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Mental Health at McMaster

McMaster Okanagan Office of Health & Well-being

Work/School & Mental Health

Workplaces and school can play an essential part in maintaining positive mental health. They can give people the opportunity to feel productive and be a strong contributor to our well-being. Yet it can also be a stressful environment that contributes to the rise of mental health problems and illnesses. With most adults spending more of their waking hours at work or school than anywhere else, addressing issues of mental health is vitally important for all people in Canada.

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Useful Tips for Work-Life Balance

Research has definitively shown that overwork isn’t good for employees or their companies or students — and yet, in practice, it can be hard to overcome unhealthy work habits and reach a more sustainable work-life balance. To achieve lasting change, you must view this process not as a one-time activity, but as a cycle in which you constantly re-evaluate your evolving feelings and priorities, and adjust your work and life choices accordingly. Below are some tips to help you find balance between work and life.

Play to your strengths

Prioritize your time

Schedule your personal time

Have set work hours – and stick to them

Find time for your finances

Manage your time, long term

Make your workspace work for you

Make exercise a must-do, not a should-do

Know and nurture your network

Do what you love

Manage your mind

Take that holiday