Workplace Wellness Insights: Self-Care and Your Mental Health

Each month, we send out our RK Healthy Workforce wellness newsletter. In it, we provide health and wellness tips for your work and life. More than half of adults in the United States will experience mental illness—which refers to a variety of conditions that affect one’s mood, behavior, feelings or thinking—at some point in their life. Mental illnesses can occur occasionally, while others are chronic. Common mental illnesses include anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Mental Health Awareness Month, observed every May, is a time to raise awareness about mental health, break the stigma and support people with mental illness.

Each condition has its own unique symptoms, but common signs of mental illness include the following:

  • Feeling sad, irritable or angry for an extended time
  • Feeling excessively paranoid, worried or anxious
  • Experiencing extreme mood swings
  • Avoiding friends and social activities
  • Changing eating habits due to increased hunger or lack of appetite
  • Having trouble sleeping or making dramatic sleeping pattern changes

One or two of these symptoms alone can’t predict a mental illness, but they may indicate a need for further evaluation.

Taking Care of Yourself

One way to improve your mental health is through self-care. Self-care looks different for every person since it involves doing things that you enjoy or need. Here are some ideas for how to practice self-care:

  • Live healthy by eating well, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly.
  • Connect regularly with friends and family who encourage and support you.
  • Pamper yourself by watching your favorite TV show, taking a bath, applying a face mask, getting a massage or reading a book.
  • Find ways to relax, including meditating, practicing yoga, going on a nature walk or baking.

The goal is to try to do something you enjoy every day. If you have concerns about a loved one’s or your mental health, contact a doctor or mental health professional.

Our monthly wellness newsletter also provides healthy recipes, seasonal tips and other valuable resources. In May 2021, other topics include:

  • Skin Cancer and You
  • Sunscreen Label 101 
  • Fast Food and Heart Health
  • Pasta Primavera Recipe 

If you would like to receive this newsletter in your email each month, contact your R&K client manager. Also, check back with us next month for more workplace wellness insights.

Rose & Kiernan, Inc. offers workplace wellness support through our signature platform RKHealthy Workforce. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us here or by calling (800) 242-4433.

Note: This article is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be exhaustive, nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. Readers should contact a health professional for appropriate advice.

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