It is a universal understanding that work makes you stressed due to tight deadlines, high demands, and never enough time to complete what needs to be done. Stress at work can take a serious toll on your mental health so it is important to be aware of how to manage a healthy balance of work and health. Coping techniques and finding ways to keep work stressors out of your personal life can drastically improve your mental health.
The younger generation in the workforce is having trouble with their ability to manage both stress and depression. Mashable reported that one in five (20%) millennials in the workforce suffer from some form of depression. This is a much more than previous generations with both baby boomers and generation having 16% within their workforce. Millennials also have a much stronger understanding of the mechanics behind depression and view it more a just “feeling sad”. They view it as a serious disease that can affect not only your personal life but your ability to sustain income. Mashable stated that two-thirds of millennials who are depressed, may not find their symptoms strong enough to keep them at home, it does hinder their ability to manage high volume workloads.
There are not many cures to mental health diseases but there are ways to manage them to keep you sane and employed. Even some companies are beginning to find the benefits indirectly addressing mental health with their employees. On a personal level, what you can do is prioritize your mind overwork. An unhealthy mind cannot perform to the best of its ability at work. Take time to see a doctor, therapist or find time to give your health a break and breathe. Work can easily consume your daily life so make sure to step aware when you feel overwhelmed with daunting tasks. Self-awareness is key to identifying an unhealthy mind.
Companies can also do their part in addressing this issue with their employees. Many are giving their employees “safe spaces” in order to give employees a place to relax and take a mental break when things get tough in the workplace. As well, managers should be fully equipped to identify and act on employees who are showing signs of mental health problems. Proper training of mental health in the workplace can also help facilitate stronger relationships with employees and give them the opportunity to work to the best of their abilities.