World Mental Health Day is celebrated annually on 10th October and the theme being observed this year is “Mental Health for All.” Our translation of this notion is that everyone benefits when wellbeing becomes a priority. Now more than ever, recognizing this concept is in everyone’s best interest. As 10th October nears, challenge yourself by seeking wellbeing support and ways to become a mental health advocate, for yourself and for others.
For those who often practice self reflection, maybe you are already aware of the practices you need to maintain to keep yourself happy and healthy. Even if you currently feel completely fulfilled, good wellbeing practices can be helpful to learn for later on. Ultimately, everyone faces periods of tension or struggle. By investing time into your emotional wellbeing, you may start to realize stressors or harmful habits that were unclear to you before. If you’re interested in identifying and managing triggers that affect your stress and confidence, check out our wellbeing programmes HERE.
Better your relationships
You may not notice any red flags within yourself or lifestyle at this time, but being aware of current mental health trends is still important for your relationships with others. If you are able to advocate for these issues, then you may start to recognize and address self-destructive patterns in those around you. Speaking up and spreading information about mental health will hopefully allow others to recognize these tendencies in themselves. It’s easy to say that when the people you choose to involve in your daily life are feeling good, you feel good. The New York Times outlines some excellent approaches to asking someone how they are really doing or if they need support HERE.
Breaking down barriers
The reason why so many people don’t seek the support they deserve usually tends to be related to a fear of talking about your own mental health issues. However, this fear is exactly what this year’s theme aims to keep from happening. If the apprehension to search for help continues, then the ability to take proactive measures will carry on being interrupted. Essentially, the more that people talk about both wellbeing and unhappiness, the less daunting admitting emotional distress will be. One of the more comforting ways to dismantle this intimidation is to understand that investing in your wellbeing is a preventative measure in and of itself. You do not have to be diagnosed by a medical professional in order to commit to self-care.
When it comes to approaching mental health and wellbeing subjects, one of the most important and useful qualities to be mindful of is empathy. Empathy is so much more than just relating to someone or being there for them. When you show empathy towards someone, you are letting them know that they are not alone in a stressful situation. When someone is choosing to share some of their worries or frustrations to you, you do not need to have been through the same exact circumstances as them. The easiest part of being empathetic is telling someone that you have felt the same emotions that they are experiencing in that moment of vulnerability. Encourage the people around you to talk with you to show that you welcome them to open up about their emotional health, and hopefully they will reciprocate that openness to you as well.
Our interactive corporate workshops include insights on effective and meaningful communication and nourishing social connections, see HERE.
World Mental Health Day goes beyond 10th October
A single day dedicated to mental health is not enough to ensure lifelong happiness, but it can be the first step towards your aim in becoming the best version of yourself. The World Health Organization is one of the major observers of World Mental Health Day. On 9th October they will be hosting a twenty-four hour march for mental health and will be organizing an online event through various social media platforms on 10th October. This virtual experience, called “The Big Event for Mental Health,” will be the first of its kind. Topics will range anywhere from social isolation and fear of contracting coronavirus to economic stress and beyond. As a result of the global pandemic, stress levels are unusually high this year and have exposed the room for growth in wellbeing management. Increasingly more studies are proving that providing wellbeing support has a high return on investment (especially for businesses and corporations), bringing up further conversation about improving financial interest. Likewise, the event will discuss making mental health care accessible for anyone who requires it.
This 10th October, take the time you need to address your own needs as well as others. See this day as an opportunity to focus on what needs to be done to boost your own happiness and try to extend those habits year-round. Remote work can be mentally draining, so consider directing your creativity and strengths to our Online Wellbeing Workshops. These include ‘Art as a Form of Meditation,’ in which you can find new ways to express yourself through art therapy. ‘Creative Writing & Art’ allows you to blend your ideas and visualizations into a unified composition.
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Words by Elena Bulthuis