Employee mental health and wellbeing have always been important, but the last few years have really brought them to the forefront. Investing in the wellbeing of your team isn’t just good for them – mental health challenges can really affect the way your employees show up and perform at work. Going forward, we expect employee mental health and wellbeing to become a budget line item, employee resource and affinity groups to become more commonplace, and mental health to become dinner table dialogue.
In the past, the Western system of medicine has separated physical health from mental health and focused on fixing issues instead of prevention. Mind-body medicine uses the power of thoughts and emotions to impact physical health and vice versa. Scientifically, it’s shown to increase relaxation, lower your heart rate and blood pressure, help in wound healing, ease symptoms of depression and anxiety, improve immune system function, and decrease fatigue and chronic pain.
Mind-body medicine provides a series of skills and tools for people, like meditation, guided imagery, and even simple breathing. Not all skills resonate with everyone, but experiencing lots of them can help you find what you’re drawn to and can integrate into your life to calm your nervous system down. The underpinning of all these skills is to stop and check in with yourself and how you’re doing in the moment. Providing this education in your organization builds a culture where people have the space to think about their personal wellbeing, and your team can learn a lot about each other in the process.
In this episode’s listener question, we’re asked about appropriate questions for on-demand video interviews. In the news, we discuss a survey showing that the majority of working Americans have a side hustle.
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