A survey by Paychex revealed that over 40% of respondents are experiencing some combination of mental health, performance, and stress issues since the pandemic began. And while workplace stress was around long before the pandemic, things certainly haven’t improved since. Today, it’s more important than ever that professionals make their mental health and well-being a priority.
Here’s why you should focus on your mental wellness in 2023:
You’ll be more effective
People who are mentally healthy are more effective at their jobs. They experience higher productivity levels, lower absentee levels, and more satisfaction with their work. When you take care of yourself mentally, you perform better. It’s as simple as that. And since stress and anxiety can also affect your life outside of work – worse sleep, less time with family, a poor work-life balance – you’ll want to take steps to ensure your mental wellness for all parts of your life.
You’ll waste less time
When you’re anxious or stressed, it’s harder to get things done. Even if you try to focus and get a task accomplished, you might end up simply spinning the hamster wheel rather than actually getting good work done. When you focus on your mental well-being, you tend to free yourself up to work on things that actually make a difference, rather than just checking things off a list. When you waste less time at work, you’ll have more time for the things you enjoy outside of work, too.
You’ll have better workplace relationships
If you’re disengaged and performing poorly at work, your coworkers and supervisors are going to start to notice. And this will put a strain on your workplace relationships – you’ll be the weak link in the chain if you don’t focus on your mental health and well-being. Don’t let your mental wellness suffer and make your work life more difficult, or – even worse – paint you in a bad light with your boss. Focus on your mental wellness and you’ll find you get along better with everyone around you.
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