May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness is amplifying the message “You Are Not Alone” in reaction to the isolation many have experienced. Certainly, the past year introduced new stressors we’ve never seen before, making mental health efforts even more important.
The happier and healthier you are, the more valuable you are to others. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), well-being boosts immune function and longevity, while decreasing injuries and illness. People with high levels of well-being are more productive at work and are more likely to contribute within their communities.
As we increase awareness around mental health this month, there’s plenty we can do—both as individuals and as a company—to shine a light on our well-being.
Little steps make a big difference
Focusing on your wellness doesn’t have to be complicated. Little daily steps can have a major impact.
I’m a big fan of getting a healthy dose of sunshine (along with Vitamin D) every day, which has numerous benefits, like fighting off disease, helping with weight loss, and reducing the chances of depression. I’ll step outside to get some fresh air and say hello to my neighbors, or I’ll take a phone call from my deck.
I also like to find time each day to check in with myself. Earlier this week, I felt stressed, so I paused for a moment to center myself. I closed my eyes and took three deep breaths. When I opened my eyes back up, I felt calmer and ready to get back to my productive self.
These are all little steps you can take to build a foundation for your well-being. And the best part? You don’t have to go it alone.
The workplace can support your wellness. Many companies now offer some kind of Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that offers resources for better mental and physical health.
At Lucas Group, we have a new wellness platform called Wellness Everything. It encompasses physical, mental, social, and financial wellness, and it’s a clever way to encourage people to focus more on their well-being.
There are daily, weekly, and monthly challenges within Wellness Everything. For example, we have mental health challenges this month that include doing yoga or meditating. If an employee does the challenge and submits it through the program, they get points to use at a rewards mall.
Incentives like that can help people explore new ways to boost their well-being. The practices that work best for each person then become a habit, leading to a healthier and more productive workday.
5 Things Under 5 Minutes to Add to Your Routine
Ready to focus on your well-being? Here are five things to add to your routine that all take five minutes.
Make your bed, which will leave you feeling more accomplished both at the start and end of the day.