In this second post on self-care I’m going to keep my word and address the emotional and physical health of the employee.
Society as a whole rarely engages in conversations about emotional health. You may not know but anxiety, shyness, and stress are related to our emotional health. This is what the American Psychological Association says about emotional health:
Emotional health can lead to success in work, relationships and health. In the past, researchers believed that success made people happy. Newer research reveals that it’s the other way around. Happy people are more likely to work toward goals, find the resources they need and attract others with their energy and optimism — key building blocks of success.
We see that emotional health can lead to personal and professional success.
I can’t stress enough the affect that life-changing events have on our emotional health. Life-changing events such as: the birth of a child, the loss of a loved one, being recently married or divorced, starting or returning to school as an adult student, going back to work after a long absence, etc. Any of these events can cause someone to go into a downward spiral because of the stress they place on an individual. As a society we need to pay more attention to our emotional health.
You can’t go anywhere and not be reminded about your physical health. You could be watching television and a commercial comes on advertising a weight loss program or gym membership. When you go to the grocery store there are sections dedicated to healthy foods. If you go to a sandwich shop many of them offer baked or kettle chips instead of fried chips. As a society we are very conscious about our physical health.
As a human being I want you to be very conscious about your mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health. Remember, your productivity or lack thereof is dependent upon your health.
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I intended to write one post about health issues but I realized I was trying to squeeze too much information into one post. However, self-care is an important issue and desirous of two posts. As human beings we don’t take care of ourselves the way we should. Overall those of us that live in first-world countries have better health than those that live in third-world countries. That being said those of us that live in first-world countries can take better care of ourselves than we currently do.
Are you healthy? Whether it’s personal or professional your productivity or lack thereof is dependent upon your health. As a Human Resources (HR) professional my concern is for you, the employee. Every HR professional knows their organization can’t function at a high level if the well-being of their employees is neglected. A healthy employee is a productive employee.
In the United States (U.S.) many times when people talk about overall health they don’t always include mental, spiritual, and emotional health. In this post I’m going to address the mental and spiritual aspects of one’s health. In the next post I’ll address the emotional and physical aspects of one’s health.
Twenty to thirty years ago mental health was not as big of an issue in the U.S. as it is today. With the increase in mass shootings and other societal issues mental health has become the topic of many conversations. These conversations have and are taking place in a broad range of places, from HR departments to state legislatures to Capitol Hill.
It is important for employers to pay attention to the mental health of their employees. As a general health concern you and I should also pay attention to our mental health. The American Psychological Association says depression is the most common mental disorder.
In the workplace we shy away from conversations about religion or a person’s spiritual health. When talking about spiritual health we don’t necessarily have to talk about organized religion. I’m aware that everyone doesn’t believe in organized religion and as an HR professional it’s not by responsibility to suggest or recommend that anyone believe in organized religion. As an HR professional I’m suggesting that you be cognizant about the spiritual aspect of your being. There are many ways to take care of the spiritual aspect of your being. Choose which way best suites you. We should pay as much attention to our spiritual health as we do our physical health.
Your mental and spiritual health is just as important as your physical health. Self-care is the most important care anyone can receive. If you don’t take care of yourself who will?