Mental Health: Understanding Its Importance and How to Improve It

Lisé Puckorius, CAE
February 27, 2023

Work, family and other life factors can be a source of stress, anxiety, and burnout, and they can take a toll on our mental health. With a few simple strategies, it’s possible to improve our mental health and lead a happier and more fulfilling life.


Tips for Your Mental Health:

We want to share some tips on how to improve your mental health:

Practice Self-Care: Taking care of yourself should always be your top priority. This includes eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and engaging in physical activity. Additionally, taking time for hobbies and interests outside of work can help you to relax and recharge.

Manage Stress: Stress is a part of life, but it can be managed. Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, and yoga. Additionally, try to prioritize your tasks, delegate responsibilities, and set realistic deadlines to reduce stress and avoid burnout.

Communicate Effectively: Communication is key to a healthy environment. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s important to communicate with your manager or colleagues to discuss your workload and find ways to manage it, or family and friends to lighten your load. Additionally, seeking support from colleagues, family, and friends can help to improve your mental well-being.

Set Boundaries: It’s important to set boundaries between work and personal life to avoid burnout. This may mean turning off notifications outside of work hours, setting limits on after-hours email and phone calls, or taking time off when needed.

Take a Break: Taking a break from electronic devices and social media allows you to disconnect from the constant stream of information and notifications, which can lead to feelings of overwhelm and stress. It can also provide a chance to be present in the moment and engage in activities that promote relaxation and self-care. This break can also help improve sleep quality, reduce anxiety, and increase productivity by allowing you to focus on important tasks without distractions.

Get Active: Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and improve your mental well-being. Take a walk during lunch, go for a run after work, or find a workout class that you enjoy. Even just a few minutes of physical activity can make a big difference.

Find a Mentor: Having a mentor can be a great way to gain guidance, support, and encouragement in your career and personal life. Look for someone who you admire and respect, and ask them if they would be willing to serve as a mentor.

Create a Positive Environment: Surrounding yourself with positive, supportive people can make a huge difference in your mental well-being. This can mean seeking out positive, supportive colleagues, friends and family.


How You Can Help Others:

If you think a loved one, friend or colleague may be suffering from depression, it can be hard to know what to do. It’s important to remember that depression is an illness and it needs to be treated. Here are some tips on how to help someone who might be depressed:

Show your support: Let your loved one know you care about them and want to help. Listen to them without judgment and try to understand what they’re going through.

Offer to help: Ask what you can do to help, whether it’s running errands, cooking dinner, or simply listening. Don’t be afraid to suggest professional help, such as therapy or medication, as well.

Encourage positive activities: Suggest activities your loved one might enjoy, such as going for a walk, seeing a movie, or doing a craft. It’s important to find activities that both of you can do together.

Keep in contact: Make sure to check in on your loved one regularly and let them know you are there for them. A simple text or phone call can go a long way.

Take care of yourself: Make sure to take time for yourself and focus on self-care. Caring for someone who is dealing with depression can be emotionally and physically draining, so it is important to take care of yourself too.

By offering your support and understanding, you can be a source of comfort for your loved one. Remember, depression is an illness that needs to be treated. If your loved one doesn’t want to seek professional help, there are other options available such as support groups, online resources, and self-help books.

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