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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

How to improve mental health for work productivity?

Health and healthcare have become one of the most alarming issues in recent years as young adults in modern society have to suffer from obesity, depression, cancer, alcoholism, and many other health problems. They directly and negatively affect their working productivity and success.

On the other hand, many people are too busy doing their work and taking care of their social relationships and seem not to care about their health. They always think that career is the most significant thing, it is much more important than a sound sleep and doing exercises. Unfortunately, this is a wrong idea, making them working machines without any health concerns.

Below, we are going to introduce to you 9 ways to improve mental health for enhancing work performance.

1. Keeping the working area clean

Office staffs spend up to one-third of their day at the office. They have to work with machines, equipment, and documents which may contain potential health risks eight hours per day. Other environmental factors such as dirt and bacteria can also make you sick. Therefore, spend time on cleaning carpets, curtains, desktop, keyboard, etc. regularly to maintain a clean and airy working space, which will help you feel comfortable during the day, thereby increasing your work productivity.

You may argue that you are too busy to tidy your table but it will take you only five minutes per day if you maintain this habit regularly. In return, you will have a clean and tidy workspace, which can help you both avoid potential health risks and maintain a good working spirit. It can also create a positive culture throughout the company.

2. Sleeping well
There have been many cautions related to the negative impacts of sleeplessness on people’s health. Many people may understand these negativities but not many of them try their best to sleep well every night. Most people suffering from cancer advise others not to stay up late at night and overwork.

CEO Mark Bertolini of Aetna – a healthcare company which was ranked in the top Fortune 50 with a revenue of $60 billion in 2015 – believes that people who lack sleep are not able to boost the company’s profits or implement complicated negotiation phone calls.

Sleeplessness severely affects brain functions, from memory and concentration to total performance. It is also said to be the cause of obesity, heart diseases, and especially depression. In contrast, sleeping well is proven to help workers improve their problem-solving skills, increase work productivity, and create more profits for the company.

3. Trying to be physically good but don’t force
A leader paying a lot of attention to his employees’ health decided to buy many types of equipment and create a gym at the workplace. He even included workouts in the work schedule. However, this method was not effective and the leader didn’t receive a positive response from his staffs because they felt that they were forced to do so.

Then, he and some other managers had to change the plan – they organized many different activities such as working out at the gym, practicing yoga weekly, morning riding, bowling, etc. and let their staffs choose which activity they wanted to participate in. The result was an increase in the amount of participating employees.

From this story, we can see that doing physical exercise regularly is essential to our health but it should not be forced.

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4. Taking care of mental health
Researchers pointed out that 49% of businessmen had to face at least one mental health issue. Even if you are not diagnosed with any mental conditions, it is useful to talk to a psychiatrist or therapist whenever you feel hard because they know how to help you reduce stress.

5. Avoiding interferes from social networks
If you need to focus, please sign out from email and other social accounts. Create a habit of checking email at a certain time every day, for instance, 30 minutes every beginning of the morning and afternoon. If you have to search for information on the Internet, only open websites with the necessary information, no more than 5 tabs. If you open too many tabs, you cannot focus on what you need to do.

If you see an interesting article but the content is not related to what you are finding, you should note it down on a paper and try to read it during the break.

6. Practicing eye relaxing habits
Practice eye relaxing habits if you have to work with computer and electronic devices day by day as the light from the screen can make your eyes strained. The most popular ways to relax your eyes is to look at a remote point for 10 – 20 seconds and then continuously blinks for 10 seconds. You should repeat this process 5 – 10 times when your eyes strain.

7. Listening to music

Surrounding noise can make you distracted but music is an exception. According to a study, listening to music can help you concentrate on what you are thinking. You should opt for instrumental music and if listening to music is not your company’s culture, wear headphones to not distract others.

8. Drinking a cup of coffee in the morning

Morning coffee not only keeps you awake but also help you concentrate on your work. If you need to solve important tasks in the afternoon, you can also sip a cup of coffee. Drinking an enough of coffee is good for your health and work but if you overuse it, it will cause anxiety, worry, and even distraction. Moreover, remember that coffee is not advisable for improving work productivity and memory. So, consider carefully before using it.

9. Not overworking
Do you have a daily detailed working schedule? Don’t be so greedy to work every time. Your brain needs time to relax and recover. Evenly, you can figure out more wonderful solutions while you are resting.

It is also necessary to create separated working and relaxing hours to increase work performance. Therefore, work hard at the workplace and comfortably enjoy your resting time when you have come back home.

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Health is the greatest gift; each person has only one body and mind; therefore, if you lose it, you will never recover. Many leaders consider health neglect a sacrifice to their work without knowing that it is a bad and unsustainable habit. To be successful, you should not choose between health and achievement; strive for both.

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