Beginning the year by taking control of your health and well-being is an opportunity that can help you deal with life’s uncertainties. However, your mental health should be a priority throughout your journey. Nowadays, people are becoming more aware of what their bodies and minds require in order to maintain a sense of balance in their lives. Being deliberate about valuing your mental health allows you to connect more deeply with others, reduce anxiety, and boost your confidence.
According to a Headspace report, 91 percent of Australians believe mental health in the workplace is essential. According to an ABS study, 45 percent of Australians aged 16 to 85 are likely to suffer from a mental health condition at some point in their lives. Untreated mental health conditions are estimated to cost Australian workplaces $10.9 billion per year.
Many Australian workers anticipate workplace support for mental health, but many lack knowledge of or access to necessary resources. Here are some pointers to prioritise your mental health if you want to improve your wellbeing in 2023.
1. Set Aside Time for Yourself
This may seem obvious, but when life and work get in the way, it can be difficult to find time for self-care or self-reflection. We put so much energy into other people, that we sometimes forget that “WE” matter as well. Doing things that YOU want to do that and makes you feel good can have a positive impact on your overall mental health. Set aside some time for yourself to keep your mental health in check throughout 2023. Make time each week for “me-time,” whether it’s reading a book, doodling, watching your favourite movie, or taking a yoga/meditation class.
2. Incorporate Gratitude into Your Daily Routine
Incorporating gratitude into your daily life is a great way to create a positive outlook on your life. Simply listing two things you’re grateful for each day for two weeks has been shown in studies to lessen depression and anxiety while boosting connection, productivity, and resilience. Keeping a list of the things you’re thankful for on your phone or in a gratitude journal can make 2023 a better year!
3. Create a Strong Support System
Unfortunately, many of us are hesitant to seek help when we are experiencing mental health issues. We are often too embarrassed or ashamed to express our emotions, but it is critical to remember that you are not alone. Let’s break the stigma in 2023 by establishing a support system of family, friends, and professionals who can help you in times of need. Find out if your company offers any initiatives or programs that you can take part in all year long. Additionally, think about getting counselling if you are struggling to strike a balance between work and life. They can offer you suggestions on how to make your workplace more adaptable to your mental health.
4. Take Short Breaks
Another way to break up the monotony of a long workday is to stand up and stretch. Regular breaks throughout the day can significantly enhance your physical and mental wellbeing. Short breaks enable you to unwind and refocus, rejuvenating your body and mind. They also enable us to become more productive over time as we perform better at work when we are energised. You can have more energy and mental clarity to take on any tasks that come your way if you take the time to deliberately pause and find moments of peace.
5. Know Your Limitations
The lines between our personal and professional lives have become blurred as many of us work to live and live to work. We sometimes find ourselves checking emails that arrive after business hours or responding to messages from a coworker. Setting emotional, physical, and professional boundaries is essential for good mental health. When you feel free to say “no” to demands or obligations, you are better able to take care of your own self-care needs and deal with other tasks later on.