By: Stan Popovich
Do you struggle with your mental health and your not sure how to discuss your situation with your business colleagues? It can be challenging to get others to better understand your mental health struggles while maintaining some degree of privacy.
As a result, here are seven suggestions on how to talk with the people you work with regarding your mental health.
1. Listen to the professionals and not your friends: Your coworkers may mean well, but when it comes down to it, the professionals are aware of your circumstances more than anyone. A counselor knows what you are going through and can help you deal with your problems. When you have questions about your mental health, consult with a counselor.
2. Don’t argue with your colleagues: It is important that you do not get into arguments with those who are giving you a rough time. Your number one priority is to get relief from your anxieties. It is not your job to worry about how the people you work with may view your circumstances. Your health is more important than what other people may think.
3. Your goal is to get better: Concentrate on how you can face your fears and anxieties in your life. Don’t waste your time arguing with your colleagues who are giving you a difficult time. This isn’t a public relations event where you need to get approval from everyone. Your main focus is to get relief from your anxieties and other fear related issues.
4. You are not alone: It can be very frustrating to manage your mental health when the people you know are on your case. Remember, you are not alone. There are millions of people around the world who struggle with their fears, anxieties, and depression. In addition, be careful on what you say to your coworkers. In the best case scenario, just say that your dealing with a lot of stress which many people can relate to.
5. Attend a mental health support group: There are many mental health awareness support groups in your area. Many hospitals, churches, and counselors in your area will be able to provide you with a list of these organizations. These groups will be aware of your situation and can give you additional advice regarding any problems you may have in the workplace.
6. Ask others to learn about your situation: Explain to your peers that the best way for them to help you is to learn about your mental health issues. They could talk to a counselor, read some good books, or join a support group to better understand your situation. Remember, that many of your coworkers probably have struggled with fear and anxiety some time in their life even if they might not want to admit it.
7. Hang out with the right people: Distance yourself from those who won’t make an effort to help understand what you are going through. You need to surround yourself with positive and supportive people. If you have problems or issues with a particular person, you can always ask someone you trust for some advice.
Stan is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear” which will help you discover a variety of techniques that can drastically improve your mental health. For more information, please visit Stan’s website at http://www.managingfear.com
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