“You can’t tell by looking at someone what they are dealing with inside.”
1 in 5 people in the U.S. experience mental illness in a given year. Some of us really struggle with it. Some of us have friends or family members struggling. It can be a difficult subject to talk about, and especially easy to lose track of how important it is to take care of yourself, prioritizing that over the daily grind. My dad always said, “your health is your wealth.” He probably wasn’t talking about mental health – they never did when he was my age.
Thankfully, we’re living now and May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s a moment (or a month full of them) to spread awareness, speak up, and remove the stigma.
I decided to survey our precisioneffect team to see how we stay grounded in the workplace. Here are a few ideas our team shared that get them through the day!
- Get out of here. Whether it’s going for a walk through the Boston Common, stepping outside to see the parade of the guards past Windsor Palace, or even slipping out quickly for just a glimpse of the palms in Costa Mesa, getting some fresh air is a must. Across geographies, our team prioritized a quick environmental shift.
- Music music music.Who doesn’t love music? Studies have shown that listening to music during the work day can increase productivity and your overall mood and our team Some say they prefer classical music to get the job done and enjoy music without lyrics, while others prefer their favorite “pump up” sing-a-long.
- Step away from your desk and talk with your coworkers. It’s okay to do it. It’s important to do it. Even if it’s just a couple of minutes for a quick “brain break” to talk with your team members. Whether it’s making weekend plans, or going to grab a coffee or lunch, precisioneffecters cherish their laughs and relationships with their team members.
Some prefer their daily morning meditation, and others just need a chocolate croissant to get them through the day (not joking). Whatever it may be, make time for yourself. If you find yourself struggling or feeling down, reach out and talk with a coworker about how you're feeling. If you are looking for immediate help or assistance with finding a doctor to speak with or treatment, please visit The National Institute of Mental Health.
Cultivate and treasure your mental health – it’s a great way to feel rich!