“A person with health has 1,000 dreams. A person without it has 1: to recover.”
On 10 October it’s World Mental Health Day, and doesn’t that need some attention this year!
Some stats to make it real:
It’s reported that 50% of mental health problems are established before the age of 14, with one in four of us being adversely affected by mental health within our working lives. When you’re next in a supermarket, look around you: including you, roughly how many groups of four are there? Remember: every one out of those four people, including you, will experience a mental health problem at some point – that’s a lot - and yet still there aren’t many of us that are comfortable to openly talk about it.
And this year, of course, has only intensified this. With people being isolated, working from home to the point that you’re either sick of those you share your home with or feeling like you’re marooned on an island because you live by yourself, the home and work being the same space without the commute to bookend your day which you didn’t realise allowed you to switch off from work a little, the longer hours, the worrying about your clients and, probably towards the bottom of your list, taking care of yourself and making sure your own practice stays as resilient as possible. It’s all going to take its toll.
Honing in on bills and payments, research by ATKearney tells us that consumers are frustrated with how they pay their bills. Problems cited, in order of most frequently mentioned, were lack of visibility, lack of control, inability to control online and paying by direct debit being a hassle.
Suffering and pain can be physical and/or out of sight. And stress and anxiety are the out of sight types and they can often feel like a dark cloud hanging over you when it comes to managing your money and being in control of your income and expenses.
So what helps?
Feeling in control:
Feeling in control, and conversely the perception or feeling of powerlessness, that things are getting on top of you or becoming unmanageable, crops up a lot, and the lack of control can contribute to stress and anxiety. In today’s modern world, with constant communication, this can come from a variety of sources: health, family, your job, relationships, financial management or running your business…all of these can have you feeling like you’re coping one minute and worrying and despairing at the latest development out of the blue the next (and everywhere in between). So what helps is when you can feel you are in control, which can often come down to information, a heads up, and some breathing space to enable you to choose how to respond in a way that’s good for you.
Exercise and Nature:
Studies have shown that exercise, being in nature and being around people all contribute to good mental health and wellbeing; so get out and have a walk or a run or cycle, even if it’s just from one lamppost to the next. For most of city dwellers “nature” will be your local park – it still counts! And if you can be outside and chatting with some fellow humans, at a safe distance, all the better.
Connections with fellow humans:
Speaking of fellow humans, our human brains love to be with other human brains; we’re social creatures and that is one of the things that is so hard with the Coronavirus pandemic continuing. So be it with family or friends, colleagues, frolleagues or acquaintances, we need them all, keep up your connections in real life as much as you can, at a safe distance, as well virtually and you’ll be soothing your way to better mental health.
And when someone is going through a difficult patch, like all of us do, it helps to still see people sometimes, even though the person may feel like seeing people less. We can play key roles in helping others live with, or recover from, mental health issues and overcoming the isolation that poor mental health thrives on, all the more important and intricate as we learn to live within these crisis times.
Money, bills and payments, whether as a consumer, small business or both, can often be the cause of stress and anxiety and it’s exactly this wrinkle that we at Ordo are helping to iron out (we love a bit of ironing). Ordo is all about helping improve people’s sense of wellbeing when it comes to running their business and managing their payments, bills and finances. For greater peace of your financial and business mind, learn about Ordo here https://ordohq.com/business/ and give us a go for free here https://www.myordo.com/landingPage
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