Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay and, by now, you’ve probably seen that hashtag floating around the interwebs. At least, we hope you have.
In 2014, we shifted our focus to the corporate wellness industry. We knew that “wellness” had gotten a little stale and that corporate wellness programs lacking engagement, clearly, weren’t helping the employees they were designed to keep healthy. So, we decided to change that.
Last May, we set out on our mission to #redefinewellness. Needless to say, mental wellness is a necessary component of overall wellness, so here are three easy ways to take care of your mental wellness on #WorldMentalHealthDay (and every day after).
Sweat it out
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one in five American adults lives with a mental illness, while another one in five adults has an anxiety disorder. Only forty-one percent of those people receive treatment. While we’re not in the business of diagnosing or treating these people, we are in a position to help.
Numerous studies have demonstrated the positive effects exercise has on a person’s mental health, and, while we never need an excuse to work out, many fitness classes, like yoga and boxing, promote mental wellness just as much as physical. So, grab a friend or coworker (colleagues make the best workout buddies) and get your sweat on!
Logistically, this is probably the hardest thing to do on this list - and we get it. We’re attached to our phones (and Slack and Instagram and Facebook and emails) just as much as you are, but truly unplugging, even just a few hours a day or on the weekend, can make all the difference in the world.
Employee burnout, largely caused by blurred lines between work and home, is becoming a huge issue. Generally speaking, it’s not good for anyone to get burned out, but it’s especially true if you’re someone already living with anxiety or depression. Give yourself permission to turn off your phone (it’s okay, we promise!) and reconnect with yourself. Need some ideas? Here are some of our favorite self-care rituals that have absolutely nothing to do with bath bombs.
Note: This is perhaps best used when combined with vacation or personal days that you should most definitely be using. Remember, you have them for a reason!
In the words of Maya Angelou, “the caged bird sings of freedom.”
We weren’t meant to be cooped up inside all day, especially when you consider how much time people spend working in an office. There’s evidence to prove there are serious health benefits for spending time outside, so try incorporating a simple walk around your neighborhood after dinner or a weekend hike into your routine. After all, it’s called “The Great Outdoors” for a reason.
It’s been over a year since we set out on our mission to #redefinewellness, and we haven’t looked back since. At Peerfit, we’re expected to make our health and well-being a priority, and we work every day so that, one day, every company will ask their employees to do the same.
People start to heal the moment they feel heard, so let’s #redefinewellness every day, together.