How to Balance your Personal and Professional Development with your Mental Health

Many things can affect your mental health and with the stress of day to day life being talked about, a lot, it is so important to take time out to concentrate on your mental health. So with this in mind, how do you balance your mental health with your personal and professional development? 

We are increasingly living very busy day to day lives with commuting, work, families, relationships and friendships, which in turn is contributing to time being taken away from our own wellbeing. Your mental health should be balanced between your everyday life but so many feel this is difficult to do - it doesn’t have to be! There are many ways to do this that don’t involve lots of money and shouldn’t take up too much time. Starting to do little things everyday will make a big difference to your mental health. Exercise can help with your self-esteem and keeps your brain and other vital organs healthy! Having a favourite activity to do can make this easier, improves your confidence and in turn makes you feel good. Also, having a well balanced diet ensures your brain gets the correct nutrients it needs. Talking about your feelings can do wonders for your problems, after all, a problem shared is a problem halved! Read more about the different ways mentalhealth.org recommend to look after your mental health here.

When it comes to your professional life, taking time out for your mental health can be harder. According to research 1 in 6people are experiencing mental health problems at work. Working your hardest to be the best employee, to some people may mean long hours or taking on extra work, but in the long run this isn’t feasible for your mental wellbeing. Just like your personal life, balancing your mental health in your professional life is just as important as it reflects on both your behaviour at work and at home! So what ways can be implemented to balance your mental health in your professional life?

Regular breaks are important, whatever job you do, and having frequent breaks ensures that you are able to give 100% to the work you do. Try to get outside on your break too, a change of scenery and fresh air can do wonders for your state of mind. 

It’s important to have good communication within your workplace and recommending team building exercises can help morale and re-energise teams that are becoming a bit lethargic in the workplace! At High Performance Development we offer activity team building days, making them exciting, fun, and allows colleagues to let off some steam outside of the office. To find out more, go to our website here.

It goes without saying that good mental health in the workplace can stem from offered opportunities such as training facilities and training days. Having these opportunities allows you to get out of the office and learn something new. Brain stimulation and doing something you enjoy is great for your mental health, as well as feeling valued in the workplace! If you’re thinking of including these within your workplace or giving it a mention to higher management, check out the training opportunities we have available on our website

Did you know that anxiety and depression are estimated to have caused one fifth of days lost from work? If any of these points aren’t something already done in your workplace, take it up with management and let them know that these improvements can significantly improve the productivity of everyone in your workplace and reduce sick days taken for mental health problems. 

In both your personal and professional life, your mental health matters and whilst it is Mental Health Awareness Week, you should take care of your mental health every day of the year! Learn more about mental health by checking out the wide range of mental health charity websites below. Remember everyone has ‘mental health’!  

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/

https://www.mind.org.uk/

https://mentalhealth-uk.org/

https://www.rethink.org

https://www.headstogether.org.uk/

If you are looking to offer inspiring training and development, and leadership courses that will help your team in the workplace as well as on their future career path, please contact us on 01329 836 647 or drop us an email to info@highperformancedevelopment.co.uk.

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