Manufacture Your Day by BEING AWARE OF YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
Today is Mental Health Awareness Day!
Why do we need to have a specific day to remind us about the importance of mental health? Here are some CAMH statistics.
I find the challenge of mental health in the manufacturing industry so significant that I have decided at the beginning of the year to support CAMH (The Centre for Addition and Mental Health) with monthly donations.
I have noticed that most people in the industry are overworked and under-appreciated, which contributes to mental health challenges.
Did you know that 1 out of 5 Canadians experiences a mental illness or addiction problem?
Here are the 5 most common mental health disorders:
- Eating Disorders
- Substance Abuse
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
Of course sleep deprivation affects your psychological state and mental health also tremendously. Understanding the importance of sleep is really important.
I would like to share a letter with you that one of my workshop participants wrote and he shared it with the people in the room. Of course he gave me permission to use it. I hope it will make you think.
“As soon as I wake up in the morning (very early I might add), I don’t know if it’s old age or work-related stress, I start thinking about work and all the projects/issues that I have to deal with that day, that week, that month.
My job has a way of making itself my number 1 priority and keeps me up late at night and makes me wake up early. I always try to remind myself, and so do my children:
- don’t worry too much about work
- ensure to have a healthy work-life balance
- take a vacation
- make sure to exercise and be mentally healthy
Obviously, being stubborn, I ignored that little voice of reason and my kids, and continued along the same path. I have been getting worn down physically and mentally, and I needed to find a solution.
Since our discussion yesterday about the anger iceberg where we learned about the symptoms of stress (lack of sleep, annoyance, frustration) can all be associated to mental health, I’ve come to the realization that I need to change my approach.
Initially I thought I was too busy to attend this course, but it has helped me determine the cause of my current stress and how to solve it.
I also really enjoyed the suggestions on how to manage my stress.
From now on I will…
- delegate, so that I don’t spread myself too thin
- trust my colleagues with important tasks
- have open lines of communication
- ensure a good work-life balance and join a gym
- Do meditation and focus on breathing techniques
This will help me moving forward so that I will be better suited to handle this fast-paced environment while still being both, physically and mentally healthy, which won’t allow stress to overpower me.”
This should be enough “Food for Thought” today.