When people think of the trade industry, mental health isn’t usually what comes to mind. We usually think ‘lads, lads, lads’ and healthy young people driving around in their vans ready to spring into action.
However, mental health is a very real thing in the trade industry, and there’s a similar stigma surrounding it as there is men’s mental health which means it’s not often talked about.
Mental Health Struggles in the Trade Industry
Tradesmen work many hours doing physically demanding jobs. There are often little breaks and long hours which can lead to burnout and exhaustion. Most jobs usually only require one labourer and communication is minimal, creating an isolated work space.
Running your own trade company can really take its toll as there are financial strains and unpredictable costs. Job insecurity is also a very real threat in the trade industry.
The stigma around men’s mental health and mental health in the trade industry can often stop people from seeking help, and working independently means not many connections are formed.
A recent report on mental health in the trade industry was released and contains worrying information. 84% of UK tradespeople said that they have at some point experienced a mental health struggle caused by their work!
You can read the full report here.
How to Improve Your Mental Health
There are a few simple ways that you can begin to prioritise your self-care as a tradesman.
- Take regular breaks and rest up well
- Practice mindfulness and meditation
- Seek support from colleagues, friends, or professionals
- Set boundaries and manage your workload
- Engage in physical activity and exercise
- Eat a balanced and nutritious diet
- Get enough sleep
- Keep a positive attitude and focus on gratitude
- Take time off for hobbies or activities that make you happy
- Develop healthy coping mechanisms
You are not alone if you are struggling with mental health regardless of what industry you’re in.