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Stress is a common side-effect of work and we all wish to work efficiently, not hard. Many external variables influence mood, workability, productivity, and motivation, and they’re usually easier to control. Whether you’re working in the office or at home, mental health directly coincides with your work routine. Any attributes that cultivate negative energy decreases the quality of work, the ability to collaborate, and overall functionality. Improving concentration for clear, honed-in focus not produces good work, fast. As we spend most of the waking day working, emotions and energy ends are prone to fluctuation and can prevent a sense of fulfillment.

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A proper work routine isn’t just a way to pass through your 9-5 but can establish sustainable mental health practices, increase the quality and speed of work, and generate productive habits. Since work is such a big part of our lives, it’s massive impact on our mental wellbeing. It’s easy to feel a sense of lost control and overwhelmed by workload and addressing this accordingly is the first step. Workplace wellness starts at your desk, whether that’s a cubicle, shared workbench, or kitchen table. We’ve compiled a few tips that are easy to incorporate in your day and its affects are felt past your weekday 8 hours. Continuing reading the below 5 tips for a creating your optimal work routine.

Do What Works Best For You

When designing your work routine, it’s important to be realistic. Everyone works differently, so the only right routine is one you’re comfortable with. Ask yourself when, where, how, and why your work your best first. Then ask what variables cause your workability to decrease and how they bring you down. Understanding and differentiating between the causes of your best and worst moods makes them easier to tackle. Establishing habits that work in your favour can’t be an imitation of others’ habits and sometimes takes trial and error.

Experiment with different adjustments and don’t be afraid to relocate out of your comfort-zone, as this may be the exact spot you need to get out of. Ask yourself what time of day you’re most productive, how many breaks you need and how long they should be, and what are the triggering factors that negatively disturb your mental health. Being able to recognize these should be followed by recognizing how to alleviate them. Often, it only requires small tweaks in your daily routine to cultivate lasting mental wellness. Working with a clear and positive mindset is reflected as a byproduct of your work and reaps its own awards at an exponential rate. This article discusses the best ways to take a break.

Talking About It

When you’ve established what these positive changes look like, talk to your directors and coworkers about it. If you’re a morning person, ask your boss if you can start work earlier. As a boss, allowing employees to have a flexible schedule increases longevity and quality of their work, especially if they work from home. Parents and students also find this helpful and decreases the stress caused by this external obstacle. Changing employee work pattern to work with their best abilities sees a positive ROI for both parties. When facing a problem, ask your coworkers if they have similar experiences and what they do to confront them.

Sometimes, just talking about mental health can make you feel better and navigating your dialogue between your team can garner a feeling of safety and support. Talking about it also can help recognize the signs and source of a problem, and having a designating HR program for this can be part of your management strategy. Falling into a lull can cause your work to suffer and consequentially has a negative long-term effect on employees’ ability to fulfill everyday tasks. Having open discourse between employees and directors will expose any pressure-points that act as anchor to employee mental-health and productivity.

Ambience Goes A Long Way

Use your desk not just for what is was intended but for also creating an inspiring space. Clean and organize clutter, pleasure your senses, and incorporate physical and mental ergonomic traits to make mundane tasks more enjoyable and decrease the source of mental blocks. When working from home, employees have the luxury of playing with lighting, scent, and location. Whether you prefer with the lights dimmed, lighting a scented candle, having background music, or in front of a window, the choice is ultimately yours.

Adding plants, décor, organization, and general personalization is an immediate mood booster and source of inspiration. As it’s easy to be glued to your chair or hours at a time, at least make it a better experience. Be sure to put reminders to take breaks, get up and move, and to eat throughout the day. It’s imperative to create boundaries with this and to not work where you rest. Try not to eat at your desk and to take that time for yourself. Your surroundings should have a purpose and each purpose should have its own surrounding. If employees work at the office, allow them to customize their space or ask them what works best. Some companies instill an open, group dynamic with shared bench seating as employees prefer it.


Work Routine Boosters To Improve Your Mental Health 

  1. When constructing your ideal routine, make sure to add in breaks. Use them as your “you time” to exercise, decompress, mediate, eat, etc. and this fulfills your mental state and improves concertation when you return to work more.
  2. Log-off accordingly. Whether you’re a morning or night person, remember to not over work. Sometimes working overtime is necessary, but if overdone, can cause serious burnout. Read more about employee burnout
  3. Drink water. Staying hydrated during times of mental exertion gives you the proper fuel you need. Avoid over-consuming caffeine as it can dehydrate you and cause brain fog and dehydration.
  4. Make a to-do list fill with manageable, realistic goals. Having a clear understanding of what you need to do allows you to prioritize easily and tackle each task efficiently.
  5. Get help when triggered and talk it out. When feeling low, talk to friends or coworkers you trust for instant motivation. Having this distraction can improve concentration.

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James Lang

Motivated by challenges, change, and a supportive team environment, James has become a highly adaptable team player who is experienced in troubleshooting client services, training design and facilitation, and workforce management. As a result-oriented individual, he has gained a great reputation for consistently meeting targets, delivering quality work, and completing time-sensitive projects. Starting his career as a Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator with the Toronto Pan/Parapan Am Games Organizing committee, he co-developed a successful project aimed at increasing volunteer retention. Now joining the JungoHR implementation team, he will focus on streamlining client onboarding ensuring client satisfaction. With James’s professional background in Human Resource Management, blended with his passion for technology, he aims to further develop his technical experience in HRIS and ATS systems. He believes that perseverance and a positive attitude have made him who he is, and he will carry these core qualities throughout his future career and experiences.

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