In this modern day and age, with pressures and anxieties piled up high, April 24th has been named Scream Day!
Scream Day has been created to help the millions of people who need to let out that pent up frustration, bring some awareness to the health benefits of letting out a big bellow.
If you already feel under pressure, it’s hard to distinguish when ‘stress’ begins to affect your condition, making it worse or bringing on an episode. Many of the symptoms of stress and a mental health condition are similar. The main differences are the severity and duration of the symptoms and the impact they have on your everyday life.
Here are some steps you can take to help at work:
Take action at an early stage
If you feel you have a problem, the sooner you do something about it, the better – it can stop you becoming more unwell. Line managers and colleagues can also play an important role in identifying when colleagues are behaving out of character, so it is best to be cooperative if your line manager approaches you with concerns.
Help your manager to identify problems and needs
It might be that certain tasks, work environments, times of the day or being part of a particular team are linked to your issues. If you feel you have a mental health problem, it is a good idea to raise it with your line manager, HR department or someone else in the workplace.
Here are some steps to take to help you unwind and lessen the stress in your life:
Learn to say no - Respect your boundaries and say no to extra tasks that feel too much
Get plenty of sleep
Maintain physical exercise and good nutrition
Talk to others
Make time to unwind
Stress and mental health conditions do not affect everyone in the same way
Your employer can make adjustments to ease your problems, but only if you give them a better understanding of your situation
Discussions can be positive – you can work out how your employer can help you
Would you like to understand Mental Health more, especially Mental Health First Aid, to be able to recognise those that may be experiencing poor mental health and provide them with first-level support and early intervention?
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