Not suffering in silence
Austin Young, a Structural Design Engineer for Mosaic CSE, explains: “As an engineer, there’s a lot of responsibility resting on your shoulders to design a structure that’s safe. Human error is always a cause for concern, and I find it helpful to be open and honest about what I can and can’t do. Talking to others so they can assist in finding a solution helps with any anxiety I might have. It’s also important for me to maintain a good work-life balance.”
Angie Bristow, Mosaic’s Studio Director, continues: “In my role, my anxieties are about ensuring client expectations and project deadlines are met. I also worry about whether I am giving enough time and guidance to my team, helping them develop and get the most out of their career. Over time, I have learnt to manage these worries by asking for help and not ‘suffering in silence’. Mosaic’s ‘no door’ policy encourages everyone to ask questions without judgement.”
When considering what more we can do to combat anxiety at work, Angie commented: “I find it helpful to be organised and methodical with ‘to do’ lists that break down what needs to be done into manageable tasks. This enables ‘easy wins’ that allow me to see progress towards the end goal. Taking breaks when needed is also a must. I find that by focusing on something else, the solution to a problem will quite often come to mind.”
You are not alone
As with anything related to mental health or wellbeing, it’s important to understand that you are not alone. With the rise in awareness, there has been an increase in companies appointing mental health first aiders or offering confidential support. If you or anyone you know is struggling with their mental health, please reach out to your mental health support team.
You can learn more about how to manage anxiety on the Mental Health Foundation’s website, here.