By Catherine Nitelet-Vedder, Wellness Educator

Living with a mental illness can be difficult, but getting treatment and finding support from others doesn’t have to be. Mental illness can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, social class, income, or background and there are plenty of steps you can take to help reduce stigma and discrimination in your community. Even the smallest actions can have a major impact…

Maintain your social contacts

Contacts play an important role when it comes to mental health in the workplace. The exchange with colleagues and their appreciation can satisfy the need for belonging and social acceptance. Feel free to give praise when the situation calls for it and get involved in your team.

Mobility Concern

Sitting at a desk for long periods of time exposes us to high physical stress. The ability to concentrate is also limited. This is why you should plan active breaks in your day: Take the stairs instead of the elevator or use your lunch break to take a walk in the great outdoors. Even small changes make a difference!

Finding the Right Balance

In the age of the home office and constant accessibility, the lines between work and life often become blurry and this causes problems. If you don’t have the necessary peace of mind during your work and after work you find it difficult to disconnect, it is a good idea to organize your work place. Set up your desk so that you are surrounded only by the things you need to work and allow yourself to put your cell phone away and log off after you are done working.

Highlight Positive Events

In our rapidly changing world, it is not uncommon for the pace to be hectic.. Take more time to perceive yourself. Reflecting on what went well and what went wrong helps you understand your emotions. Even though a person tends to pay more attention to negative events than positive ones, you need to regularly remind yourself of the positive moments of the day or week.

Reward yourself

Divide your work into phases. After you finish a project, take a few minutes for yourself, if possible. Take care of the little highlights: A coffee, tea or a tasty snack will give you

new energy. Only then can you devote yourself to the next task with full concentration. Also plan for after-work activities that you can look forward to.

Take Time For Yourself

Anyone who is constantly under work stress puts their mental health at risk. That’s why you should take a break every now and then – and not just once a year. It could be a long-awaited family vacation in the mountains or by the sea, a yoga lesson or a weekend at a spa!

What if it gets too much: Get support!

The circumstances of life, work or family are sometimes difficult. No one should be left alone with their problems. If you don’t have anyone to talk to, get professional help.

WYAO Hawaii is here to support you and your team during these challenging times and beyond. Call or email for an education session that can support, educate, and help your team to continue to step into their best selves!

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