Many times, when we think about health, we might unconsciously limit it to the realm of physical wellbeing. Rather, we need to understand the deeper implications beyond that. As stated by the World Health Organisation: ‘Healthisastateofcompletephysical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’ Although the issue of mental and social health might be sensitive to some, it is undeniably integral in sustaining our overall condition as human beings. Mental health is the state of holistic wellbeing in which ‘everyindividualrealiseshisorherownpotential, cancopewiththenormalstressesoflife, canworkproductivelyandfruitfully, andisabletomakeacontributiontoher or his community.’
With the stresses of modern day life, it is completely normal to suffer from mental health illnesses such as depression, post-traumatic stress or to simply feel disconnected at times. Consequently, the time has come for us to reconsider wellbeing and the way we feel about ourselves and lives in general. Many factors influence our wellbeing and a part of that is inner happiness and satisfaction. Feeling contentment, confidence, enjoyment and positive engagement with the outside world are all part of mental wellbeing.
We encourage everyone to foster good working relationships and a positive environment to build on what is already a great working culture at BMMI.
Healthy employees are happier and more productive so to feel good and to improve your mental wellbeing, approach the following steps with an open heart and mind:
Build a connection: Connect with the people and society around you - your family, friends, colleagues and even your neighbours. Spend time and effort in building positive relationships and a support system that you can rely on.
Keep on learning: Learning something new or acquiring a new skill can give you a sense of achievement and boost your confidence. It’s never too late to learn a new language or sign up for that cooking course! Go crazy and unleash your inner talents.
Start on giving: The smallest acts of kindness make the biggest difference. Why not embark on some volunteer work to serve your local community? Not only will this improve mental wellbeing, but it will also build on your social network.
Be active: Regular exercise can be a great stress reliever. You don’t have to go to the gym so take a walk, play football, or find a physical activity that you enjoy and make it part of your routine.
Be present: Be more aware and live the moment. Try to be in sync with and aware of your feelings, thoughts, and body. Such ‘mindfulness’ can dramatically change the way you connect with yourself and the world around you.