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GET ON TOP OF MENTAL HEALTH
MENTAL health issues are losing their stigma at work, as more people realise their prevalence in society.
About one in five Australians are predicted to experience mental health issues in 2020, the Mental Health Council of Australia finds, so workers are urged to invest in their wellbeing now.
International Association of Clinical Neuropsychotherapy member Jurie Rossouw cofounded resilience chatbot Driven to help people improve their state of mind through interactive activities.
He says many people have resolutions to exercise more, eat better or drink less alcohol.
However, few commit to improving their resilience, which is the trait that helps them stick to their goals.
“You need to work at being resilient, by making a daily commitment to yourself to do your best, even when life gets hard,” he says.
Rossouw says there are lots of ways that workers can do this.
1 DEVELOP PURPOSE
“You do this by deciding what’s meaningful to you,” Rossouw says.
“For example, is it meaningful to you to help people, to make a difference, to learn new things, maybe?”
At day’s end, write down what you did that aligned with your purpose.
2 CHECK YOUR BIAS
“We all have a way in which we tend to think about upcoming events,” he says. “Sometimes we expect the worst, sometimes we hope for the best.
“Studies show having a negative interpretation bias, where you tend to expect the worst, leaves you with a six times higher risk of depression.” For one week, reflect on your expectations of all events, from meetings to weddings.
Challenge yourself to be open to a few positive expectations.
3 UNFOLLOW PEOPLE
Just as you can delete people on social media that frustrate or bring you down, you can also “unfollow” people in real life. “Instead of letting toxic people slowly suck your energy, free up that time and invest it into building stronger connections with people that really matter to you,” Rossouw says.
At the end of each day, think about who you have interacted with and the effect they had on you. Is there someone you need to distance yourself from?
4 MANAGE YOUR EMOTIONS
”Be conscious of your emotions, and take note of any triggers you may have as certain situations arise, as this will allow you to respond better to that same occurrence next time,” he says.