Mental health matters

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Mental health matters

Mental health discussions are on the rise, which means fewer stigmas and higher treatment rates. Unfortunately, it’s still a bit difficult to get mental health help in the workplace, although many employers are working to address the issue. In the meantime, there are a few ways you can take care of yourself so you can keep your happiness and productivity sky-high.

Get it off your chest

A whopping 42% of employees with a mental health condition still don’t tell their employers about it for fear of discrimination. You shouldn’t be afraid to tell your employer or professor, though—as someone who’s dealt with this very situation several times over, I can tell you that, more often than not, they will be understanding. Hiding it can be scary and uncomfortable, so getting it off your chest might be a great way to start feeling better.

Say it with me… self-care!

It’s so easy to get sucked into a project at work or on homework and find yourself working till you forget to eat or staying up insanely late. But it’s important to be purposeful in your pursuit for work-life balance. Don’t be afraid to set boundaries and say that your day is over at some point. Boundaries are okay to set – even for yourself. Outside of work and school, practicing mindfulness, meditation, or even just your favorite hobbies are practices that can go a long way.
Stay sane at work

Getting it right

Career fairs, job interviews, elevator pitches—stressed yet? Don’t be! No matter what big career move you’re preparing for this semester, you’ve got it in the bag. I believe in you. If my support doesn’t feel like enough, try out these tips to ace your next interview.

Be professional

First impressions are truly everything, so be sure to dress the part. Consider what kind of job you’re applying for and tailor your look to that field. Creative jobs allow for a bit more leeway, but if you’re not sure, standard business wear will do the trick in just about any situation.

Once you’re in the interview, smile and be personable. Showing your true colors is a great way to stand out, and probably the easiest way as well. It also helps to come prepared with background knowledge on the company, along with a couple of really solid questions. Believe it or not, they actually do want you to ask questions when they ask if you have any. It shows you’re invested in the position and interested in learning more!
Nail that interview

 

In the News This Week:

 

Using science to combat world hunger: China invented rice that can grow in saltwater, opening up the possibility to feed over 200 million people.

Former Presidents reaching out: The five living former US presidents have gathered for The One America Appeal, a concert in aid of victims of the hurricanes which ravaged the US this year. So far, the fundraiser has raised over $31 million.

A helping hand: A group of legal organizations has established a free hotline to help California fire victims navigate disaster-related challenges.

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