Today, I want to ask you – how are you measuring your wellbeing? With the enormous stresses of the pandemic, mental health and wellbeing are now being talk about more often.
But how do you know if you are OK?
When somebody asks how you are, it is easy to respond that you are fine. Even if you are physically ill, you may well be unlikely to admit to somebody that you are feeling under par.
And when it comes to your mental wellbeing, it’s even less likely to be talked about.
Thankfully, there is more focus on people’s mental state as well as their physical health, but for many it still feels like a taboo subject.
So, what can you do?
First, check in with yourself. How are your energy levels? How are you sleeping? Do you feel refreshed in the morning when you wake up? Do you still have a spring in your step, or does everything feel like a huge effort?
Whilst lack of energy can point to physical issues, it can also be a trigger that you need a mental boost too.
It is very important that we all have somebody, or a choice of people, to talk to when we feel like things are getting on top of us. It is OK to admit that we are struggling.
And, when you are the listener, you aren’t expected to have all of the answers. Very often, when somebody wants to talk, they just want to vent their frustration, or talk through a problem. They aren’t expecting you to provide the silver bullet and solve everything.
As an employer, if you have a team of people, are you aware of the early warning signs that an employee is struggling? Do you offer a safe space for staff to talk if they are feeling depressed, stressed or unable to cope? If not, then you should explore those options.
For yourself, you need to be regularly re-evaluating what living a good life looks like for you. As you move through life that is likely to change. A seemingly very small trigger can cause you to completely rethink your life. Don’t be afraid to admit you are no longer happy doing what you are doing, and that you want to do something completely different.
Are you doing things that make you feel happy?
Even if you are able to balance work stresses with enjoyable pastimes, it can help you to reduce mental fatigue. Looking after yourself by getting some fresh air, exercise and a good diet can all have a huge effect on your wellbeing and should never be underestimated.
Knowing you are financially secure will naturally help to reduce pressure for you. But it isn’t everything. Especially if you aren’t enjoying that financial freedom. Remember, don’t save everything for retirement – you need to enjoy your life now, not wait for one day in the future.
And maybe, you can afford to change the life you have now.
You can step off that hamster wheel and have a completely different pace of life – early retirement, part time work, a second home, more holidays – whatever appeals to you.
Knowing that those things are possible right now, or within reach, can have a huge effect on your mental health and wellbeing.
If you’d like to have a chat about whether you can afford to change your life, I’d love to help you – 01344 875 310.