Productivity and mental health are closely linked. With depression, anxiety and burnout being the most common manifestations of poor mental health, the experts at Joy Organics have compiled a list of five tips to help manage your mental health and increase productivity both in and out of the workplace.
It’s important to step away from your work every few hours otherwise your brain will freeze up and feelings of burnout or anxiety will start to become stronger. Only eleven out of fifty states mandate some rest break for workers. If your employer allows a break, you should make sure it is uninterrupted.
Having a break allows your brain to reset itself from any stressful situations. Research from the association of psychological science suggests that a ten-minute break for every hour you work is a good balance to maintain productivity.
Looking at your work as a single huge object is daunting. Those feelings of dread can feed into depression and anxiety so splitting up your work into manageable chunks will make things easier.
- Urgent and important – unforeseen events and urgent matters
- Not urgent but important – smaller tasks that won’t affect your deadlines
- Urgent but not important – meetings and phone calls
- Not urgent and not important – checking social media
Having another perspective is useful for lowering your stress levels. Talking to your team or a manager not only gives you a break from staring at a screen, but it means that you can solve problems faster.
Instead of struggling with a project alone, ask for a quick meeting or an informal chat to have another set of eyes on it.
Hustle culture has become common in workplaces over the past few years, where everyone tries to take on everything their managers give them. This can greatly contribute to stress and depression as the work keeps coming in.
You have a finite number of hours at work, so don’t take on a week’s worth of hoping to get it done in a day. Set boundaries and know when to focus on the work you already have.
When you’re tired and low on energy, it becomes harder to concentrate. Getting at least eight hours of sleep each night will allow your brain to rest and be better equipped to deal with whatever the workplace throws at you.
Before going to bed, you should do something relaxing and not stare at a phone screen or catch up on work. This helps to signal that it’s time to sleep.