By Team Corporate Communications
At a time when our jobs are shifting from 9-5 to 24*7, when we are spending more time in front of screens than with our friends, and when our needs are changing from monetary to psychological; ‘Mental Health’ is a buzzword that has caught everyone’s attention.
But what does mental health mean?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”. Simply put, Mental health is a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being.
What makes mental health so important?
Our mental health affects how we handle stress, relate to one another and make decisions. Mental health also influences the way individuals look at themselves, their lives and others in their lives. A person in sound mental condition not only enjoys the environment he lives in but also contributes to the community around him.
Workplace performance and mental health highly influence each other. A healthy mind can make a professional more productive, focussed and happy at his or her workplace. On the other hand, bad mental health can cause fatigue, boredom and depression at workplace.
The following stats highlights the seriousness of mental issues at work place:
- One out of every two employees in corporate India suffers from anxiety and depression.
- 46% of workforce in India suffer from some or the other form of stress.
- 80% of the affected employees suffer for over a year before seeking professional help.
So what can we do about it?
Charity begins at home. Before searching for mental health patients in our community, we need to observe our and our near one’s behaviour. The cure starts from observing the signs early and admitting to the problem.
Apart from tracking the changes the following steps can help in improving the mental health condition of an individual:
- Value Yourself
- Take care of your body
- Surround yourself with people who appreciate and respect you
- Break up monotony
- Set realistic goals
- Ask for help when needed
Mental health is increasingly getting important for both our workplace and our personal lives. With our lifestyle becoming more and more dynamic, we cannot expect mental stress to reduce, however, coping it with efficiently can help us in keeping ourselves mentally healthy.
Video Credits: QueensU be Well, Position ignition
Data Source: YourStory, Economic Times & UHS (University of Michigan)