Many of us struggle to make our mental health a priority. Deadlines, family responsibilities and life obstacles take over and leave us tired. We don’t recognize our vulnerabilities to stress and mental health issues until we start to feel unwell physically. * There are actions anyone can take to manage the uncontrollable pressures of life’s demand and improve our mental health:
Set boundaries. Decide what’s most important, then learn to say no when taking on too many responsibilities.
Forget being perfect. Pursuing goals can lead to positive outcomes, but attempting to keep up an impossible schedule can lead to mental health distress.
Take daily breaks. Plan small quality time for yourself to focus on doing something that renews your mind, body and soul. A walk, time with a pet, music, anything that you enjoy.
* World Health Organization, Workforce 2030
“Smile, breathe, and go slowly.” Thich Nhat Hanh