When Your Job Harms Your Mental Health

Before you talk to your manager about it, you should think about how your proposed solution would work in the context of your team, because this is what your employer will want to know too. In other words, show how your idea will benefit the whole group.

“When you’re really stressed out and have a mental health issue you’re grappling with, it is very difficult to think more broadly about the team,” said John Quelch, dean of Miami Herbert Business School in Coral Gables, Florida. and co-author of the book “Compassionate Management of Mental Health in the Modern Workplace”. Even so, he added, “you have to try to get into your employer’s mind.”

Mental health problems were ubiquitous during the pandemic. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that as of June 2020, 40 percent of adults in the United States were struggling with mental health problems or substance abuse.

It’s okay to be open and admit to yourself and those you trust that you’re in trouble, said Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO of Mental Health America. In fact, he added, “Most good employers will ask, ‘What can I do to help you?'”

You can also choose to keep your concerns private and discuss them with your therapist, and that’s fine, too. Establishing healthy working boundaries is crucial, according to experts.

“Remember that you are a worthy and valuable person, regardless of your job role, productivity, and even how others might evaluate you,” said Dr. Burnett-Zigler. “When feelings of self-doubt and non-belonging arise, don’t lose the unique talents and ideas that you bring to the workplace.”

But say your efforts to improve your emotional wellbeing in your workplace have failed or the work environment has become toxic. In this case, the experts say, it’s probably best to look for another job, especially if you are being mocked, threatened, or verbally abused by a manager.

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