Working in marketing can be exciting and dynamic, but it can also be stressful and anxiety-inducing. It’s important to care for your mental health by setting boundaries, practicing self-care, and seeking support when needed. Implementing strategies to maintain a positive and healthy work environment can benefit the marketing team, organization, and clients. As a remote marketing agency, we put mental health strategies into practice to maintain a toxic-free work environment.
Here are examples of how we manage stress and anxiety in a fast-paced marketing career:
Culture and communication
Our culture code consists of values, team support, and cross-functional collaboration. Respectful and professional communication with team members and clients is paramount to our team. At JumpStartNOW, marketing emergencies are avoided at all costs. We prioritize planning and scheduling in advance so that there are no surprises or a need for panic and accompanying stress. We require organization, communication, and setting boundaries with our clients to avoid stressful situations like this.
We value collaboration among team members to create a positive and helpful environment. Collaborating as a team can help to reduce stress, increase motivation, and improve communication and problem-solving skills.
With our clients, we set boundaries early on to create a positive and communicative environment. As a company, we value respect heavily. We expect this from our entire team and the clients we work with. To effectively communicate all of these values to our clients, we review our processes and expectations with each new client during the initial onboarding meeting. This immediately ensures that the client knows our expectations and how we best manage working relationships to foster a low-stress environment.
Open communication, transparency, support, and respect can foster a sense of belonging, reduce stress, and increase job satisfaction among team members. This is why we consistently prioritize and focus so heavily on maintaining these values as a company. Effective communication can also help to prevent misunderstandings, conflicts, and other sources of workplace stress that can negatively impact mental health.
Identifying triggers is a form of self-care. Take note of situations, people, or tasks that cause stress or anxiety. Recognizing and internally playing out how you would react to these triggers can help you prepare and cope better when faced with them. As a team, when an event occurs that causes a trigger, we reach out to each other, provide a safe place to deal with it, and figure out how to best move forward.
Another way we practice self-care is by taking breaks throughout the day to decompress, meditate, or do something enjoyable. As a company, each person works remotely. Doing so gives us more time to destress and do things outside of work that we enjoy. Working remotely has provided a healthier work-life balance.
As a team, we also lean on the resources that are provided. Each team member is offered a Headspace membership, paid mental health days, and team meetings that help combat burnout and stress. Engaging in these self-care practices can help improve the work environment by increasing productivity, boosting morale, and promoting overall well-being.
What does the team do for self-care? Quotes from the team
“I practice self-care by starting each day with a walk, writing down my to-do list in my calendar weekly, and updating it daily. It helps me feel accomplished when I can physically check off tasks. I also make time to run, hike, and hang out with family and friends every week.” – Cameron, Content Marketing Manager
“For my mental health, I try to get enough sleep, at least 8 hours.” – Amorette, Marketing Strategist
“For my mental health, I like to tend to my garden and look at the growth of my plants.” – Madison, Social Media Specialist
“What I do for self care is exercise in the mornings then have a protein heavy breakfast.” – Kevin Monell, Marketing Analyst
“I go on long nature hikes by myself to process, recover and be in the moment. When that is impossible, I practice yoga and meditation and take short runs or walks along the water. When possible, I take short naps to half the day. I learned that technique while living along the mediterranean sea.” – Veronika, CEO
Organizing our work life can help with mental health by reducing stress and increasing productivity. For example, creating lists, writing in a planner, and checking off daily tasks. Having a well-organized work environment can reduce distractions and increase efficiency, leading to less stress and improved mental well-being.
We manage this as a team by having weekly cross-functional meetings. In these meetings, we discuss each task and ensure each team member has the support to complete the task effectively. We make adjustments as needed to ensure that every employee can complete projects.
A structured plan and clear goals can help one feel more in control and less overwhelmed. This can lead to improved focus, better time management, and greater satisfaction and accomplishment.
Quotes on how we each organize our work life:
“I use Monday.com daily and write task lists.” – Cameron, Content Marketing Manager.
“I utilize my Google calendar and Monday.com to help stay organized and on task.” – Amorette, Marketing Strategist.
“Scheduling time for tasks, strategy, business development, and self-care is equally important. Balance is everything.” – Veronika, CEO
From industry expertise to cost-effective solutions, we are a digital marketing agency that is future-forward and striving to bring our team members and clients a thoughtful, healthy, and successful experience. So, why not start today? Get in touch with us and start imagining the possibilities. Contact JumpStartNOW’s CEO, Veronika Monell, at firstname.lastname@example.org.