Have you ever wondered about your mental health as it relates to your job?
Your mental health affects how you feel, think, and act. Take this quiz to see if it might be time to improve your mental health.
- Read each question
- Choose the response that most closely fits your situation
- Upon completion, follow the instructions to reveal your level of mental health
(Don’t worry. If you’re a mess, we offer plenty of tips to get you back on track.
1. When you wake up in the morning, are you…
- a) Excited to get to work?
- b) Dreading the workday?
- c) Numb and just do what you have to do?
2. When you first get to work, do you…
- a) Jump right into a task?
- b) Procrastinate because you can’t bear to start?
- c) Take your time and eventually start working?
3. When a coworker talks to you, do you…
- a) Enjoy having communication?
- b) Cringe and want to be left alone?
- c) Smile, but move on?
4. When your boss or manager talks to you, do you…
- a) Appreciate the communication?
- b) Want to scream and run away?
- c) Listen politely and then carry on?
5. If you think of your workload, you think…
- a) ”I’m motivated by the challenge!”
- b) ”I just got tossed into the ocean with cement shoes”
- c) ”This is what my hamster must feel like on his wheel.”
6. When you think of your workspace, you think…
- a) “It’s really a pleasant space.”
- b) ”I’d rather be in a dungeon with rats and snakes.”
- c) ”I don’t pay much attention. It’s fine.”
7. Do you spend most of your workday thinking about…
- a) Your job, your family, and how you will spend the weekend?
- b) How miserable you are and how you can’t wait to get out of there?
- c) Your job, your family, and your problems?
8. Is your workspace…
- a) Neat and organized?
- b) Like the aftermath of a tornado site?
- c) Messy, but you can find things if you have to?
9. Do you feel appreciated or positively acknowledged for the work you do?
- a) Absolutely
- b) Never
- c) Sometimes
10. How many times in the past year have you taken sick days?
- a) between 0 and 3
- b) between 4 and 7
- c) between 8 and 15
11. Which best describes your daily experience at work?
- a) Grateful for the job and you typically enjoy your day
- b) Worst part of my day
- c) It is what it is
Congratulations on completing the test (and you didn’t even have to study!)
Tally up how many questions you answered with an “a”, “b”, and “c”.
If you answered all 12 questions with an “a”, then you are rockin’ it with an abundance of positive mental health. You also, seemingly, have a great job! Keep up the terrific attitude and may good health and many bonuses remain in your future.
If you answered 6 or more questions with an “a”, your mental health at work is in pretty good shape. It seems as if you like your job for the most part. Perhaps you have an occasional awkward moment with a coworker or manager. You can improve your well-being by using your break time to take a walk or read a book—find a quiet zone to relieve stress during the workday.
If you answered 8 or more questions with a “c”, you may feel a little disconnected. Your mental health could be improved. Perhaps you are too passive. Do you want to feel better at work? Do you want to enjoy your job? It might be time to improve your communication skills. Find ways to address what’s bothering you in an appropriate but direct way. Once you become a bigger part of your company, you will feel more alert and passionate.
If you answered mostly “a” and “c”, fret not, because your work mental health glass is still half-full. Although there are issues, you can improve your situation by altering a few small things. Perhaps you feel isolated on the job. Or, maybe you don’t feel properly trained or supported. Or maybe you are fairly motivated and others around you are dragging you down. Take a couple of minutes each day to “meditate” in your workspace. You don’t have to sit cross-legged—just close your eyes and go within. Take a few deep breaths. You will feel renewed and your mental energy will be boosted.
If you answered mostly “b” and “c”, you may be struggling more than you need to be. It appears you are not particularly happy, and you’ve given up caring somewhat. It will be a change, but the first step to improving your mental health at work is to focus on the good. It may be a challenge to come up with anything positive off the bat, but don’t stop searching. Even if you like the air conditioning, a particular customer, or that you don’t have to work on the weekend—pick something that pleases you. Also, if your workspace is messy, spend a little time getting organized. You will feel proud and will certainly be more productive.
If you answered 9 or more questions with a “b”, it might be time to seek new employment. But, before you blame all your anger or misery on your job, check to see if some of the negativity is coming from within. One thing you can do to improve your mental health at work is to focus on the present. Try not to think of all the distressing things bothering you outside of work. Attempt to stay in the moment and give the job (and yourself) a chance. Put warm, happy photos around your workspace. If you are permitted, play music in the background. There are many ways you can create a more positive experience for yourself, even if the environment isn’t ideal.
Dr. Dave Campbell Commentary:
The Surgeon General of the United States has described the categories of well-being that affect quality-of-life. Self-perceived health, social-connectedness as well as physical and mental health are three of them. Each can be fostered by a healthy, happy and productive workplace. As a physician, I have many patients tell me something like, “Doc, it feels like I’m always at work with no time for myself or my family and friends”. Odds are that nearly as much time of your time is spent on the job as at home-awake that is.
Remind yourself that it could be worse. Many countries are not as prosperous as the United States. Many people in this country and across the world don’t even have jobs to go to. Take a hard look at your own circumstances in the workplace. Look for the good and foster them. Identify those factors that make for a bad day at work and make them better-with effort.
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