Happiness is something everyone strives for, but how do we actually make ourselves happier, especially at work? And is this even possible?
With stress and depression levels on the rise, and to acknowledge World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10th October we look at what makes us truly happy and whether happiness exists outside of our control! Is happiness overrated? Is true happiness when we became rich and famous? What we look like or how popular we are? We have so many unrealistic beliefs, bought into the myth that happiness is something we achieve when everything in our life finally looks the way we’ve been thinking it should.
Our increasingly demanding work culture is perhaps the biggest and most challenging to our mental health which has a huge impact on our lifestyle. Work-related stress already costs the UK 10.4 million working days per year (1)
Some people cope with these demands so much better than others. We are all unique. Many thrive under pressure, while many may feel weighed down by it for a long time and that’s when we become truly unhappy resulting in a vicious circle, of feeling depressed, anxious and miserable.
How can we prevent these unhappy feelings consuming and taking over our lives? With all the articles being published on mindfulness, meditation, how to create a good work-life balance and top tips for being happy, it can make for a more anxious feeling when guidance isn’t followed… A confusing feeling on what one should do to be mentally healthy and ultimately happy.
Mental health is often referred to as ‘emotional health’ or ‘well-being’ which is just as important as good Physical Health and Healthy Eating. Physical health and a healthy diet play a critical role in our Mental Wellbeing and we shouldn’t forget this. When considering mental health, physical health and a healthy diet these should not be thought of as separate.
Poor physical health and diet can lead to an increased risk of developing mental health problems which results in unhappiness. Similarly, poor mental health can negatively impact on physical health, and diet, leading to an increased risk of some conditions along with feeling unhappy
The truth is, we don’t have to wait for everything to be perfect just to be happy. Just by looking after our physical health, eating a well-balanced diet, making time to exercise a little bit more, spending quality time with family and friends, and working towards a good work-life balance will help towards a good state of mental health, which will ultimately make you happier and healthier. Focusing on things that make you happy will not only improve your life – it may extend it too!
Ref (1) www.mentalhealth.org.uk
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