“Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos- the trees, the clouds, everything.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Mental health is a state of individual well-being and effective functioning in the environment in which the person: Is aware of their own abilities; faces the normal tensions of life; works productively and fruitfully; and is able to make a contribution to their community.
Mental health encompasses a wide range of activities directly or indirectly related to the mental well-being component included in the definition of health provided by the World Health Organization (WHO): “A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not only the absence of conditions or diseases. It is related to the promotion of well-being, the prevention of mental disorders and the treatment and rehabilitation of people affected by such disorders.”
Work-related health risks
In the workplace, 1 in 5 people may experience a mental health disorder. Difficulties in finding a job or changing jobs, bad experiences with bosses or colleagues, rigid work schedules, poor employee decision-making power or task overload, all affect mood and self-esteem which may lead to a mental health concern.
Psychological or physical harassment and bullying at work (mobbing) are also frequent causes of work stress. The direct impact on workplaces can be found in factors such as increased absenteeism and rotation, reduced productivity, along with increased health care costs.
- Depression is a common mental disorder affecting more than 264 million people worldwide. *World Health Organization 2019
- An estimated 275 million people (4% of the global population) suffer from anxiety disorders. *World Economic Forum 2019
- More than 800 million people (more than 10% of the global population) lived with a mental health disorder. *University of Oxford
Mental health at work can be promoted by:
- Active participation and decision making among workers.
- Clearly defined roles and responsibilities.
- The reconciliation of work and personal life.
- Respect and avoidance of derogatory or discriminatory attitudes.
- Properly managed workloads.
- Continuous training.
- Formal procedures for conflict resolution.
- Recognition of workers and their work product.
How to take care of your mental health:
- Detect symptoms of stress and seek activities that reduce its effects on the body.
- Listen to music. It can act as a filter that can moderate unpleasant noises.
- Stay alert for compulsion to eat too much, constipation, hair loss, etc.
- Take breaks in your activities and allow your brain to rest.
- Take outdoor walks, they will benefit you physically and emotionally.
- Set priorities and downplay circumstances that may interfere with your goals.
- Train your brain with mental exercises or skill games.
- Eat properly and don't skip meals.
In conclusion, stress is important to take into consideration for both one’s personal health as well as one's colleagues, both for performance as well as for health reasons. There are many ways to relieve stress or to avoid it altogether. This should be the primary focus for everyone, no matter the situation, as a healthy mind is a productive and happy self.
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