Meet Nath, a social entrepreneur who led the charity Mental Health Monster for three years, aiming to break barriers and promote good mental health. Through workshops, bespoke guides, and impactful campaigns, Nath tackled the stigma surrounding mental health. Alongside career triumphs, Nath grappled with his own mental health challenges - navigating anxiety disorder, perfectionism, self-sabotage, and stress. Now, Nath shares five vital tips for managing mental health at work. Keep reading and find out how to prioritise your mental wellbeing!
Nathan Jackson, founder of Mental Health Monster CIC
Hi, I’m Nath! I spent three years running a social enterprise, Mental Health Monster CIC, that aimed to shatter the stigma, break the barriers and guide people towards good mental health. We did this through a number of avenues, such as delivering workshops, writing bespoke mental health guides and overseeing various projects and campaigns.
This involved numerous high points, such as our tailored beer mat campaign, our youth-led hip-hop track and receiving various recognition awards. Though as with everything, to enjoy the high points we had to experience the lows. Which, as you’d expect, taught me a whole load about managing my mental health at work.
Staying on top of my mental health was actually one of the biggest challenges that I faced throughout the whole process. Especially when having to keep my monster, an anxiety disorder, at bay. Aside from the usual perfectionism, self-sabotage and stress that can come with wanting things to go well.
The knowledge I gained in doing this would be wasted if it wasn’t shared with you, not least because I believe that absolutely everyone should have access to the necessary tools to keep on top of their mental health.
So here are 5 tips for managing your mental health at work!
Build Proper Routines
One of the best ways to manage stress at work is to leave it where it belongs; at work. And a great way to do this is to build a solid routine that is made up of habits, structure, prioritisation and, most importantly, life.
Whilst routines can be difficult to get into, they allow for your brain to automate many tasks and therefore help to reduce the impact of stress and lead you to feel much less overwhelmed.
Looking after your mental health on autopilot? It’s a no brainer.
A routine that is good for your mental health will include actions for each of these four things:
- Body Care (e.g. eating, sleeping, exercise etc.)
- Achievement (e.g. working, errands, studying etc.)
- Connection (e.g. chatting with friends/ family etc.)
- Enjoyment (e.g. hobbies/ interests)
Listen To Your Body
Most of the time, if you’re struggling with your mental health then your body will tell you.
For example, anxiety can manifest itself in a number of ways, including:
- Chest Pain
- Ringing Ears
- Jaw Pain
- Circulation Issues
- Muscle Aches
- Changes in Body Temperature
- Upset Stomachs
- Your gut will also have a lot to say and listening to it would be wise
Pay attention to how you’re feeling when you’re in or thinking about work. If any of the signs persist then it might be time to re-evaluate your goals or speak with someone that can support you in the workplace.
If you’re struggling with your mental health and the symptoms last for over two weeks, you may want to think about seeking some professional support. Why not arrange an appointment with your GP? There are tons of apps, websites, people and resources online that can support you alongside this. Here are some of my favourites:
Dr. Julie Smith (@drjulie on Instagram and @drjuliesmith on TikTok) posts frequently about anxiety and stress management with real and actionable tips that can often be used anywhere
- Mental Health at Work provide heaps of resources, tools and case studies for anyone in the workplace that can inform workplace practices and help individuals.
- Mind also provide free, downloadable mental health resources to promote staff wellbeing.
Thanks for reading and best of luck managing your mental health at work!
Thank you so much Nath!
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