How do you look after your mental health?
Everyone is very aware of their physical health, especially in a climate like this. Over lockdown sales of kettlebells and yoga mats boomed as people used their new-found time to boost their physical health and fitness.
However, it struck me, when talking to a client about a potential new job opportunity, how little awareness many of us have about our mental health. She was telling me that this new job was great, but the hours would be long, and so I asked what, to me, was the obvious question: "How will that impact your mental health?" She immediately replied "Oh, but I don’t have mental health problems." This assumption on her part, that I was alluding to poor mental health, rather than the concept of mental health as a whole, got me thinking about how many people share this view. And whilst the conversations about mental health are increasing, it is still seen as a taboo topic by many people. But everyone has mental health, just as you have physical health, whether it’s poor or good. You just may not realise it until it has become a problem.
How many diets have you been on or how many times have you pulled that face while stuffing down your broccoli because you know all the benefits eating well or getting your 5-a-day might have on your physical health. But how much time have you spent making sure that you’re doing the same for your mental health? When was the last time that you intentionally set aside time to do something that reduced your stress or helped you get away from the daily grind of work and chores?
One of the things I hear the most is "But I don’t have time to do that." We all lead busy, stressful lives. We all have things we have to do: feeding our families, cleaning the house, doing the weekly shop. But many of us forget to make time for us, and for the things that help us reduce stress, increase our wellbeing and avoid burnout.
So how can coaching help? Whether you’re feeling stressed or anxious or whether you’re just feeling flat, exhausted and not you. Coaching provides a safe environment for you to look at your life and schedule and carve out time for you, to ensure that you are making yourself and your wellbeing and mental health a priority, wherever you are on the infinite spectrum of mental health.
Not ready to start coaching yet? That’s absolutely fine. But next time you’re scheduling your haircut, spin class or Joe Wicks YouTube session, ask yourself when was the last time I made time I booked time to look at prioritising my mental health?