If there’s one positive thing that has come out of the pandemic, it’s the recent increase in mental health awareness and accommodations. Whether you’re neurodivergent, have a disability, or are struggling with the symptoms of burnout, these resources are here for you to take advantage of. Here are a few suggestions to help you protect your mental health while in the workplace.
Create a Space You LoveWorking in an environment that makes you happy is an excellent way to boost your mood throughout the workday. If you work in an office, personalize your space as much as you can with knickknacks or family photos.
If you work from home, you have much more creative freedom. Creating a relaxing, inviting space for you to do your work will improve your focus and mental well-being. Choose furniture, paint, and decor items accordingly!
If you don’t have a designated office in your home, consider converting your garage into an office instead.
Prioritize Your NeedsYou’ll never meet your needs if you don’t acknowledge or voice them. When you need rest or a mental health day, allow yourself to move slowly and take your time. Be patient, and don’t worry about being productive. Sometimes, it’s OK to let some tasks wait until tomorrow.
Reach out, ask for help, and communicate when you’re overwhelmed. It’s also important not to allow your boss to pile on work beyond your job description—doing the work of multiple people will only burn you out faster.
Build Community With Your CoworkersYour coworkers and higher-ups can and should be a support system. While managers and bosses can sometimes be unsympathetic, coworkers are often in similar circumstances to you. Collaborating and supporting each other will build community among your peers that can prove vital.
When you have a community, you have a team that you can trust. This is important to have in a positive workplace environment.
Protecting your mental health in the workplace is possible when you remember that you are a valuable contributor! Protecting your peace and mental health will prevent you from feeling bogged down and drained.
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