The average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime, which roughly equates to one-third of your life. In theory, work is supposed to be a place that can drive positive mental health. It gives us purpose, motivation, and, dare I say, satisfaction- when we achieve what we worked hard for.
However, work can also be the cause of heightened stress and anxiety which can lead to work-related depression or burnout. Mental health challenges in the workplace are now being reported across all organizational levels. More employees are leaving their jobs for workplace factors such as overwhelming workload, unsustainable work, no growth potential, job insecurity, harassment, and conflict with co-workers/supervisors.
Employees don’t experience mental health challenges in isolation. Employers play a role, too — both good and bad.
While the 2019 rates of employment weariness were already surprisingly high, they’ve gone up even more since then. Sixty-eight percent of Millennials (50% in 2019) and 81% of Gen Zers (75% in 2019) have left roles for mental health reasons. Ninety-one percent of respondents believed that a company’s culture should support mental health, up from 86% in 2019.
Symptoms of work-related depression include the inability to cope; normal routines feel like a battle, a sense of worthlessness, panic attacks, insomnia, burnout, and suicidal thoughts.
So, what are some strategies you can utilize TODAY?
Create a comfortable workspace
A comfortable physical space helps to create a more positive atmosphere which leads to improved motivation and a greater will to produce good results. Personalize your space with pictures or mementos from loved ones which can help remind you of why you try your best every day. Arrange a clean environment, clutter-free, which will diminish distractions.
We NEED breaks. Taking a time out helps to increase our focus. What happens when you stare at a picture too long? Does it start to blur and warp? This is what happens when our eyes get fatigued, which is a similar experience to our mental health and well-being. Taking breaks relieves stress and increases job satisfaction
Practice Mindful Meditation
As little as five minutes can make a huge difference in your day. One of the easiest mindfulness is focusing on your breathing. Sit comfortably, close your eyes, and now take natural, even, rhythmic breaths. While you’re breathing in, count one, when you breathe out, count two. Once you get up to the count of 10, start over at one.
Ask For Help/Talk to a Mental Healthcare Professional.
Call Tx Harmony Counseling at (832) 352-1600 for more techniques on coping with work-related depression. Or, contact us here.