According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mental health problems are among the largest overall health concerns in the United States, as an estimated 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness each year. Additionally, over half (56%) of employees reported that stress and anxiety have impacted their productivity in the workplace, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
With this information in mind, it’s clear that mental health is equally as important in the workplace as physical health. Fortunately, the CDC released steps employees like you can take to promote the significance of mental health and stress management. This guidance includes tips that include the following:
- Take part in company-sponsored events that teach participants techniques to improve their mental health.
- Seize opportunities to attend any company training sessions that focus on stress management, ways to deal with unacceptable behaviors in the workplace and best practices for supporting struggling co-workers.
- Consider sharing personal stories with co-workers to help eliminate any stigmas in the workplace.
- Be empathetic and supportive when a co-worker discusses their mental health or other personal experiences.
- Embrace behaviors that encourage stress management and promote supporting mental health, such as:
- Eating a balanced diet
- Exercising regularly
- Getting plenty of sleep each night
- Taking mindfulness classes
- Practicing yoga or meditation
- Speaking up when you feel overwhelmed
If you have further questions regarding mental health and stress management in the workplace, consult your supervisor.