Even the most stable, grounded people have felt the weight of the stress brought on by the challenges of the pandemic on top of their own personal work and family challenges. A recent mental health survey revealed that 83% of respondents feel they are emotionally drained. In addition, 85% say workplace-related stress affects their mental health. According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness):
- 1 in 5 Americans have a mental illness.
- Less than 1/3 of those affected get treatment.
- Employees stated their job is the #1 stressor in their lives and that it impacts their health.
- 50% of employees want their company to help them with job stress and improve mental health.
Sometimes we are so busy in our day-to-day lives that we may not even fully realize we are struggling and need support. Here are some red flags to look out for that suggest you (or someone you know) may need extra support in dealing with workplace-related stress:
- Lower productivity
- Poor quality of work
- Job dissatisfaction
- Low commitment to organization
- High intention to leave the job
So what is mental illness, exactly? It’s defined as a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder; a condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling, or mood. On the flip side, someone who is mentally well is typically:
- Sleeping and eating well
- Involved in positive relationships
- Motivated with a strong sense of purpose
When a person is mentally well, they are much better equipped to cope and manage work-related stress and personal stressors. They understand how to balance and recharge. There are several ways you can improve your mental health and enhance your well-being:
Prioritize – One Size Does NOT Fit All
You can make changes right now to improve and continue to foster an environment that encourages multifamily employee development. If you’re already supporting employee development, consider these tips
- Walking meetings
- Running and walking clubs
- Policies to promote health and well-being
Normalize Mental Health Care and Well-Being
A culture that promotes an acceptance of being well and caring for one’s mental health is important. It will reduce the stigma and likelihood that if help is needed, the employee will seek it out and be supported. You can begin to normalize prioritizing mental health in the workplace when you:
- Have an “AMA” (Ask Me Anything) attitude
- Use positive language, beginning with onboarding and training and throughout daily conversations.
- Look to Human Resources to lead the way with resources, tips, and reminders.
If you need some help coming up with ways to promote wellness and reduce work-related stress in your workplace, consider:
- Wellness Wednesdays
- Monthly wellness team reports
- Annual Wellness Day
- Sleep challenge
- Morning meditation
- Positive affirmations
Embrace the Concept That Self-Care Is Not Selfish!
Research shows that self-compassion increases well-being lessens anxiety and enhances the ability to be compassionate. We must learn to do what we need to do to feel whole and refuel with what gives us meaning, purpose, and a sense of belonging. Sometimes we don’t even know where to begin with self-care, so here are a bunch of ideas for you to consider:
- Take a bath
- Buy yourself flowers
- Get a facial
- Get crafty
- Star gaze
- Have a dance party
- Give yourself some “do not disturb” time
- Have a solo breakfast
- Go swimming
- Wear that outfit
- Go to a museum
- Go biking
- Get a massage
- Watch a Ted Talk
When you find yourself suffering from work-related stress or in the middle of a stressful episode in life, here are a few ways you can help to find immediate relief and begin to recover:
- Get some quality sleep
- Limit caffeine
- Laugh and have some fun
- Limit stressful projects
- Prioritize what is truly important
Once you’ve addressed the acute stress, you can start to refuel and recharge. Some tried and true ways to do this include:
- Work out
- Listen to music
- Read a book
- Solve a puzzle
- Take a nap
- Have some family time
- Call a friend
- Listen to a podcast
- Get outside
Finally, to maintain your mental wellness for the long term and help reduce work-related stress, make a point to:
- Check in with yourself
- Be aware of your struggle status
- Ask for help when needed
- Keep refueling and refilling
In today’s workplace, it is vital that leaders create an encouraging environment that supports employees’ self-care, safety, well-being, mental health, and personal and professional development.
National Speaker, Industry Educator & Apartment All-Star
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