Many workers are exposed to work environments that leave them feeling depressed and burnt out.
Data from a workplace barometer study show more than a quarter of employees felt depressed often, a half said depression affected their lives and for 8% life was "very or extremely difficult".
In today’s digital age, we’re losing the ability to switch off from our work.
Has anyone close to you asked you to cut down on your work? Do you feel guilty that you're not spending enough time with your friends, family or even yourself? It might be time for change.
It matters whether you feel like your boss cares about you.
Struggling to cope.
Pledging to destigmatise mental health in the workplace is admirable, but it comes with problems too.
Impostor feelings include fear of failure, fear of success, a sometimes-obsessive need for perfection, and an inability to accept praise.
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Research suggests that 70% of people will experience an illogical sense of being a phoney at work at some point in their careers.
Abusive bosses might be to blame for the growing epidemic of mental ill health among UK workers.
The daily fluctuations in the stock market can have a serious emotional impact on people watching their stock portfolios, when the less stressful strategy would be to pay attention to long-term trends.
Today it's estimated that we take in about five times as much information as we did 25 years ago, and that we process as much data in a day as our 15th century ancestors would have in their lifetime.
What we eat, how much and how often changes over our lives.
Shakespeare wrote of the 'seven ages of man', and our appetite for food changes as we age too – with implications for our health.
A happier, healthier work life is easy to achieve.
Basically, we need to work less.
It's a demanding job, but all indicators suggest that the Queen is still up to it.
A park, in this case Hyde Park in Sydney, is one of the easiest and most accessible ways to engage with nature in the city.
Nature is dispersed through our cities, even if we don’t notice it. And there's abundant evidence that engaging with nature, even in urban settings, is good for us.
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Humour doesn't just help people deal with tension in the workplace, it can also help them work through complex problems.
Being made to feel you don’t belong in your chosen field is stressful.
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Being underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math means women can be made to feel they don't belong, with long-term mental health consequences.
Even in a dreary office, by understanding how your brain works you can change how it feels to be there.
In many of the workplaces I visit as a neuroscientist, stressed workers behave much like addicted lab rats. But you don't have to quit the rat race to start feeling better at work.
All smiles? Not so much.
Technology can work for us, or against us. Sometimes both at the same time.
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It turns out that people who've experienced rude behavior from others are "infected" with rudeness and will be rude to the people they interact with next.
Be seen but not heard.
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Precarious work is just one of the big issues facing NHS staff.
Being a pilot may be an exciting career choice but working conditions aren't always what they're cracked up to be.
A wall of non-cooperation could silence the angels.
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The third Francis report on how to build a safe NHS has been published, this time focusing on the problem of how staff can raise their concerns about patient care without fear of victimisation or whistleblowing…