Prioritise your mental health within your warehouse role
Warehouse & industrial jobs are often fast-paced and demanding, making it crucial to prioritise your mental health while working in such an environment. Balancing productivity and well-being is key to maintaining a positive outlook and thriving in these roles.
According to Champion Health, around 64% of employed people are experiencing some levels of anxiety, stress, and depression in their daily lives. Mental health issues have accounted for approximately 12.7% of all sickness absences in the UK workforce in the past year (New Leaf Health).
In this blog, we’ll explore practical strategies to help you look after your mental health within your workplace, to ensure your wellbeing is looked after.
A structured routine can provide stability and reduce stress in warehouse roles. Establish a daily schedule that includes time for rest, meals, exercise, and relaxation. Having a routine can help you maintain a sense of control over your work and personal life.
Physical activity is a great tool for improving mental health. Despite the physical demands of a warehouse job, consider incorporating regular exercise into your routine. Even short walks during breaks or stretching exercises can help relieve stress and boost your mood.
Mindfulness techniques, such as meditation and deep breathing exercises, can help you stay grounded and reduce anxiety in a fast-paced environment. Dedicate a few minutes each day to practice mindfulness and reset your mental state.
Proper nutrition and hydration play a significant role in mental health. Try to consume a balanced diet with plenty of water. Avoid excessive caffeine or sugary drinks, as they can lead to energy crashes and mood swings.
Building positive relationships with your co-workers can provide a strong support system in a warehouse job. Share experiences, offer help, and seek assistance when needed. Social connections can reduce feelings of isolation and stress.
Even in a busy warehouse environment, taking short breaks is crucial for mental health. Use your designated break times to rest, relax, and recharge. Step outside for fresh air if possible and avoid spending your entire break on your phone or other digital devices.
Set achievable goals for yourself within your role. Celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how small, to maintain a sense of achievement and motivation.
Use your warehouse job as an opportunity to learn and grow. Seek out training or certifications that can enhance your skills and make you more marketable in the job market. Gaining new skills can boost your self-esteem and prospects.
Challenge-trg Skills are advocates in workplace training, helping individuals upskill and progress into the next stage of their careers, find out more here.
Pay attention to your stress levels and seek help if needed. If work-related stress becomes overwhelming, consider talking to a Challenge-trg onsite consultant about potential accommodations or support services.
Challenge-trg Group have partnered with Able Futures, who deliver the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service which can give you a mental health professional to talk to about whatever is on your mind.
While your current job may be temporary, it’s essential to think about your long-term goals and career aspirations. Use this time to explore your interests and plan your next steps, whether that involves further education or a different career path.
Working in a warehouse job can be challenging, but it’s possible to maintain your mental health and well-being by implementing these strategies. By setting realistic expectations, staying physically active, practicing mindfulness, and building a support system, you can navigate the demands of your temporary role while safeguarding your mental health. Remember that your well-being is paramount, and taking care of your mental health is a valuable investment in your future success.
If you feel you could benefit from some support with your mental health and wellbeing, call Able Futures on 0800 321 3137 or visit www.able-futures.co.uk to find out more about the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service and sign up online.
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