It’s not usual for our jobs to have an impact on our mental health and well-being. Following lockdown, it is predicted that mental health cases have risen by 20%, whilst there has been a 30% drop in mental health referrals.
As we spend almost every day at work, it is important we feel happy and relaxed in the environment. If you’re experiencing negative feelings with your job and believe now is the time to move on and try something new, this blog should come in useful.
We’re going to list just a few reasons why a career change could benefit your mental health: Better salary
While money isn’t the be-all-and-end-all when making career choices, it can be hugely important for many people – especially those struggling financially. A low salary may mean that you’re behind when it comes to paying bills and have landed yourself in debt, which is where you may have come to the conclusion that a career change is necessary. There are plenty of jobs out there that provide incredible financial benefits, but it would be best to carry out some research and discover the opportunities available. While a good wage may be the driving force behind your career change, the job you choose must be of interest to you if you have any hope of remaining in the position for the long-term future. Improve your work-life balance
Perhaps the reason you’re not happy in your job is because you feel you haven’t got a good work/life balance. Many people find they’re spending far much time at work, rather than at home which can lead to extreme stress and potentially, depression. If you’re struggling to maintain a family life while maintaining a career, it might just be the case that now is the time to try something new. It would also be a good idea to find a job in which you can work on a remote basis with flexible hours, to fit around your other commitments. While this may seem like the ultimate dream, you may be surprised to learn that more and more companies are now embracing a more flexible work scheme to boost employee happiness and satisfaction. Do something you love
You may have heard the saying ‘do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life’ and this is true. Although you may not be in a job you’re passionate about right now, there are an immense number of career paths that could be much more suited to you. If you can make money doing something you enjoy, you’ll never feel as though you’re working – and this will play a huge part in boosting your mental health. Freelancing is an option to consider as it allows you to work on a self-employed basis in an industry that you’re passionate about. However, it would always be worth keeping an eye out on job boards to find full-time and part-time employment roles in your desired niche. Now may be the time to bite the bullet and try something new to benefit your mental health and well-being, so we hope the above tips have given you something to think about to make that huge change.
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