In addition to Inside Men’s Minds, we conducted a study that revealed that males between 25-34 are most prone to overworking as a result of the changing working circumstances within the past two years. The research highlights that almost 3 in 5 men (57%) aged between 25-34 feel as though they have fallen victim to overworking to the point where it affects their mental health, further revealing that a quarter of these males did not inform their employer regarding the issue.
With overworking in the UK becoming a health crisis of its own, we asked for further advice from Samaritans on how to deal with overworking specifically.
Let someone know how you’re feeling
Talking can help put things into perspective and help us feel less isolated. It can be hard to reach out but talking to a trusted friend, colleague or family member is something we encourage you to try, however you can.
Rest is a form of self care
It could be something as simple as taking a book or a copy of the paper to a park for half an hour or taking your annual leave to enjoy some downtime. If time off isn’t an option in the immediate circumstance, even stepping away and taking a five-minute break over a cup of tea can help you relax and recharge.
Get fresh air
Whatever way you can, taking some time to enjoy the outdoors can have a positive effect on your mood. Our nature and mental health page has lots of tips for different ways to enjoy nature both inside and outside.
Take a break from social media and the news
If you find it hard to stay offline, prioritising other activities can help you switch it off. Try turning off your notifications or leaving your phone in another room for a few hours. If your job involves lots of screen time, taking a break away from your devices after work might help you relax.