5 ways employment can improve mental health
Depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses can put an overwhelming strain on a person’s everyday life and for some experiencing mental health issues, sustaining employment can be unmanageable.
Yet, recent studies have shown that employment can in fact improve mental health and assist in recovery.
Entering into work can seem like a daunting task but if circumstances allow, it can bring loads of benefits.
Whether it’s full-time, part-time, or casual, regular work can:
1. Build confidence and self esteem
Whether starting or returning to work, taking on the roles and responsibilities of a job and completing work activities can provide satisfaction and accomplishment, which can boost confidence and self-esteem.
2. Establish structure and routine
Regular work can bring structure and stability to daily life, maintaining a routine can make every day activities more manageable and can help with motivation and increase energy levels.
3. Provide opportunities to regularly socialise
Being a part of a workplace gives people the chance to interact with others, make new friends and widen social circles. Social connections can not only provide support but can help relieve stress and improve mood, confidence, and self-esteem.
4. Afford greater independence
Earning an income from work can give people more financial security, which can reduce stress and increase self-reliance. Regular wages can also help to maintain and enhance lifestyles and interests.
5. Increase mental activity
Participating in work provides mental stimulation, it offers new challenges and allows people to use and develop skills and knowledge. Regular flexing of these mental muscles can bring cognitive improvements and enhance capabilities.
STEPS Employment Solutions provide specialist employment support for people experiencing mental health issues. Talk to us about how we can help you find work and support you in the workplace 1300 078 377