How to Foster Mental Wellness in Your High-Performance Plan

Mental Health affects every employee. Mental health issues affect about 80% of people in one way or another.

Chances are, you know someone who is or has dealt with mental illness and
recovery, or know of someone who is going through the process of dealing with some sort of anxiety, depression, addiction or eating disorder.

Don’t be deceived, it does affect your team.

High-performance is essential to living a full and productive life. One must develop and maintain a set of skills and strategies to prevent the onset of or shorten the duration of unproductiveness.

Being well is more than just being free of disease. It is understanding how, when, and why to seek help and being willing to fight.

Things that can assist in building balance are diet, exercise, plenty of sleep, a healthy self-image, and the development of coping skills.

Each employee goes through stressful times and the development of good coping skills allows them to maintain high performance in the face of stress.

1. Teach Your Team to Value Themselves

Teach them how to treat themselves with kindness, respect, and avoid self-criticism. Make time for their hobbies and favorite projects, or help them broaden their horizons. 

2. Take Care of Their Bodies

Taking care of themselves physically can improve their mental health. Be sure they:

  • Eat nutritious meals.
  • Avoid cigarettes.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Exercise, which helps decrease depression and anxiety and improve moods.
  • Get enough sleep. Researchers believe that lack of sleep contributes to a high rate of depression in college students.

3. Learn How to Deal with Stress

Like it or not, stress is a part of life. Practice good coping skills, exercise, take a nature walk, play with a pet, or try journaling as a stress reducer.

Also, they should remember to smile and see the humor in life. Research shows that laughter can boost an immune system, ease pain, relax a body, and reduce stress.

4. Set Realistic Goals

For your leaders, decide what you want to achieve professionally and personally, and write down the steps they need to realize their goals. Have them aim high but be realistic and don’t over-schedule.

They’ll enjoy a tremendous sense of accomplishment and self-worth as they progress toward their goal.

5. Get Help When They Need It

Seeking help is a sign of strength—not one of weakness. It is important to remember that treatment is effective. People who get appropriate care can recover quicker.

High-performance involves complete and general well-being. It’s a balance of emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental health.

Being willing to take good care of one’s health means taking stock of feelings, emotions, stress levels, and coping mechanisms, even getting screened just as you would for various physical illnesses.

Your employees must fully embrace high performance to improve the mind, body, and spirit in order to maximize the potential to lead.

High-performance principles will also lead to the prevention of mental health conditions, substance use conditions, and promote a more productive company culture.