Starting your first job after uni is the beginning of a whole new phase of life. Yet, while student mental health topics are widely discussed, studies on graduate mental health are few and far between. Wondering how you can look after your mental health? Here are a few tips:
1. Have plenty of short breaks while working, including spending some time outside.
2. Take time off when you need it.
3. Talk openly with colleagues and your manager if you’re struggling with the workload.
4. Spend time with friends and family to relax and socialise outside of work.
5. Create boundaries between work and leisure time. Ensure you finish on time and try not to work outside of your contracted hours. This is especially important if you’re working from home, where your living space is also your workspace.
It's also really important to speak to family, friends and loved ones when you’re finding your job too stressful and feel overwhelmed. Don’t be afraid to reach out to mental health support services like these listed people:
Mind – Information and support for a range of mental health issues
• Helpline: 0300 123 3393
• Email firstname.lastname@example.org
• Website: https://www.mind.org.uk/
Anxiety UK – Support for those diagnosed with anxiety
• Helpline: 03444 775 774
• Text service: 07537 416 905
• Website: https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/
Mental Health Foundation – Support and info on mental health problems
• Website: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/
No Panic – Support for those affected by panic attacks and OCD
• General helpline: 0844 967 4848
• Website: nopanic.org.uk
Samaritans – Support for those experiencing feelings of despair or depression
• Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
• Website: https://www.samaritans.org/
With working culture changing so significantly, talking about mental health topics is more crucial than ever, particularly among the graduate age group who are experiencing the effects of work-related stress more than any other working demographic.