Mental health is often pushed aside in a physically-demanding field of work like construction. High stress, long hours, and a relentless pace can contribute to issues like depression and anxiety. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

First, remember that it’s okay to take a moment. Whether it’s a short walk or a chat with a co-worker, small breaks can help alleviate stress. Also keep communicating. If the workload or a task is overwhelming, speak up – you’re part of a team, and teammates look out for each other.

Consider using relaxation techniques, such as deep-breathing, to manage daily stress. Or make use of your company’s Employee Assistance Program, or reach out to a mental health professional.

In construction, we prioritize safety. Let’s remember, mental well-being is an essential part of that overall safety, too. 

Each week, ICBA’s Jordan Bateman reflects on what we’ve learned as we participate in ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program. ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program is helping more than 100 companies and more than 10,000 construction professionals better understand mental health. This program is free for all ICBA members – check out for details.