Are you suffering from a loss of confidence at work? Have you lost your appetite? Are you experiencing frequent headaches, infections and feeling constantly tired and emotional? The chances are you could be suffering from work-related stress. We spend a large proportion of our lives at work, so it’s no wonder our mental health and wellbeing can suffer when we’re feeling under pressure, leading to stress, anxiety and even depression. Women in particular can also feel under immense pressure when juggling a career and family. Tanya Dharamshi, Clinical Director and Counselling Psychologist from Priory Wellbeing Centre, Dubai, offers some helpful tips to help tackle this common problem…
Remove the stigma
The mind is just as important as the body, so talking about our mental health needs should be no different to discussing physical ailments. You should feel no shame in recognising and admitting your feelings to yourself or others.
Write it down
If you’re struggling to open-up or find the right words to explain how you’re feeling to a colleague or your boss, write it down in an email or letter to either send or use as a prompt when having a one-to-one conversation with them.
Seek out support
Whether it’s your line-manager, boss, or HR, there will be support available at work, you just need to investigate the best route to take. Remember – mental ill health is the commonest reason for sickness absence, so your experience will not be unique and it certainly won’t be the first or last case of its kind.
What do you need?
Take time to work out what is causing you stress and what would make your life easier at work. Modified working hours? Less deliverables? Being able to discuss clear, achievable objectives with your boss is key. Remember, they will want to help you as it makes good business sense, so be open and honest.
Can’t face your boss alone?
Bring a mediator along with you for some added support. This could be a trusted colleague or a HR representative. If it helps you reach out and face your worries and concerns, it’s definitely worth a try and will only help emphasise to your boss your determination to seek help.
To ensure your mind and body stays balanced, set aside some time at the end of the working day to switch off and relax. Whether it’s listening to a meditation app, performing deep breathing or progressive muscle relaxation exercises, or simply going for a brisk walk in the fresh air, these activities can all help you to re-centre and relieve symptoms of anxiety and stress at the end of a hectic day.
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