Work can make us feel good about ourselves and give us a sense of purpose; it's an important way to help us to protect and improve our mental health and wellbeing. However, sometimes work and life stress can negatively affect our mental health and our ability to do our jobs.
Mental health is not fixed or static. It is sometimes talked about as a continuum or a range, where good mental health is at one end of the spectrum – characterised by feeling and functioning well. At the other end, mental health conditions, particularly when they are not managed well, are represented by symptoms that negatively affect people’s thoughts, feelings and behaviour. We can move back and forth along this continuum at different times during our lives.
To cope with the stresses of work and overcome life’s daily challenges, it is important we stay as mentally well as possible. This can help us better overcome challenges, build healthy relationships and work more productively.