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Mental Health & Its Link To Your Productivity Levels At Work

Sometimes, work and life stack themselves against you and make being productive appear like a difficult task. Feeling overwhelmed while at work can have a negative effect on productivity, task completion and problem-solving, potentially without you even realising it.

Feeling overwhelmed can exacerbate already existing patterns of behaviour or mental health issues that may already be present. It may also double their usual effect, leading to isolation, panic attacks or significant increases in stress levels. If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms, there is a chance that you may be feeling overwhelmed.

  • Tension headaches, caused by your body being overwhelmed by stress
  • Isolation, withdrawal from their support system and extra activities
  • Feeling angry, irritated, annoyed or frustrated, with a lower threshold for stress and find themselves in outbursts about things/situations that typically would not cause them to lose their patience
  • Negative self-talk with more overly self-critical, self-judgmental expressions, as well as difficulty completing tasks, less energy and loss of enjoyment in usual life activities
  • Emotional shifts, with changes to how you would normally express yourself
  • Odd sleep patterns, with your brain, either being kept awake by the anxiety of having too much to do or shutting your body down
  • Difficulty recognising your own boundaries and saying no
  • Increases in mistakes being made due to the number of tasks you may be trying to complete at once
  • Easily irritated by things that would not typically bother you.
  • Lack of focus and motivation

If you’ve been feeling particularly overwhelmed during your work hours, and have been struggling to find a solution, pare back and take a look at what might be affecting you in that way.

Is it a pressing work problem that you’ve been trying to solve on your own, without much success? Try reaching out to your colleagues for support. It’s likely that they may see a solution that your tired and stressed brain hasn’t been able to.

Other tactics to try to employ to assist in decreasing the feeling of being overwhelmed include:

Do Something To Take Your Mind Off Things

Take the time for yourself to do something that might aid you in making the situation feel a little more bearable. Taking a walk to clear your mind can also sometimes lead to problem-solving, as your brain is less likely to be solely focused on the task and more on the walk itself.

Connect With Others

Try reconnecting with your support networks in a more tangible way, if possible. Phone calls can be a simple way to catch up, but try organising meetups with your friends and family. Social interaction outside of work can assist you in rebalancing, and reduce feelings of isolation and stress.

Act To Help Yourself

Choose the best option that’s available right now to help solve a particularly niggling problem that might be contributing to your feelings of being overwhelmed, particularly if you can afford to do so. Struggling with the house being clean, but don’t feel like you have the time to get in there yourself? If you have the funds, hire a cleaner to help ease that particular stressor.

If you can recognise that you have been struggling, and know that you require a little extra support, contacting a professional to assist in the short term might be a solution to employ.

Researching people who can help you might seem like time that you can’t afford to spend; instead, you can try selecting the key criteria you can self-identify, and find someone who can meet those needs for a couple of sessions.

If you’re someone who often finds it difficult to make large lump sum payments for goods or services, you may want to consider looking into “Buy Now Pay Later” services.

Buy now pay later essentially means that, rather than paying in a full lump sum payment for a product or services rendered, there may be an option to pay through instalments of a certain amount over a set period to make the sum of the full amount in total. This method should allow you to pay in full for the product or service without overly straining your finances – you pay back what you can, as agreed upon when you begin the buy now pay later service.

Some popular buy now pay later services include Afterpay, Zip Pay, Brightepay, and some credit card networks such as  Mastercard and Visa, can offer buy now pay later arrangements.

Though it can be a convenient, immediate solution, it may be challenging to juggle the necessary repayments with other financial commitments. It’s not always the most appropriate method for people, and you should bear in mind your situation and ability in paying back the amounts. 

Before you sign up, keep in mind: 

  • It becomes easier to overspend with buy now pay later services, so know your limits on what you can and can’t afford.
  • You will be charged fees and costs to use the service, which can add up to a princely sum in and of itself.
  • Keeping track of your payments can be tricky if you’ve signed up for multiple services.
  • It could affect your loan applications for a car or mortgage as lenders consider buy now pay later spending just as much as your credit score.
  • Late repayments can appear on your credit report, which affects your ability to borrow money in the future.
  • Layby can be a cheaper alternative to buy now pay later, with no account-keeping or late fees to consider

If you are someone who could make use of BNPL services, you may wish to:

  • Ensure that when using the BNPL service, you stick to a set limit on what you spend so that you can comfortably pay it back later. 
  • Aim only to have one BNPL account at a time to manage payments through, rather than confuse yourself with multiple payments across different providers.
  • Always budget for bills, loan payments and BNPL payments, and 
  • Rather than use your credit card for payments to your BNPL account, consider linking to your debit account instead.

If you would like assistance in planning your financial future, help in managing your budget or some friendly advice, see us for a chat about what we can do for you.

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