Mental Health

Support our own mental health

coach happiness health highperformance joy life meditation selfcare sleep wellness Oct 10, 2023

The World Health Organization has reported that mental health problems such as anxiety and depression are responsible for 12 billion lost working days and a total of $1 trillion in lost productivity worldwide every year. We can only truly address these issues by emphasizing the importance of mental health in the same way we prioritize physical health. On Global Mental Health Day (October 10th), we must acknowledge our responsibility to prioritize self-care and support for each other.

As companies, we have a responsibility to take more effective actions. However, as adults and business professionals, we also need to take responsibility for our health ourselves. Here are some scientifically proven ways to support our own health. Note that they are not ranked by effectiveness or preference.

Connecting with nature and others can be a powerful way to find peace and happiness. Spending time outdoors, whether it's going for a hike, sitting by the beach, or simply taking a walk in the park, allows us to reconnect with the beauty of the natural world. Additionally, nurturing our relationships with loved ones and surrounding ourselves with positive and supportive people can greatly enhance our well-being. At work, the connection with our colleagues (especially in person) truly support our wellbeing as well.

Another important aspect of maintaining a balanced and fulfilling life is practicing mindfulness and self-reflection. Taking the time to be present in the moment, to appreciate the little things, and to reflect on our thoughts and emotions can help us gain clarity and perspective. It allows us to let go of stress and worries, and instead focus on what truly matters. 

In order to function at our best, it's crucial to prioritize rest and relaxation. Getting enough sleep and allowing ourselves time to recharge is essential for our physical and mental well-being. It's important to listen to our bodies and give ourselves permission to rest when needed. 

Lastly, staying active not only benefits physical health, but also has positive effects on mental well-being. It can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, enhance self-esteem, and improve cognitive function. Activities such as walking, jogging, swimming, or dancing are really effective, but it is worth noting that staying active doesn't have to be these activities or extensive gym sessions. Small changes like using stairs, walking or cycling to work, or engaging in recreational activities can also promote an active lifestyle.

What is important to note, is that we don't have to do it all in order to feel better. So remember that progress is made one step at a time. By focusing on taking small, manageable steps towards our goals, we can gradually build momentum. It's not about achieving perfection, but rather about giving our best effort in each moment. Self-care will not only bring us closer to better mental and physical health, but it also cultivates a greater sense of happiness and peace within ourselves. So, let's embrace the power of incremental progress and trust that a 1% improvement every day can make a significant difference in our lives.

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