According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, about 500,000 employees are unable to work each week due to mental health issues. Workplace stress is identified as a key contributing factor to declining mental health, especially as it relates to anxiety and depression.1 To help reduce the ill-effects of workplace stress and the toll it can take on mental health, it’s important to make healthy choices, establish boundaries and seek support.
Living a healthy lifestyle can help support mental health. Instead of combating stress with food or alcohol, focus on relaxing with activities or hobbies. Another effective stress-management tip is to ensure you get enough sleep. Limiting caffeine and screen time can help improve sleeping habits.
With advances in technology, the line between personal time and work time has blurred. It’s important to establish boundaries and set rules about checking work emails or responding to calls while home. Outlining clear rules for both yourself and your employer can help alleviate workplace stress and improve mental health.
Even with coping mechanisms, there will be times when you need mental health support. It’s okay to ask for help from friends and family members and seek out professional advice. Also inquire about work benefits, as many employers now have support websites or referrals to mental health professionals.
If you need to take time off from work to help improve your mental health, Life, Disability and Income Insurance can provide a monthly income of up to $1,000 for six months. Coverage is virtually guaranteed to everyone aged 18 to 69, and there’s no complicated application process or medical questions. Complete a simple online form and begin your coverage in just a few minutes. You’ll also be eligible to earn up to 8,000 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points upon enrolment and on your annual anniversary.2
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1 Mental Health Commission of Canada. “Canadian employees report workplace stress as primary cause of mental health concerns.” Retrieved October 10, 2018, from https://mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/news-article/13522/canadian-employees-report-workplace-stress-primary-cause-mental-health-concerns.
2 Earn up to 8,000 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points when you purchase Life, Disability and Income Insurance and use a valid Canadian credit card to pay your monthly premiums.
Each Rewards points offer is limited to one Rewards account per household. Rewards points will be issued within 30 days from issue of insurance.
This offer cannot be combined with other offers and may change without notice. Life, Disability and Income Insurance for Hudson’s Bay customers is arranged by Canadian Premier Life Insurance Company.