority. Not only workplaces, academic institutions should also give mental health days to their students. While there have been efforts in the same direction, there are some things that you could do to take care of mental health at workplace:
Do not set unrealistic goals for yourself.
You don’t have to say yes to everything that comes your way. Learn to say no.
Do not overwork yourself to the point of a burnout. Make tine to pursue your hobbies.
Listen to your body and take breaks as and when required. Do not wait for a breakdown to take a break.
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