Working with Mental Health

Mental health is always a necessary part to consider when you take care of your workers or customers. Work demands a sound mind, body, and spirit. Hence, it is important to be able to care for your own mental health, and if necessary, help relieve the mental aches and ills of those around you as well.

Failure to take care of mental health can result in falling productivity rates, turnover rates, or worse, the death and injury of your workers. There are ways to care for your mental health and the mental health of your team members. This training course is therefore set to help your teammates work with mental health to the best of their ability.

Working with Mental Health Training Summary

This session will train participants to:

Delegate and Work Together

It’s not uncommon to see a workplace Superman or Wonder Woman who can throw out content in their sleep and is easily one of the strongest members of your team. They are also the ones who avoid delegating tasks to other members of the team in fear that those teammates will fail to do it well, or because they believe that they can do it better. This is a toxic mindset that must be removed; you are on a team for a reason.

If you are the team Superman, delegate tasks for your teammates to work with, so you can focus your energies into more long-term targets, like recruiting more and better people to your team, or planning out how your team is going to achieve long-term goals. It is important to delegate because no matter how capable you are as a worker, no one is ever meant to work completely alone, because the mental stress of handling all the work alone is unhealthy, and can cause serious issues with mental health.

Always remember that a team can always do more than the individual if the team is working well together, and delegating tasks to your teammates is the way to go for that. It helps your teammates improve at their job by giving them an opportunity to use their skills, giving you a chance to trust them with more confidence on future tasks you delegate, and the effect of this success is cumulative.

Don’t forget to take the specific characteristics of your teammates into consideration before you delegate tasks though; this is to avoid undue mental stress by giving the wrong task to the wrong person. For example, if Bobby is a capable writer, and Linda is an artist, don’t’ give the task of graphic design and layout to Bobby. Delegate the right tasks at the right time, to the right people, and everyone’s mental health will be all right.

Watch Your Clock

 A lot of us watch the clock, praying for the 5 o’clock to roll around so we can race out of work. However, some people carry work home with them whether they mean to or not. They’ll remember their day, and no matter how much they hate their job, they’ll feel poorly about themselves for accomplishing so little. If that pattern keeps up, it can cause mental health issues; dropping self-esteem, poorer decisions, and even severe disorders like anxiety or depression.

Good time management is a powerful counter to this; making the most of your day can fill anyone with good feelings, both about themselves and their work. If John comes into work and wastes too much time on social media, he does not accomplish even half of what he was meant to be doing that day. Later, he’ll go home, and he’ll feel bad for not doing his job, because the stress of meeting those goals cumulatively piles up, and then that burden stresses him out, causing him to physically burn out at work to meet the deadline, and mentally stress himself when he did not have to. This is an example of poor time management.

A better way to manage his time would have been to have ended in mind, and setting them on the clock of his day. If he has a certain number of hours on the job, John should tailor his goals to be met within that time, and keep up the pattern of meeting those goals on time. It will make him feel accomplished and satisfied with himself, along with removing any stress the threat of a deadline may have posed. The difference between a good worker who constantly improves their craft, and a bad worker who just barely scrapes by, is how they manage their time.

Keep Stress Away

Stress is a universal thing when it comes to working; every job in the world has its stressful elements, whether it is your passion or not. The problem with this is, many of us are not all that capable of managing stress, and chronic work stress can lead to physical and mental deterioration. While it’s admirable to keep your nose to the grindstone, it is unhealthy to rub your nose raw for too long.

The first step is finding the triggers of your stress, taking note of them, and then developing healthy reactions to them. If you have an excessive workload, an unhealthy reaction is to stress-eat fast food or chug down alcohol after work. A better reaction would be to exercise, do yoga, or calmly talk to someone about how you feel. This leads us to our next step: talking to your supervisor.

This is not to complain to your boss about how stressed you are; this is to lay down information about what is stressing you out and getting the necessary resources to deal with it effectively and in a healthy manner. Finally, establish a work-life balance. This means that work is not your life; have a life outside of work. Have a healthy sleep schedule, don’t think about work, and use your vacation days. Rest is so important to your mental health, so don’t discount how powerful a good night’s sleep can be towards boosting your productivity and motivation.

Working with Mental Health Training Summary

 Your mental health is absolutely necessary to your productivity and growth in the workplace, and failure to take care of it is detrimental. It is never worth the cost of your sanity to work and sacrifice overmuch. If you see someone at work stressing out and losing mental health, be there for them and help them relax and rest. Talk to them, and you’ll have improved the workplace by that much.

This training course is essential to keeping mental health up, and a workplace positive. This pairs well with other sessions about workplace building, teamwork, and self-care. If you wish to know about our other training courses and services, please contact us. We’re helping teams and companies become their very best selves, and your team could be next.

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