Looking after your mental health at work

Considering how much time we spend at work, it’s not surprising that our jobs can have a significant impact on our mental health.

Taking steps to look after your wellbeing can help you deal with pressure, and reduce the impact that stress has on your life.

Even though there are likely to be some things happening in your life that you can't control, there are still lots of practical things you can do to manage the amount of pressure you're under day to day.

Here are some tips and advice for how you can reduce stress and take care of your wellbeing.

Take a deep breath

Learning to breathe more deeply can make you feel a lot calmer and increase your sense of wellbeing. Take five minutes to try out this simple breathing exercise. Once you've got the hang of it you can use this technique anywhere - at work, at home or on the bus or tube - anytime you feel your stress level rising or need a moment of calm.

Dealing with stress at work

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Stress at work is common, but you don't need to cope with it alone.

Read our advice on dealing with stress at work.

Exploring relaxation

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Exploring relaxation can help when you’re feeling stressed or worried.

See how relaxation can fit into your daily life.

Stress in everyday life

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If you often become overwhelmed by stress, these feelings could start to be a problem.

Read our information on stress and mental health problems

Use a Wellness Action Plan

Wellness Actions Plans (WAPs) are an easy, practical way of helping you to support your own mental health at work.

Our guide will help you think about what good mental health looks like for you and when you might need support.

Find out more and download our guide to WAPs.

Information for your employer

Everyone should have their mental health and wellbeing supported at work. We have a number of ways we can support your employer to make their workplace more mentally healthy.

Our advice for employers

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