Workplace Bullying – How to Cope
Workplace bullying can have a devastating personal effect and can leave you feeling powerless and depressed. While it’s important to see what policies and practices are in place within your organisation to combat bullying, it is also vital to know how to take care of your mental health in order to minimise the impact of bullying and harassment. Here are some tips on how to do this:
- Keep a diary of events. Not only can this have a cathartic effect but it provides a record of what has been taking place that you can refer to in the future.
- Physical activity has been shown to reduce stress levels. It doesn’t have to be anything too strenuous and it’s important to choose something you enjoy. Walking, swimming, jogging, yoga and pilates can all help to boost your mood and combat anxiety.
- Try to remember that that you are not being bullied because there is anything wrong with you. Bullies often behave the way that they do because of their own difficult, unresolved emotional issues. Reminding yourself that it is not your fault can lessen the impact of bulling on your confidence and self-esteem.
- Discuss the problem with someone who you trust. It can be an incredibly lonely experience and sharing the issues with a trusted friend or colleague can reduce feelings of fear and isolation. If your feelings become overwhelming, it can help to talk to a counsellor. Ask your GP for advice on how to do this or visit BACP.co.uk to find a therapist near you.
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Psychotherapist & Founding Partner of Great Minds
Emma and her business partner Miranda share a passion for improving workplace mental health.They spent many years working in commercial organisations before retraining as psychotherapists and creating Great Minds. They now work with organisations delivering talks and training on a variety of mental health themes. They also continue to practice psychotherapy in both private and NHS settings.