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Why Neglecting Your Mental Health Can Impact Your Career Development

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We have all faced a situation where something bad happened in our personal lives and we needed to keep working. It may have been mild or severe depression, a relationship breakup, or even a conflict with the neighbour. The amount of different factors that can negatively impact our mental health is vast. As a result, they may influence our output during our everyday jobs and even raise the concern of being fired.

I was actually faced with a challenge where I couldn’t meet my career goals because of my poor mental health. The reason for this was that within a six month timespan, a family member was admitted to the hospital, another got divorced after years of marriage which led him to clinical depression, and on top of that, I was left by the person I had decided to spend the rest of my life with.

As you would expect, my focus during that time was on different things rather than trying to feel good. However, this may have also been my biggest blunder.

If faced with personal adversity, avoid going into mental loops and ruining your career – among other life aspects – by taking care of yourself. The pain will most probably remain for some time and that’s absolutely normal since we are human beings.

Neglecting your mental health can cause a number of serious performance issues at work and affect how our employer, clients or colleagues perceive you.

Let’s see what the mistakes one can make are and how to avoid them:

1. You will repeatedly make mistakes

Have you ever tried to get out of the car with your seatbelt still on? Well, that’s because your mind was probably wandering somewhere else. Imagine however how severe this would be at work.

In fact, a study surveying nurses with sub-optimal mental health, showed that they were 26 to 71 percent more likely to make a medical error when compared to their healthier peers.

Constantly thinking about your personal situation or life hardships will most naturally result in making mistakes one after another. Your boss or clients will eventually start questioning the quality of your work.

2. You will be inconsistent on how you apply yourself

Consistency is key when it comes to career progression. This is because we are required to show the same level of character, technical expertise and even business acumen on a daily basis.

For example, what would the impact be if the performance of a top football player fluctuated between games? Consistency essentially translates to three main things: credibility and reputation of your name or business, accountability of your actions and measurement of your performance.

In case something goes wrong, try to be mentally strong and maintain the same level of output from day to day until the storm passes.

“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” – Dwayne Johnson

3. Your productivity levels will plunge at a dramatic rate

Productivity is often associated with high motivation and mood levels. Hence, poor mental health will most certainly translate into insufficient amounts of work and low performance levels.

In fact, a UK report from the chief medical officer for England, revealed that the number of sick days taken due to stress, depression and anxiety, increased by 24% between 2009 and 2013.

Being productive when having to deal with personal problems is indeed an extraordinary trial. The important thing to remember though is that with time, you will get back to your previous norms and produce the same results as before.

4. You will become moody and difficult to communicate with

Another change you will notice when neglecting your well-being is a foul mood and poor communication skills. Have you ever been in a situation where someone was too harsh on you because they had a bad day? This somewhat unexpected behaviour could exponentially increase from day to day unless you set your mind to solve what’s wrong.

In times of personal adversity, you may see changes in how you support your arguments, collaborate with others or even receive feedback. This kind of attitude may even cause some kind of inconvenience or even awkwardness in the team. Remember to focus not only on smiling but also on what and how you articulate your opinion.

“Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success.” – Paul J. Meyer

Takeaway Message

The good news is that all of the above can be somewhat dealt with. Maybe not entirely, as the pain will still be there, but everyone can increase their mental strength through difficult times – the relevant situation may even be the precursor for self-development.

My top 5 tips to follow when faced with hardships and still have to progress in your career include:

  • Ask for help and mental support
  • Let your colleagues know of the situation
  • Embrace your relationships with friends and family
  • Engage in relaxation activities like deep breathing, yoga and reading
  • Practice acceptance of the events

How do you deal with personal hardships when at work? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Marios Kokolakis is a health motivation blogger and Content Manager at Brain Sharp; a fitness and nutrition blog promoting organic brain health supplements for concentration and productivity. His goal is to share his passion for health and fitness through blogging, while motivating people to pursue their dreams by applying different healthy lifestyle tips.

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10 Tips to Deal With Negativity While Starting a Business

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There are ups and downs in business but fearing failures can stop you from taking your first step towards excellence. With pandemic on tow, aspiring entrepreneurs feel a little stuck when ideating a business prospect. Here, we give you some actionable tips to deal with negativity while starting a business, even during situations like a pandemic. We also took the liberty to throw in some amazing book recommendations that’ll help you enjoy the process of being positive and achieving your business goals.

10 Tips to deal with negativity while starting a business in a pandemic

1. Get a mentor

The first thing to do as a new business owner is to find the right kind of mentor. That person could be someone in your industry or in general who you look up to. The guidance must be apt for your business, and it should be a mutual responsibility of sharing knowledge. 

2. Two big R’s – Routine and Refresh

Made a mess of something? Try to reboot the situation and make it work. Take a break once in a while and refresh yourself if you feel stuck or your ideas feel mundane. Plan a routine and stick to them – both personal and professional. Having a routine can increase productivity and engage in more activities apart from your pre-planned schedule. 

3. Inculcate problem-solving mentality

Do not panic once you are thrown a problem. Arrange a meeting with the respective party, listen to both sides of the stories, and make a decision that is more realistic and feasible. 

4. Hire half and half

Whenever you hire someone for your business. Make sure that half of the people contradict your ideas, and the other half have the same mindset as yours. The people who contradict can bring in more valuable points and their perspective might take the discussion to a whole new level.  Don’t take too much time finding the perfect one. Hire an apt person who can have the right attitude. 

5. Network, Network, and Network

Find like-minded people and mingle with them. Be more sportive in the learning process. Listen more and talk less – if you are a beginner. You can only be a constructive person who gives input to someone if you have listened to everyone’s point of view. If you feel down, your network might have something to uplift your mood and change your perspective on something. 

“Negativity, in general, is one of the things that holds people back, and you have to see what’s holding you back to get away from it.” – Lucy Dacus

6. Tech-savvy personnel

Learn a thing or two about the latest technology that you implement in your organization. Since the world revolves around technology, make sure your administrative authority knows as well.  

7. Don’t schedule a meeting, that could have been an email

Yes! I said it. Having unnecessary meetings will weaken the purpose of having a constructive discussion. Having back-to-back meetings drains the team members and yourself too. Always have a 10 to 15 minutes break between each meeting to feel refreshed and give your 100%. 

8. Have a pros and cons list

Always, I mean always have a pros and cons list. Let’s say one of your team members pitch an idea to improve the marketing strategies starting next month. Jot down the pros and cons before approving or rejecting it point-blank. It’s a systematic way of making a decision. 

9. Track your finances

Even if you have a team of accountants and auditors, make sure that you are present (both mentally and physically) – learn if you are not aware of it. Trusting your employees is a must, but not overseeing the records is a mistake that should be avoided. 

10. Remember your “why?”

At some point in your hectic schedule or not having ME time can get to you. During those tough times – ask yourself – “Why am I doing this?”. If you can answer this question with a valid explanation, you’ll feel energized. Because “A purpose drives you”. 

5 Best books to read to be more positive as an entrepreneur

Reading always puts me into perspective. Therefore, I took some liberty to give a sample of positivity and determination through words. 

These are the 5 books that’ll guide you to be a more positive and successful entrepreneur. 

  1. Attitude is everything by Jeff Keller – The decisions you make, the routine you set for yourself, and the affirmations you say to yourself every day are going to make a huge difference. If you feel tired, hopeless, and quitting – then this book is for you to boost you up!
  2. Mindset: The new psychology of success by Carol Dweck – You do what you think. In this book, the author talks about two mindsets: The growth mindset and the fixed mindset and what they’ll do to you respectively. She helps you recognize your mindset and change it for the better. 
  3. Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen – This book is about technology uprisings all over the world and businesses that adopted and implemented technology in their firm. The author teaches you that just because your competitors and others are adopting something into their businesses doesn’t mean that you have to as well. Make an informed decision. 
  4. As A Man Thinketh by James Allen – This book specifically is about the power of thought and how it shapes your life into a more meaningful and fulfilling one.
  5. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – The author talks about how people always keep thinking about what the future holds but then forget to live and enjoy the present. And also helps us understand how to make decisions more efficiently based on the present. 

Working towards inner balance requires consistency and perseverance. So does hard and smart work. Being negative is a part of our lives. It’s important to channel it appropriately and make things happen despite the roller coaster ride that is our lives. Hope you overcome your fears and negativity to shine bigger and brighter. Cheers! 

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