Stress is a natural part of life. None of us can escape it, and we all have to find ways to manage it. Some stress is healthy as it energizes the brain and encourages us to work hard or achieve a goal. (1)
However, ongoing chronic stress is never healthy and, when not managed, deteriorates mental and physical health.
Caring for mental wellness is critical, not only for physical health but also for its vital role in our levels of happiness, life satisfaction, and success at work. (2)
When we feel mentally sharp and focused, productivity at work is easy. We’ve all had times when we’ve experienced what is known as the “flow” state where ideas come quickly, and we effortlessly produce great work.
On the other hand, when we feel mentally sluggish or down, completing meaningful work can feel impossible. Tasks take twice as long to complete, and our enjoyment of work is much less. This feeling of mental sluggishness can be a result of poor mental health.
The toll of dealing with poor mental health manifests in many different ways. At work, the most common sign is low productivity. (3) Feeling unable to be productive can become a cycle where the lack of productivity is discouraging, causing increased stress and mental strain. This leads to poorer mental health and, in turn, even less productivity.