Sunday was “World Mental Health Day,” and while I’m not a huge celebrator of the 9,456 awareness and celebration days that have popped up on the calendar, I think this one is worth talking about.
This time of year can be tough on mental health. Shorter days, cooler weather, and the holidays can take their tolls. So can your career.
I think we often discount how significant a role our professional environment plays on our overall well-being and mental health. If you work a 9 – 5 job, you spend your time working (or getting to work, ready for work, or thinking about work!) more than you do anything else in life. It plays a much larger role in our happiness than we give credit.
Are you in a hostile work environment? Do you even know what that looks like? Gaslighting, minimizing, discrimination, and micromanagement are just some of the warning signs your work culture is sub-par.
Take stock of your career situation.
If you’re experiencing any of the above, you could be in a professional situation that is not good for your overall health. Moreover, experiencing this kind of workplace toxicity in the past can creep up and impact your career future! I like to call that Career PTSD.
From unexpected firings to micromanagement, harassment, or long-haul unsuccessful job searches, a lot of things can cause Career PTSD.
But…there is hope!
Turning around a job search or identifying exactly the right ways to evaluate a workplace’s culture are just two small ways to chip away at that little devil on your shoulder telling you that you don’t deserve better.
One of the things I love about coaching is helping people find those places while rebuilding the confidence it takes to step into a better future.
If your evaluation shows you’re in a less-than-ideal situation, I hope you’ll take this just a little kick to start exploring better options.
Your friend and coach,
PS: October also happens to be Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Foster would love for you to save a furry friend like him and give them a warm, loving home!
PPS: Pets are proven to reduce stress and anxiety; yay for mental health!