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How To Excel Professionally With A Mental Health Condition

In the workplace, people often don’t talk about what they’re going through. Others refrain from opening up about having mental conditions due to fear of discrimination and being looked down upon by many. It can be a cause of lessened productivity, poor social relationships, or unfinished outputs. However, thanks to social media and programs that promote awareness, mental health is slowly becoming a norm for society. 

Nothing should hinder you from excelling and progressing at work, even if you have mental health conditions.

Acknowledge And Be Open About Your Mental Health

Before you inform people about your mental health, you must first accept that you have it. Acknowledgment and acceptance help you have a different mindset and perspective that overall affects how you act. 

The quote “you must love yourself first before you can give it away” also applies because you can’t ask people to accept and understand your situation if you cannot do it yourself. The beauty of this action is that you won’t quickly get offended when people inquire about your condition, work situations become less awkward, and relationships blossom eventually.

Insert Any Form Of Exercise

According to a study conducted by Coulson et al., exercise is an essential contributor to overall wellness and productivity. It can help you manage time properly and work well under pressure because the brain function also improves. If you’re not the type to engage in workouts even at home, you can try and incorporate them in your usual activities.

A good suggestion is to try walking to work if you live nearby or use a bike instead. Even at the workplace, make it a point to stand and walk every 15 to 20 minutes to stretch your legs and “wake up” your mind. Also, try to eat healthily and drink lots of water.

Try Jotting Down What You Feel

Having a mental health condition doesn’t mean you get exempted from feeling bad or under pressure. There will always be times wherein you’ll feel down or disappointed, but it doesn’t mean that you should carry the burden all day. An excellent way for you to release your thoughts and emotions is to write them down.

Start small and carry a pocket notebook and pen with you at all times. Please keep it in your pocket or bag for easy access. It’s important to remind yourself that it’s not an embarrassing thing to write down your emotions, especially if this is what helps you cope. In time, you’ll learn how to get used to releasing your thoughts on paper.

Don’t Hesitate To Ask For Help

If you see yourself having a hard time doing a task or understanding the boss’ instructions, don’t feel doomed and hopeless. Always try asking for help either from your boss or your coworkers. The reality is that not everyone will be 100% accommodating, but it never hurts to try. Hesitation only leads to overthinking, and overall, it might affect your way of thinking.

When you ask for help, not only does it help get the job done, it also gives you a chance to learn more. Allow yourself to slowly adapt in an environment that encourages healthy and productive conversations so that overall, results are beneficial to both you and the company.

Approach The Management And Talk About Your Needs

If you find yourself conflicted and having a hard time adapting to the workplace situation, approach the management, and tell them about your concerns. For example, you need at least 5 minutes of meditation before starting anything because it helps boost your mood and productivity. Please explain this to the manager so that they can relay it to coworkers as well.

Letting them become aware of your mental health condition allows them to understand you while also extending their patience and perception of the situation. While there’s no guarantee that every coworker can acknowledge mental health issues, having the management in the loop helps whenever you’re stuck in cases that you can’t handle.

Conclusion

Having a mental health condition should not be the reason you can’t excel at work. With the help of social media and people raising awareness, psychological well-being is slowly becoming part of society’s norm. Don’t be afraid to embrace these issues because it’s part of who you are, and it’s what makes you unique. 

Citations:

Madlinger, G. (2018, May 8). A Managers Guide to Mental Health in the Workplace. Retrieved from https://wheniwork.com/blog/mental-health-in-the-workplace

5 Easy Ways to Support Mental Health In The Workplace. (2018, March 15). Retrieved from https://www.excel-communications.com/5-easy-ways-to-support-mental-health-in-the-workplace/

Work and Wellbeing: A Job Guide for People with Mental Health Conditions. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.joblist.com/guides/work-and-wellbeing

Disclaimer: The information on this website is not intended or recommended for patients or other lay persons or as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Patients must always consult a qualified health care professional regarding their diagnosis and treatment. Mental health conditions are complex, people differ widely in their conditions and responses, and interactions with other conditions and treatments are best evaluated by a physical examination and consultation with a qualified clinician.

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