Today is World Mental Health Day and in the wake of the tragedy in Las Vegas last Monday it is a day we should all be “mindful” of and understand the importance. It is interesting as I do some research and notice that most if not all articles and blog posts about this day has to do with mental health in the workplace. We are working 8, 9, sometimes 10 or more hours a day. Some work at jobs they love and some that don’t but we all need to understand that stress, no sleep, even bad eating habits effects our brain and our mental health. But there is more on top of that. Imagine, 300 million people in this world suffer from depression and 260 million people suffer from anxiety disorders. And I don’t want to scare you but it’s increasing.
Why? Things are supposed to be easier as technology is making it more convenient to live nowadays, maybe too convenient. There is this huge expectation to be faster, better, and perfect. When in reality when times were simpler we were not having to take on so much stress.
However, there is a cure to all this but it takes a shift into your thinking and a shift in your everyday lifestyle. If you are all in, below are some helpful tips on how to be healthier at work for a healthier mind.
Tip #1: Think with your gut
Yes, a healthy mind starts with a healthy gut. I am sure you have seen many books and articles and blog posts about healing the gut. Doctors and even scientists have done studies after studies and released information that what you eat and digest has a profound effect on the brain. For example, think about how you feel after a meal at McDonald’s vs. a meal that is not processed and is made of whole foods with essential nutrients. Sluggish vs. energized, mental block vs. clarity. Processed foods have a way of messing with our human bodies and I can go on and on of the science but I will refrain in this post.
Tip # 2: Move around
Sitting and staring at a screen for hours on hours not only is boring but damn can make anyone go crazy! I am the type of person who can’t sit still for more than an hour (I am wondering if I have ADD or just get bored easily). Either way, sitting for a long period of time, especially at a desk hunched over not only is bad for our bodies (and waistline) but also bad for our mental health. Think of it this way, when you move around or are active, your blood starts flowing and your endorphins kick in – these are the happy part of the nervous system. I reference this quote from time to time from the sweet movie “Legally Blonde” “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins will make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t” So in the words of Nike “Just do it”. Walk, run, take the stairs, ride your bike to work, get up and stretch, split your day and go to the gym during lunch (if accessible). I seriously think every company should have access to a gym. Anyway you can, MOVE!
Tip #3: Balance
We have all heard the term “work/life balance” BUT no one puts it to use. Balance is key to mental health. Burning the candles at both ends can lead you to a breakdown or even worse, in the hospital. Ask yourself this…what I am working for or towards? If you love your job, great, then it doesn’t feel like work and is a reward in itself. But either way, there has to be some time to play, some time to reset yourself and live. You are no use to your job or even your life if you keep going non stop and not appreciate little things like nature, your family, your time, your passions. You are not you unless you stop saying yes to things you don’t like and start living your life with purpose. Balance is key to happiness, key to keep your mind in check on why you go to work, why you hustle and grind, because without that understanding of balance, you might as well just surrender.
I do hope these 3 tips help you today and everyday. Let’s not forget that our mental health is so important and just as important as our physical health.
I would love to hear from you, please comment below on how you like this post and if this helped you. I truly appreciate it!