For most of us, work plays a major part of our lives. We probably spend more than half of our waking hours in the workplace, where we get our income and often where we make our friends. Having a fulfilling job can be good for your mental health and general wellbeing.
We all have times when life gets challenging – sometimes work-related, like deadlines or changes in technology, management and more. Sometimes it’s something else – our health, our relationships, or our circumstances.
One of the silver lining the pandemic has brought amid all the disruption, trauma and challenges we have faced is for us to look into ensuring mental health wellbeing at work.
What is mental health?
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:
Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
Family history of mental health problems
Good news is not only that we have choices but also there is help available.