Did you know that 20% of Canadians experience mental health issues or illnesses every year? And since mental disorders affect people of all cultures, ages, income levels, and education, it’s important to protect yourself.
As adults make their major life decisions, the chances of stress and mental illness increase. Sadly, 8% of Canadians experience major depression in their lives.
That said, you can maintain your mental health, high performance, and productivity at your workplace and in life by doing the following:
1. Take Care of Your Physical Health
There is a close relationship between your physical well-being and your mental health. When you adopt good habits within your workplace, and outside, you have improved mental clarity and make better decisions.
Some of the habits you can include in your daily life are:
· Hydration habits
This involves taking fluids that hydrate your body. You can take eight glasses of water spread throughout the day, fruit juices, and even coffee. However, limit your daily intake of coffee and anti-diuretic like tea.
· Remain Physically Active
You don’t have to enroll for a gym membership. You can work out from home, take strolls after work, and jog in the mornings or even cycle to work.
All these practices promote your brain’s health and keeps your mind at its best.
· Eat a Balanced Diet
Since we are what we eat, you want to take natural, healthy meals most of the time. Instead of getting French fries for lunch, you can carry some food to the office like a sandwich or even fruits.
Shun regular eating of fast foods as they are packed with unhealthy fats, introduce toxins in your body and limit the body’s ability to work maximally.
2. Value Yourself and Esteem Your Accomplishments
Valuing yourself will go a long way in growing your career. You should be proud of your accomplishments.
When you value yourself, you are confident and can negotiate better pay in a new workplace. With confidence in an interview or workplace project, you will see growth in your career and not allow any employer to look down upon you.
Something else, make time for things that matter to you, like your hobbies, family, gardening, or even playing your favorite musical instrument.
3. Connecting with the Right People
Networking with the right people can help you unlock your potential, land opportunities that otherwise would be impossible, and work in an environment you love.
As such, make time for your friends and family and seek out activities that help you meet new people, such as support groups or clubs.
4. Mental Fitness
Mental fitness is the ability to handle and manage stress successfully without getting overwhelmed or negatively affecting life decisions.
Since stress is part of life, learn good coping skills such as walking, cycling, exercising, swimming, journaling, humor, or even sharing with a trusted friend or family.
Learn to live within your means, save for anticipated needs, plan your life and have some flexibility. These things will reduce your chances of getting depressed.
Guard your mind against things that will increase your anxiety levels. These become sources of unconscious information that can affect your mental well-being.
5. Grow Your Skillset and Challenge your Capabilities
One of the things that can stress you in your career path is the lack of growth that you anticipate. For example, failing to secure promotions or pay rise while your peers seem to be making steady growth.
As such, you need to invest in growing your capabilities through learning various skills. With the diverse online opportunities, you can take a course and get certified. You should not just focus on courses related to your career.
6. Set Realistic Goals
Goals and targets will keep your energy and resources focused. These can help you challenge your capabilities and avoid things that can distract you.
However, you should be careful to avoid setting goals that are too high that they’ll stress you, cause you sleepless nights, and ultimately not achieve them. This can be depressing and affect your mental fitness.
By setting realistic goals, you’ll challenge yourself to maximize growth opportunities and give your best.
You can maintain your mental health by taking care of your physical health, practicing good stress coping mechanisms, valuing yourself, and connecting with others. You should also aim at growing your skillset and setting realistic goals to challenge your capabilities. Please note that consulting a mental health professional is always the best option.