If you are just like me and find solace in solitude, here is some information for you.
I want to refer to myself as an introvert who prefers not to mingle with others unless it is inevitable. But with time, I have realized that working independently has both its spec and downsides, with the downsides overshadowing the specs.
Working alone has mental and emotional issues like loneliness, anxiety, etc. However, sometimes all you need to go the extra mile is that push from a colleague. Irrespective of your personality, workplace, or the people around you, this article will expose you to ways that not working alone can boost or improve your mental health.
Reasons why you should not work alone
We are often beclouded with the feeling that we can do it all; while this may be true, it doesn’t always have the best impact on the individual. There will always exist people who are not necessarily smarter than we are but can think in ways we cannot. And their impact on your mental health cannot be underestimated.
Other reasons why you should not work alone include the following:
- Better ideas can be missed: Working alone places us at the risk of missing out on chances to get better ideas and updates from people in our field of work. But, more importantly, we get mental support when we have people around us going through the same situation as ours.
- Zero teamwork efforts: Being part of a team has many benefits, such as mixing different ideas and skills. It goes a long way in reinforcing our minds and helping us face difficult situations with a new dispensation.
- Low learning chances: When working with others, you analyze their mistakes and learn from them. Also, you acquire knowledge from your coworkers’ good jobs.
- Fewer professional networking opportunities: When you work alone, you tend to have a small professional network because you are too busy to look for network groups, let alone maintain them.
- Reduced productivity: Multitasking reduces your ability to produce excellent results at work. Working closely with your pals reduces pressure and helps you stay focused.
How can Not Working Alone improve your mental health?
Taking care of your mental health is important while working to increase your efficiency and overall productivity. In one of its summits, the National Library of Medicine wrote the importance of good mental health to overall productivity.
Check out the following ways in which not working alone can boost your mental health:
- It eliminates loneliness and isolation: Working alone may keep us from speaking to people for days or weeks, hurting our mental health. But on the other hand, when we work and connect with other people, it increases our social engagement, which can be a good start to getting rid of loneliness and the feeling of isolation.
- Helps set boundaries between work and home: Working from home often beclouds us, and we can sometimes not differentiate between work and home life. This is a catalyst for mental health degradation, but it is never the case with associates and coworkers.
- Depression fades: working in isolation tends to pave the way for depression to set in. For example, you may feel your work life is not progressing because you have no competition or don’t have a new title or a developed office change. However, when you don’t work alone, you have people to compete healthily with, promotions, awards, titles, etc., which don’t make you depressed and keep your mind in sound health.
- Reduced Stress: Stress is a very common factor that hurts mental health. When you don’t work alone, it reduces the burden of doing multiple jobs all by yourself, which helps with stress reduction.
Working alone may seem like a great way to work, and while it is advised at some points in life, it must never be definite. To get your work done faster and more efficiently, you should start associating more with other people, by doing this you become less lonely. In addition, you get to rest well and maintain your mental health.