In recent years, there has been more focus on our mental health. Our mental well-being is imperative in order to enjoy a decent quality of life. The stresses of the modern workplace; demands, targets, projections, forecasts, job security and a pressure to perform, means that anyone can suffer from poor self-esteem. The important thing is to learn how to control your poor self-esteem.
Can poor self-esteem affect my job?
It’s important to feel confident and good about yourself in any job. We may sometimes feel that our contribution is undervalued by our colleagues. Poor self-esteem in the workplace can lead to a poor performance at work, which itself can lead to other problems, creating a vicious cycle. You may be at risk of an accident at work or other work-related injury.
How can I boost my self-esteem?
We all need that extra boost of confidence sometimes. It’s important not to let poor self-esteem affect your performance in the workplace. Here are some of the ways you can help to combat poor self-esteem:
- Being well rested: A good night’s sleep is an important part of feeling good about ourselves. Sleep helps to detoxify the brain of harmful proteins which can cause stress.
- Exercise: A healthy lifestyle is key to feeling good about yourself. Try to keep active for at least 30 minutes per day. It can sometimes be difficult to fit 30 minutes of activity into an already tight work schedule and family life, but little changes can make all the difference. Cycle to work in the morning if possible. Take the stairs instead of the lift. Exercise releases endorphins which helps us to relax and feel better about ourselves.
- Diet: Our diet can be a big factor in how we feel about ourselves. With a hectic work schedule it can sometimes be difficult to cook a decent, healthy meal for yourself. Try to avoid unhealthy snacks and temptations in the workplace.
- Meditation: What may work for others may not work for you, and it’s important to find your own personal niche to help alleviate stress. One of the more unconventional methods of beating stress is by meditating. Meditation releases beta-endorphins which are essential in regulating our mood.
If you feel that your work environment is causing you undue stress and hardship, then you may able to claim compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is here to help. Our lines are open 24/7 and a friendly, professional adviser is waiting to take your call on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown