The Importance of Mental Health Awareness Day 10th October 2016

 


Mental health influences how we think, interact and behave.

 

Problems of mental health can affect anyone regardless of the age, social class or background. Research studies indicate that a mental health patient has an average life expectancy of 1 to 2 decades less when compared to those of sound mental health.

 

There is a significant link between mental health and physical health. This is because individuals with mental illness are highly likely to develop chronic illnesses and vice versa.

 

The importance of mental health awareness day on 10th October is to enable everyone to focus on mental health issues that are often ignored.

Statistics

Research statistics very but close to 50% of adults will experience mental health problems at one point or the other in their lives. 50% of such people experience symptoms that are moderate to severe in intensity.

 

4 of 10 major causes of disability among individuals aged 5 years or older are problems associated with mental health. Depression (a form of mental illness) is the main cause of disability.

 

More shocking is that only 20% of victims of mental illnesses access professional help. There is no doubt that a big improvement is needed to change the statistics. 

Importance of mental health awareness day in society

The importance of mental health awareness in society cannot be over emphasized.

 

What follows are some of the reasons why creating awareness of mental health in society is essential for individuals and their loved ones:

  • Mental health awareness in society helps to educate the public and therefore reduce stigma associated with it. This will serve to alter misconceptions related to mental illness. Destroying such barriers to support and social stigmas can go a long way in the mental illness awareness campaign. 
  • Creating awareness of mental health in society can assist individuals to recognize some mental illness warning signs. This can facilitate early or timely professional diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. Reaching for help early enough has been the pitfall for most mental illness cases. 
  • Such mental health awareness days serve to remind people of the reality of these illnesses and to emphasize that they require proper treatment. 
  • Awareness will help in reducing and eventually eliminating the cases of suicide instigated by mental illnesses. 
  • It helps end social exclusion experienced by mental health patients. This is very significant as over 70% of mental health victims conceal their illness to themselves. This happens because they fear being judged by peers and the society as a whole. 
  • It promotes better comprehension of issues that are related to mental illness in society.
  • It encourages the celebration of each and every individual’s unique worth in society and also encourages supporting victims of mental illness. 
  • It may assist in changing the mindset of insurance companies and policy makers to pay for the treatment required by mental illness patients. 

Conclusion

Mental health awareness day is a noble and global initiative by the World Federation for Mental Health that is aimed at promoting understanding of this illness. The importance of mental health awareness day on 10th October cannot be over emphasized. 

 

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https://www.cbhs.com.au/news/2014/11/24/raising-awareness-for-mental-health
ptsdtreatmenthelp.com/importance-mental-health-awareness-month/
www.healthplace.com/other-info/mental-health-newsletter/importance-of-mental-health-awareness-efforts/
www.merckmanuals.com/home/mental-health-disorders/overview-of-mental-health-care/mental-illness-in-society

5 Ways to Beat Procrastination


Have you ever experienced procrastination? Stupid question? All of us have, at one time or another!

Procrastination is the number one killer of success. It is the single most common state that keeps people from taking action. It's when you know that you should do something, but keep putting it off.

This article provides you with five ideas that you can apply immediately in your everyday life to help you overcome procrastination and get more things done in 10 minutes a day.

Break down your goals into a series of smaller goals.

If you have a long-term goal, break them down into a series of short-term goals.

By breaking down big goals into smaller achievable steps, it makes you feel a constant sense of achievement. Ultimately, it motivates you to work harder and building a sense of fulfillment every time you accomplished each of them.

Replace negative images in your mind with inspiring positive images

Your mind runs with pictures. Think about this, what comes to your mind when it comes to working on your goal? Do you feel motivated, inspired, tired or lazy? Whenever you see negative images pop up in your mind; you know that your brain is associating negative states with your goal.

Identify all the negative images in your mind and replace them with motivating images. Think about how exciting, fun and happy you will be when you achieved all of them and become successful.

Place something meaningful besides your office desk

Place something that serves as motivational sources such as inspirational quotes, vision board or family photos just beside your workplace. This simple yet powerful tip helps to destroy procrastination because it serves as a constant reminder of why you are doing what you are doing.

Boost your energy to prevent exhaustion

Being too tired is the top reason for procrastination, and your energy stores (physically and mentally) are both limited. Therefore, actively replenish them and allocate your efforts wisely. Here are few things you can do to boost your energy and prevent burnout:

a) Make time for exercise several days each week. Exercise not only helps you to reduce stress, but it also increases your brain power, sharpens your memory and focuses at work.

b) Reserve your morning and mid-day peak performance hours for your most demanding tasks.

c) Take an afternoon nap. The boss might not approve so explain that research and study have found out that taking 20 minutes to 40 minutes rest dramatically improve your productivity, creativity, better stamina and work performance.

d) Respect your limitations. If after all this, you are still too tired to take on responsibilities, try to cut back on your commitments or get help completing them.

Taking charge of your physiology

When you were procrastinating, you were using your science in a particular way. Your breathing was probably slow and shallow. Your muscles were droopy; your eyes were looking down, and your facial muscles were probably flaccid.

Therefore, taking charge of your physiology is a key way to managing your states and overcome procrastination. You can snap out of procrastination by changing your entire physiology. For example, you can sit up straight, put your shoulders at the back, do stretches and take few deep breaths.

Remember that you can get control of your time and life only by changing the way you think, work and deal with the never-ending river of responsibility that flows over you each day.

 

Practice these simple ideas 10 minutes a day. Review them regularly until they become firmly ingrained in your thoughts, and watch how your performance improves.

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The relevance of EQ in Workplace Performance


Emotional intelligence is, as proven by various studies, a key to success in the workplace. People with average IQs have been seen to perform better than those with high IQs, owing to their superior EQs. So why is this? First of all what is IQ & EQ?

Definitions.

Intelligence quotient.

IQ is a score derived from various standardised tests specifically designed to assess a person’s intelligence. It determines academic capabilities and mental intelligence. It is thought to be genetic and inborn.

Emotional quotient.

EQ refers to one’s ability to identify, control and express their emotions. Individuals with high emotional intelligence have been proven to make the best leaders owing to their capacity to empathize with people with who they work.

Emotional intelligence is cultivated in people from a young age, by their upbringing and socialisation. It can be enhanced by encouraging cooperative behavior in young individuals, such as sharing, empathy, sympathy, etc.

The five skills of EQ.

Emotional intelligence is said to be the main key to professional success as well as personal happiness and achievement. EQ has five main skills:

1. Self-awareness: The ability to recognise and understand our emotions and our behaviour in various situations.

2. Social awareness: The ability to understand other people’s emotions and empathise with them.

3. Self-management: The ability to use our self-awareness to maintain flexibility and direct our behaviour positively and constructively.

4. Relationship management: The ability to use our self-awareness and social awareness to cultivate and manage successful relationships with others.

5. Motivation: The drive to work for passion, rather than for money or status.

These five skills are what help people with high EQ to be successful. They assist them to understand themselves and those around them, thereby using that understanding to cultivate productive relationships.

How EQ influences performance.

Emotional intelligence has a great, positive impact on performance.

1. It creates effectiveness of leadership.

The most effective leaders have a high level of emotional intelligence. Because they understand the feelings and emotions of those for whom they are responsible, these leaders can empathise with their staff. This creates a belief of being understood and valued, hence working hard to achieve the goals set by their empathetic leaders.

2. Enhances good team performance.

Leaders with high emotional quotients can use their social awareness, relationship management, and motivation skills to influence productive teamwork. They can motivate those under their leadership to work well as a team with the sole aim of achieving a common goal.

3. Promotes good academic performance.

Emotionally intelligent individuals can leverage their self-awareness skills to perform well academically.  

IQ versus EQ.

Success in life does not solely depend on one’s IQ. While IQ is a significant influence on academic performance and leads to people getting good jobs and high earnings, it does not necessarily guarantee career success.

Many organisations now have emotional intelligence training for their employees. They have embraced the reality about the role it plays in the overall success of their organisations and are now conducting EQ tests as part of their hiring process.

One cannot be said to be superior to the other, but it is important for an individual to balance both their IQ and EQ levels instead of seeking to nurture just one or the other.

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