If you are reading this and wondering why #wellbeing is part of this section, then you should keep reading on to understand the full impact that our work and working environment has on our personal and mental wellbeing. Mental health is often very underestimated by employers, parents, and friends, as it is not easily detected and recognised. Often the early symptoms of not being well are associated with temporary stress or temporary fatigue but then a few month later the symptoms do not go away and your mind is still not feeling better.
What if it is not just stress? What if it is more than that?
As someone who has once been on a medical leave, as a cause of bullying at work, I can tell you are not alone in this and you need to put yourself first in such situations. If you are feeling ill-treated or your work being undermined and not appreciated, or a colleague is bullying you by their behaviour take an action and speak. I would advise to do the following:
If you feel that none of the above have helped you to overcome this challenge, re-evaluate the situation.
With experience, you would probably find at least one solution by starting to be aware and recognising these as rising issues.
Sometimes, there would be no issue and you would be perfectly happy at work and yet still feel like you need a change to be happy. Imagine that you have your dream job, and your life is a picture perfect and yet you'd feel like something is missing from it. This would make your morale lower and result in lack of motivation. Whilst there is no external influence on your behaviour, internally your mental wellbeing is being affected and it is ok to accept that you are not doing well and that it is not caused by anyone but it just comes from within. Listen to your gut feeling and if it tells you to jump - then jump!
Balancing work and life is a challenge that we learn to overcome with time and experience. Some of us use sports as a measure of stress release, others turn to their loved ones for support. No matter what you choose as your source of re-charge, make sure you have something to lean on.
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