When we talk about mental health more often than not, we are referring to stress, anxiety, and depression. The question I have is why we only refer to mental health when it’s quite serious. This is like me talking about physical health and only talking about it if I’m laid up in bed with a bad back, or me talking about physical fitness if I’m that unfit that I can’t tie my shoelaces.
The point I’m making here is that in the same way that our physical health and fitness are on a spectrum between amazing and almost nothing, then mental health needs to be dealt with in the same way. Let me give you an example to highlight my point. Imagine you can run a mile in 7 minutes, and you do this consistently 3 times a week. You then don’t run for a few weeks so next time you do run it takes you 7 and a half minutes to run a mile. You know straight away that your fitness levels have dropped and what you need to do to get back to running a mile in 7 minutes. Once you get back to running a mile in 7 minutes you also know what you need to do to improve your fitness so you can run a mile in 6 and a half minutes. Physical fitness is a range. You don’t go from running a mile in 7 minutes to running a mile in 7 and half minutes and ignore it or say to yourself “This is part of life”, and then only take action when your fitness has decreased that much that you can’t even tie your shoelaces without getting out of breath. That would be a non sensical way of looking at fitness.
So why do we only look at mental health when it’s reached stress, anxiety, or depression?
Mental health, like physical health, and physical fitness IS a spectrum.
Everyone has mental health. Some people’s mental health is in a great place as they are living in a place of joy. Other people’s mental health is “Ok” and generally they are happy but sometimes are sad. Some people’s mental health is not great as they are angry a lot and very stressed. Then there are some people whose mental health is not good as they are anxious or depressed.
Why don’t we start looking at it as mind health? For one this will help us all to begin to focus more on our mind health, and at the same time remove the stigma that many people have about talking about mental health.
If your mind health is anything less than joy, lets address it and return to joy, let’s not wait until you are depressed so that we can say “Oh you have mental health issues now, let’s address it.” NO! Let’s address it straight away.
Mind health isn’t just something that we need to address in our personal lives, it is something that affects our working lives as well. Stress, anxiety, and depression are common in the workplace and we are working hard to address these.
How do we do this? By looking at the thoughts that have caused you to feel less than joy – Self enquiry.
This is the SEJ Process. A process that enables us to question the thoughts that causing us to feel less than joy and return to a place of joy.
We offer a completely holistic approach to mind health here at the SEJ by providing training, services, and support to you not only whilst you are at work, but also supporting you in your personal life when you are outside of work. Our range of services support businesses, their employees, and also their family members. This holistic approach makes sure that any issues that are affecting you at work can be addressed before they affect your personal life, and likewise any issues that are affecting your personal life are addressed before they begin to impact on your work.
You can find out about the SEJ and how it helps you. Just go to https://www.thesej-business.co.uk
Life is supposed to be joyful, so…
Live in joy