Saturday 10th October was World Mental Health Day and taking care of our mental health in the workplace has never seemed to important. 2020 has been and continues to be a tough year, one that is challenging even the hardiest of folk.
Many of my clients run small businesses, and as I run one myself I understand all too well the challenges that can bring. Long hours, tight budgets and feeling like you have to do everything yourself can take a toll on your mental health, and that’s without a global pandemic adding to the stress and uncertainty.
The best advice I have ever been given is not to bottle your worries up. If you can summon the courage to talk to someone else about how you feel, you will be surprised how many people feel the same or can offer a sympathetic ear. This doesn’t just have to be friends and family either. One of the most useful things we can do in business is to treat other people like human beings and not robots.
Here at Josephina Worrall Translation I build healthy, sustainable relationships with my clients, taking care of all your translation needs so you don’t have to worry about them. Hopefully, that’s another thing you can tick off that never-ending to-do list!
Mental wellbeing is more than just getting a job done however, so here are a few things I do in the office to maintain a healthy balance:
1. Take regular breaks, and make sure they are screen free.
2. Make time for movement.
3. Schedule my time and then guard it carefully – I do better work when I concentrate for a short, pre-determined amount of time and don’t let it creep into my free time, so that’s a win for me and my clients.
4. Communicate. Having someone you can talk to when things get stressful is invaluable, and communicating honestly about your limits with colleagues and clients leads to better working relationships.
5. Include some plant friends in the work space. A green office is a happy office!
Do you have any tips for looking after your mental health in the workplace? I’d love to hear them!