Many people find going to work is good for their mental health.
It can help you look after your mental health by providing:
I found work helps me to maintain an important part of my identity – separate from the illness. It’s still me in here.
At times you may find that your work is affected because of your mental health problem. For instance, if you are experiencing hypomania, you might find it difficult to concentrate. But by making a few changes, and with support from your employer, work can be a positive experience.
Figuring out what type of work suits your needs can help you feel better able to manage your mental health while working. When deciding what sort of work would suit you, you might want to think about:
I find it useful to create spaces in the day when I can stop, reflect and address some of the difficulties in the day
Good stress management is important in the workplace. If you often
experience feelings of stress, you might be at risk of developing a mental
health problem, like depression or anxiety, and stress can also make
existing problems worse. Building resilience can help you to adapt to
I try to keep each task short and clear, take breaks when getting tired and be polite, honest and empathic with the people I work with.
You don’t need to cope with stress alone. Here are some general things you can try:
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