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This is how we start to break the mental health stigma at work

Identify your triggers

Identify your triggers

When you identify what's causing you stress, it becomes much easier to manage it:

  • At times it’s not that difficult to spot the root of your mental health issues: an external annoyance (like the current global pandemic, for example) can disrupt your routine; this can spark anxiety, because it can make you feel like life is out of your control.
  • Other times, you have to dig a little deeper: maybe there are distinct aspects of your job that you dislike, or maybe the number of meetings you’re required to participate in is draining your mental energy.

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This is how we start to break the mental health stigma at work

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Identify your triggers

When you identify what's causing you stress, it becomes much easier to manage it:

  • At times it’s not that difficult to spot the root of your mental health issues: an external annoyance (like the current global pandemic, for example) can disrupt your routine; this can spark anxiety, because it can make you feel like life is out of your control.
  • Other times, you have to dig a little deeper: maybe there are distinct aspects of your job that you dislike, or maybe the number of meetings you’re required to participate in is draining your mental energy.

Assess what you can change

When you recognize your external triggers, you can figure out what changes you can make to manage them.

  • If having too many Zoom meetings is draining your energy, see if you can make your meetings shorter, or assess when and where you presence is not critically needed.
  • If you’re stretched too thin and have the power to do so, you can think about delegating, or ask your boss what you should prioritize and what you can complete later.

Asking for professional help

Sometimes eliminating external stressors just isn't enough. When you find yourself in a prolonged state of stress, it’s time to get the help of a professional.

Chronic stress can have a negative impact on your quality of life and can also make physical health issues worse.

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  • Create a schedule and stick to it. Scheduling your tasks (and breaks) will help you to mentally prepare for the day.
  • Have a dedicated comfortable workspace, with a door that closes, preferably.
  • Fight the urge to stay sedentary and schedule active time to get your heart pumping.
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  2. Learn from leaders and engage in employee wellbeing.
  3. Follow other companies who have taken necessary steps to curb mental health issues at the workplace.
  4. Understand the unique needs and opportunities of your workforce to develop tailored policies.
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Get Help

Working with a therapist or support group is the best way to help you cope with your symptoms, which in turn will help you better manage your professional life.

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It’s key to find trusted friends or family who can support you through this difficult time. 

Participating in a depression and anxiety therapy group is a great way to learn coping strategies for the workplace from other participants.

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