When it comes to mental health we have been doing this for a long time now, about a decade! It really is time to take a step back, look at this in a practical and functional way and make some real changes before it is to late. After all, if we don’t make changes this will only continue to get worse year on year, we need to stop doing the same things and expecting different results – Albert Einstein described this as the definition of insanity.
Change can be daunting and at this point there defiantly isn’t a quick fix but if we start to take steps now and continue to, building on what we are doing day on day then we can find our way out of this. Creating a happier and more functional future for ourselves and our children.
I am of course talking about preventative mental health tools, something I talk about a lot and something that (when done well) is what is going to start to unravel the mess we have found ourselves, our work colleagues and our children in. This needs to be looked at in our personal lives, at our workplaces and in our schools, with an educated and organised approach in all.
There are many ways we can do this and many options, tools and techniques we can all learn and benefit from. The place to start though needs to be an education. An education around different modalities, different tools, different ways of looking at mental and emotional health. We are all different and need to find what works for us but how can we do that from a point of not knowing. Once people can understand how things works, why they work, some science behind therapies and techniques, a little about emotions and what they mean then we can come from a point of understanding and feeling positive about making these changes.
When working with people, businesses or schools I am often asked to provide mindfulness, meditation, Melp (our mental health app), coaching tools etc but I have to say why, why do that? Do you, your employees or your students know how this works, do they know why they should do it, do they know what the process will be and common mis-happenings? No, so why would they engage in this? It needs to start with education and understanding, then much more people will understand the benefits and engage in what we are providing.
Also key when making any changes, start small! Don’t overwhelm yourselves, employees or students with everything all at once. Make it a gentle build, Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither were you! Be kind to yourself, understand there will still be tough days and times when you fall out of routines. Just pick yourself up and start again. Think of this like a diet, if you go in strong on a fad ‘only eating cabbage’ diet you will probably fail, so just make small changes a little at a time. If you need any help or support with this in yourself, school or business get in touch, I would love to help. firstname.lastname@example.org