Mental Health Awareness Week 15th – 21st May 2023 is all about Anxiety.
Employers recognise that Mental Health and Anxiety is a big thing in their teams and Anxiety can happen for many reasons such as;
- Worries about job performance
- Working excessive hours
- Upcoming deadlines to be met
- Toxic workplace cultures
- Worries about job security
- Social situations
- A change in our health
If you are experiencing Anxiety you may be suffering with symptoms such as;
- A drop in performance
- Not appearing engaged in your work and poor productivity
- Missing days of work
- Stomach upset
- Not sleeping well
- Sweating, faster breathing, restlessness, increased heart rate, feeling week or tired
It is important to remember that anxiety affects us all differently and that everyone experiences anxiety in different ways.
Luckily there are many things you can do and Employers can do to manage your anxiety and stress at work.
For example Employers can train and educate their employees in Mental Health Awareness Training that helps train employees to build awareness and be more aware of what can help or harm the wellbeing of themselves and others, whether this is at work or in the home. Mental Health Awareness training also provides the tools to help spot when others may need a conversation around their wellbeing or the need for more specialized support.
The Mental Health Foundation recognise that dealing with anxiety is hard and suggest the following actions that could be of benefit to you.
- Focus on your breathing
- Get moving
- Keep a diary
- Challenge your thoughts
- Get support for money worries
- Spend time in nature
- Connect with people and talk about how you feel
- Try to get some quality sleep or rest
- Try to eat healthy diet
Download these tips here
Finally, remember that If you’re still struggling with feelings of anxiety, it is important to reach out for professional support from an experienced mental health practitioner.
For further information and support can be found here