Good mental health is on my mind this week as we celebrate good mental health awareness. The Mental Health Foundation has published a report about the impact of mental health – for example its estimated that two thirds of us have all experienced mental ill health at some point in our lifetime. The Foundation also believes just 13% of us are living with high levels of good mental health. It is estimated that 1 in 6 people in the past week experienced a common mental health problem! This needs to change.
For me this shows that our modern lifestyle is so stressful and finding the balance between work, career, family, relationships and all our other commitments is a major challenge. The need for greater awareness of mental health issues and individual self-care is growing. You can test your own mental health using the Foundations quick test. I recommend you have a go yourself, and take a moment to reflect on your own personal mental health.
I used this simple tool and came out average which considering my current lifestyle, having reviewed my work and life priorities over the past few months is not surprising.
For Jim and I looking at how to change our lifestyles became essential during 2016 and we are still exploring our options and learning how to work together in new exciting ways. What I have found really surprising is how well our skills complement each other but also how we can support each other, make sure we take breaks, give each other time to focus on what we want to do. Its a joy to have a colleague who is interesting, stimulating and inspiring. Working online as a couple doesn’t mean we are always working online but reading, researching, going for a walk to exercise our bodies as well as our minds.
We blog lots about ways to help you manage your time, stress and day to day challenges but one useful tip is to bring mediation into your day. Whether you are looking to unwind after a stressful day of meetings, difficult conversations or simply looking for some positive vibes to start your day. Try both Calm or Headspace apps to get you into the habit. You can try them for free and see if they help you.