Although employees may have less of an impact in changing the company culture, employees can certainly take their mental wellness into their own hands and encourage those around them to do the same.
- Take a break
Downtime—or taking a break—is necessary. Contrary to the definition of productivity, the very act of “doing nothing” is an important precursor to doing something; that’s why it’s essential that workplaces embrace more breaks. Not only does taking a break from your desk improve your mental clarity, your motivation and your creativity, but it also reduces your risk of heart disease, diabetes, depression, and much more. Remember that working longer does not necessarily equal working better—remind yourself to take a break from time to time to give yourself time to relax and come back to your desk refreshed.
- Try to separate your work self and your non-work self
In the age of constant communication, it’s incredibly easy to always be working and readily accessible to your team. Try to limit yourself from endlessly checking your email or your Slack channels after you’re “off the clock.” For those who work remotely or set their own schedules, it can be challenging to set times to stop working when the work world is always accessible and waiting—but remind yourself to take a break. Turn off your notifications and let yourself live.
- Avoid multitasking
We’ve all heard this before—multitasking isn’t productive. Try to turn your computer on Do Not Disturb or mute your notifications for a few hours. The notifications from Slack and email never end, so it’s up to you to decide when you need space to focus without distractions.
In the end, regardless of your job or your workplace culture, it’s essential to prioritize your mental wellness in your work. It might be hard to create a new habit—like that ten-minute walk around the block—but it’s valuable for your work and your productivity.