Job stress increases the risk of mental health problems and can be reduced by making sure the demands of your job are adequately matched with the resources needed to do the job well.
Some ways to take back control are:
Taking breaks – most of us never take a break or if we do we eat on the run.
- Breaking tasks into smaller tasks.
- Getting adequate training to do the job.
- Don’t rush in to complete a job, spend 2-3 minutes thinking about how you will do it and what you will need to do it.
- Try not to work long hours every day or work day after day without having some down time.
- Eat healthy.
- Wear the safety gear.
- Clarify when the task has to be done by – although management says all jobs need to be done yesterday, when do they need to be done by.
- Give clear instructions.
Why should I look after myself?
Mental Health is a leading cause of worker disability.
- Employed people tend to have better Mental Health than unemployed people.
- Stress reduces our ability to do our job and makes us more likely to get sick.
- Stress increases the likelihood of our having a workplace accident or being the cause of one.
- Affects the skills necessary for work, such as problems with concentration, memory, decision making and motivation.
If you think you may have any sort of mental health problem or are experiencing excessive stress, you should:
- Identify and avoid the stressor/s – accept that things can’t change unless you are proactive in addressing them.
- Talk to your supervisor or manager to find options to reduce the stress.
- Seek professional help and talk to counsellor.
If you are experiencing excessive stress or require further information please contact us.
This article sourced information from https://mhfa.com.au/file/447/download