Achieving work-life balance: Harness better mental health
Readdress your work-life balance and improve mental wellbeing with some top tips from Dr Pablo Vandenabeele, clinical director for mental health at Bupa UK.
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