Every once in a while a presentation by a colleague at work makes me sit up & take notice. Focusing in on protecting ‘our own’ mental health, this presentation prompted me to go online & read a little more on ‘Wellbeing’, & clicking on the first link, this quote appeared which made perfect sense to me …
“Of course, good mental wellbeing does not mean that you never experience feelings or situations that you find difficult,” says Professor Stewart-Brown. “But it does mean that you feel you have the resilience to cope when times are tougher than usual.”
As I continued to read the article, & others, the advice given was not ‘Rocket Science’, but for many reasons, had been pretty much totally ignored as I continued the pursuit of excellence in my career. But as I reflect, at what cost to me personally? As such, for me & many others, here are 5 simple steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing:
- Spend time developing relationships with those close to us.
- Take regular exercise.
- Learn a new skill totally unrelated to work life.
- Give to others, from a small act such as a thank-you, to a personal commitment such as volunteering, has positive benefits on mental wellbeing.
- Be more aware of the present moment, including your own personal feelings & thoughts.
For me, I have recently developed an interest in producing pieces of artwork based on a coastline theme. Hopefully, many of the 5 steps listed above can be satisfied as I start this new endeavour …