As a manager, you’ll have a lot on your plate. You’re responsible for the success of your team, and you’re often juggling multiple projects and deadlines. It’s no wonder that many managers struggle with their mental health.
The good news is that there are things you can do to manage your mental health and still be an effective manager. Here are a few tips:
- Be aware of your own triggers. What are the things that tend to stress you out or make you feel anxious? Once you know your triggers, you can start to develop strategies for avoiding or coping with them.
- Take care of your physical health. Eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly can all help to improve your mental health.
- Set boundaries. It’s important to set boundaries between your work life and your personal life. This means not checking work emails or taking work calls outside of work hours.
- Delegate tasks. Don’t try to do everything yourself. Delegate tasks to your team members so that you can share the workload.
- Train someone to step in. Delegation might not work all the time, but having someone that can pick up the managerial load once in a while will take the pressure off.
- Take breaks. It’s important to take breaks throughout the day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Get up and move around, or step outside for some fresh air. Make hot drinks for your team, they’ll appreciate the gesture.
- Seek professional help if needed. If you’re struggling to manage your mental health on your own, don’t be afraid to seek professional help. A therapist can help you develop coping mechanisms and manage your symptoms.
It’s also important to remember that you’re not alone. Many managers struggle with their mental health. By following these tips, you can start to manage your mental health and become a better manager of your team.
Here are some additional tips for managers who are struggling with their mental health:
- Be open and honest with your team. Let them know that you’re going through a tough time, and that you may need some extra support. If you’ve set the team up well, they will step up and help out.
- Set realistic expectations. Don’t try to do too much too soon. Let your team know that you’re taking some time for yourself, and that you’ll be back to your normal self soon. Make sure you thank the team for taking on extra duties.
- Ask for help when you need it. Don’t be afraid to ask your team members, your manager, or a therapist for help. No one needs to suffer in silence, regardless of what pay grade you may be.
Remember, you’re not alone. There are people who care about you and who want to help. By taking care of your mental health, you’ll be better able to take care of your team.
As always, I am interested in your thoughts and if you have anything extra I may have missed, let me know in my contacts form or comment on this post. Please make sure you’re goal is to be Healthy and Happy, that is all that counts.