The topic of mental wellness has been increasingly mentioned in the past few years. As we awaken and realize the there is more than just work, more companies recognize that employees matter, and employers should care about the well-being of those who help them forge their business.
Today’s world is demanding and fast-paced. Employees face harder challenges, shorter deadlines, lower salaries, and demanding tasks. All these circumstances can affect the well-being of any person at any time. Our parents and grandparents did not have to deal with the kind of challenges we are facing today. According to the American Psychological Association, 37% of women and 31% of men reported an increase in stress in 2015. Those are high percentages of people affected by one or many of the factors mentioned above. It is our responsibility to step up and do something about our mental wellness and at the same time help others that are being affected too. The same way employers should incorporate incentives and support for mental wellness as part of their benefits packages.
There are many habits that affect our mental wellness. It is important to be aware of them. If you have a poor diet, high levels of stress, depression, poor physical health, smoke frequently, use drugs or have an addiction to something harmful you might be at risk. Recognizing these factors in ourselves is essential to improve our mental wellness. Seek help is you most.
There are many ways that you can improve your mental wellness. Here are some of the most powerful methods.
Did you know that stress can cause cardiovascular diseases? You can fight back by jogging regularly to lower your stress levels. Go to the gym often. Exercise is an easy way to stay physical and mentally fit. It helps to fight depression, it is an anti-anxiety treatment, promotes neural growth, reduces the symptoms of ADHD and PTSD.
Yoga is another amazing way to help you improve your well-being. It helps with more than just releasing stress but also it is deeply beneficial to your body. Yoga helps to build muscle strength, improves your bones, aligns your spine and corrects your posture, lowers blood pressure and blood sugar, improves sleep and strengthens your immune system.
Mindfulness or meditation is another method you can use to keep your mind cool and grounded. Mindfulness meditation can help you focus yourself, manage your emotions and improve your thought process. Meditation has become a common practice in the past couple years. The simple practice of focusing on your breathing can do wonders for your body, especially your heart and your brain.
A new trend that also helps to improve mental wellness is neuroscience workouts. A combination of meditation and neuro practices that aid in the improvement of the body and mind. These workouts implement yoga and martial arts along music to stimulate brainwaves.
All the previous methods mention above help to improve memory, thought process, self-esteem, and emotional resilience.
If you like integrating technology in your exercises or medications now there are apps for that. Apps such as Sattva, Headspace, The Mindfulness App, Buddhify, can help you meditate. These apps will help you with guided meditations, track your heartbeat, help you sleep and time your meditation sessions.
A day at the spa is another way relax and let go the daily tasks. Get a massage, try aromatherapy or a sauna session to unknot the muscles. Even spending time by yourself can help. Reading your favorite book at home or watching a movie are just a few of the many ways you can balance your life and improve your mental wellness.
The best way to get in the habit is to create a schedule and stick to it. Here we have something that is going to teach you how to set an intention you can keep. Improving your mental wellness is not as difficult as you might think. Your most important goal is the welfare of yourself.
Today raising awareness about mental wellness is easier than ever before. It is becoming more accepted in our society to talk about these kinds of issues. If you are being affected by any of the factors, please seek help. You can take care of yourself using one of the methods mentioned above. Today’s world is very demanding. We have to learn how to adapt and overcome the obstacles in order to move forward and design a better environment for all of us at work, at home, anywhere you are.
Alexander Torres is a Digital Marketer and Entrepreneur at The Yoga Department. You can find him learning more about the latest marketing trends, new business models, or meditating. His life goal is to create a healthy marketing symbiotic relationship between the customer and the brand. Connect with Alexander on LinkedIn.