What is Toxic Productivity?

This article was first published on 18 May 2020

During this lockdown period, you may be feeling the pressure to do something truly meaningful, but sometimes the need to be productive can be toxic.

Here are some signs to spot if toxic productivity is creeping into your life - and what you can do to break the cycle, from psychologist and blogger Dr Julie Smith.

If you need support

You should always tell someone about the things you’re worried about. You can tell a friend, parent, guardian, teacher or another trusted adult. If you're struggling with your mental health, going to your GP can be a good place to start to find help. Your GP can let you know what support is available to you, suggest different types of treatment and offer regular check-ups to see how you’re doing.

If you're in need of in-the-moment support you can contact Shout 85258. It's a free, 24/7 text messenger support service for anyone in the UK. Text the word “SHOUT” or “YM” to 85258 to start a conversation.

There are more links to helpful organisations on BBC Action Line.

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