Work is called work for a reason, and there are plenty of things in the workplace that can generate mental stress. Whether it be impending deadlines, strict and overly demanding bosses, or even tricky coworkers, these pressing issues can do a number on you emotionally and mentally. While no one likes to look at their own reflection, it’s sometimes good to do a self-examination to see if any toxic behaviors could be causing a negative mental state while at work. Here are four ways you could be demotivating yourself.
If you feel like you need to read over an email repeatedly before you send it off, or you can’t submit a project without ensuring that every I is dotted and every T is crossed, you could be introducing yourself to workplace perfectionism which could be detrimental. If you hold yourself to standards that are unattainable while at work, you are going to ultimately make yourself miserable, and even pose the risk of depression.
Spending your work time comparing yourself to your colleagues could be risky for a variety of reasons. If you are continually looking at what your coworkers have that you don’t, or what they do that you don’t, you are setting yourself up for constant disappointment, and forget to take a look at the great things that you do bring to the table. The consistent comparisons cause your self-esteem to plummet, which has a negative impact on your productivity, and your mental state.
Nobody expects you to work like a robot while you’re in the office. You might think that not taking any breaks looks good, but the effect it has is anything but that. Breaks are there for a reason. It’s essential that you give your mind time to relax; you are a human being. Without the proper breaks, your productivity levels decrease, and you can cause yourself to get burnt out, which could be unhealthy.
Taking part in workplace gossip might seem like a good idea at the time, but it breeds a hostile workplace environment, creates thoughts of guilt and paranoia, and can have you wondering if you’re a target of gossip yourself. The best thing to do to avoid a mental strain is to avoid the gossip all together and focus on the work that you’re getting paid to do.
Taking care of yourself is what’s going to help you get further at work. When you set realistic expectations, give yourself the required rest that you need, don’t compare yourself to others and stay away from gossip, you’re creating a positive work environment for you. If you find that you can’t break out of unhealthy workplace habits, try consulting with your Human Resources department. They are there to provide you with the help that you need.