Five Steps To Mental Health
A few years ago, conversations about a successful career path would include topics like leadership, teamwork and collaboration, agility and inclusion. Cut to 2022, in the post-pandemic, post-truth world, where working from home, virtual meeting fatigue, caregiving challenges, staff turnover and shortages and a hundred other factors have become normal, mental health and well-being have become central to success.
The future of work depends not only on innovation, but also on well-being. Companies across the world are waking up to the importance of mental health, and human resource departments now actively work towards the well-being of employees. But mental health isn't the sole responsibility of employers. As active members of the future of work, we can take tangible steps towards our own mental health.
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✨ Connect with other people: Building relationships with others, not only gives you an opportunity to share experiences, it also helps you build a sense of belonging and self-worth.
Take time to visit a friend, plan meals with family members, or volunteer time at the local school, hospital or community group. Technology helps to stay in touch with friends and family when you live far away, but remember not to rely on social media alone to connect with people.
✨ Be more physically active: Physical activity releases hormones that can help improve your mood, and give you the much needed motivation to pursue your goals.
While it's important to take up an outdoors activity, or sport, it isn't necessary to spend hours in a gym or push yourself beyond your limits. Find activities that you enjoy, and make them a part of your life.
✨ Contribute and give back to others: Research shows that acts of giving help create a positive sense of self-worth and give you a sense of purpose and direction in life.
Volunteering at neighborhood associations, helping a friend in need, or simply doing a pay-it-forward can unlock positive mental health.
✨ Be more mindful of your environments: Paying attention to your environment, and being aware of the present will help you understand yourself better and enjoy life more. In the long run, this will change the way you approach life and challenges, and feel about life.
Mindfulness is not only important for mental well-being, it also helps hone your agility and has a positive impact on your over-all efficiency as well.
✨ Upgrade yourself and learn new skills: Research has shown that upskilling also has a positive impact on self-confidence and mental health. Learning new skills not only gives you the opportunity to expand your horizons, it also opens new doors, enabling you to build new connections and take your career forward.
From picking up a new language, or learning a new recipe to signing up for a certificate course, or upskilling at work, the opportunities to learn something new are many.