Today is World Mental Health Day.
The WHO says “mental health is a state of mental well-being that enables people to cope with the stresses of life, realize their abilities, learn well and work well, and contribute to their community.
It is an integral component of health and well-being that underpins our individual and collective abilities to make decisions, build relationships and shape the world we live in.
Mental health is a basic human right.
And it is crucial to personal, community and socio-economic development.”
Whether your mental health, or those around you, is lagging and sagging or soaring and enduring or somewhere in between, here are four tools to help you.
Speed date your colleagues
- We’re often so flooded with to-do’s at work that we neglect taking time to just hang out and connect. Check out my ‘speed date’ your colleague cards to help you just do that. Scroll down on both posts to find questions to prompt discussion, this one is personally focused and this one is professionally focused.
Take a break
- Extended sitting puts us at risk for forty more diseases. Yikes! Here are twenty-four innovative ways to take a break, with my ‘break cards.’
- Mental health includes being resilient. Did you know you can measure your resilience or your grit level? Check out my survey here.
- Look for creative ways to build up your mental health. Check out this example from Guy Raz’s How I built this podcast, The Confess Project: Lorenzo Lewis who talks about black barbers as “a first line of defense in addressing mental health challenges for Black men.”
From speed dating and taking a break to getting gritty and inspired, I’ve got your back and I’m celebrating you and yours wherever today finds you on the mental health continuum.
Now go on and learn, learn some more, and lead
- Pick one of the four tools above that pulls you in and try it.
- Take inspiration (and some energy) from this exuberant dog who is VERY excited to be out walking.
- Share the tools and your learnings with a friend or colleague who you think could use a boost to their mental health.
P.S. In honour of World Mental Health Day let’s stay connected. Free weekly coaching by email on how to use humanity and humour to problem solve, right here.