Achieving work-life balance: Harness better mental health
Readdress your work-life balance and improve mental wellbeing this Men’s Health Week with some top tips from Dr Pablo Vandenabeele, clinical director for mental health at Bupa UK.
This Men’s Health Week, which runs from 12–18 June, take a step back from your daily pressures and use it as an opportunity to troubleshoot common stresses and strains with the aim of creating a happier, healthier future.
Do you ever find yourself suffering sleepless nights, tension headaches, an occasional pounding heart or an unusually short temper? You’re not alone. The stresses and strains of a professional career can have a huge mental and physical impact on men of all ages.
Anxiety, depression and stress manifest themselves in a variety of ways and can sometimes sneak up on you. Dr Pablo Vandenabeele, clinical director for mental health at Bupa UK, describes a few warning signals and symptoms to watch out for.
Anxiety, depression and stress warning signs
- Disrupted sleep: Struggling to drop off, waking up earlier than usual or waking frequently during the night.
- Changes in appetite: Finding yourself frequently not hungry, or perhaps eating far more than you would normally. Watch out for noticeable weight changes.
- Difficulty concentrating: Lack of focus, or even forgetting meetings, chores, tasks or other things you normally have no trouble with.
- Reduced or absent libido: This is a common symptom of depression and one that can be especially difficult to discuss.
- Feelings of anxiety: Panic attacks and palpitations, or tingling sensations in your extremities.
- Frequent headaches: These can also be caused by tension and stress