How honest are you about your wellness? How happy are you really?

There has been a lot of focus on mental health – and it is also a growing concern in workplaces – rightly so. This is an area I am very passionate about. I have seen many individuals who battle with the fact that they struggle with a mental load and not always sure how to deal with this. Also, there are some individuals who don’t even know this is part of their journey.

 The truth is scary about depression and mental health… especially how this impacts workplaces.

This prediction makes me question the following:

  • Are you going to be one of the predicted people suffering from a mental health related condition in 10 years?
  • What can we change now to prevent this?
  • What realities do we need to acknowledge in order to move forward so that this doesn’t happen?
  • Are workplaces really acknowledging this burden and supporting their teams?

With the right adjustment(s) we can impact this prediction and live a life filled with (more) happy people.

One step at a time; day for day

The first step is to give yourself the gift of reflection and completion. A gift of choosing a different way to end this year… so let’s take a moment to pause, reflect and to have an honest look at your life and well-being.

Cut down the noise – do an audit of your mental, emotional and physical well-being.  The following steps might support you to complete 2018 in such a way that 2019 can be the best year ever.

  • Step 1 – When looking at the past year, identify which interactions / conversations / events are still taking up space in your mind? Which area needs completion and/or adjustment? What is draining your energy – emotionally and mentally?
  • Step 2 – Sit down and write about the event/situation. Don’t overthink or be critical at this point, just write as much detail as possible about the interaction / conversation / event. Sometimes bullet points work if you are not an “essay-type-of-writer”.
  • Step 3 – Once done, step away for an hour or so. Then, go back and have a critical look at what you have written – no edits allowed. Identify which parts are factual (it can’t be argued) and which parts is your own conclusion / assumption / story?
  • Step 4 – Create two lists, one with the factual detail and a list with your subjective stories.
  • Step 5 – Recognise the emotion this interaction / conversation / event is creating. Our emotions influence our actions in any situation.
  • Step 6 – Reflect on the two lists. Consider if there is anything you can acknowledge, decide or let go off to find completion and move forward? Any changes you choose to implement? At this point, you may feel that you would like to ‘edit’ your story – this will create a new emotion = changing your actions.
  • Step 7 – Decide: Are you truly committed to make these changes? If so, let the journey begin.

My gift to you is the Dandelion Commitment Colour-in Chart as a FREE download. This will support you to track your newly made commitments daily and if needed, tweak any aspect of your plan.

We are what we repeatedly do.

Some inspiration for increasing your well-being:

  • Adopt a growth mindset and never stop learning
  • Own your voice, share your opinion and practice to respectfully say exactly what you want, need and feel
  • Be mindful not to judge (neither others nor yourself)
  • Dream big and have the discipline to make it happen
  • Make a difference; be kind to others
  • Have daily gratitude rituals or practices

If you need additional support on your journey, please drop me a mail at hello@anjavanbeek.co.za – it is sometimes helpful to have an objective “partner” to support you along the way.

#PrioritiseYou #Wellbeing #MentalHealth

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