How to Foster Mental Wellness in Your High-Performance Plan

Mental Health affects every employee. Mental health issues affect about 80% of people in one way or another.

Chances are, you know someone who is or has dealt with mental illness and
recovery, or know of someone who is going through the process of dealing with some sort of anxiety, depression, addiction or eating disorder.

Don’t be deceived, it does affect your team.

High-performance is essential to living a full and productive life. One must develop and maintain a set of skills and strategies to prevent the onset of or shorten the duration of unproductiveness.

Being well is more than just being free of disease. It is understanding how, when, and why to seek help and being willing to fight.

Things that can assist in building balance are diet, exercise, plenty of sleep, a healthy self-image, and the development of coping skills.

Each employee goes through stressful times and the development of good coping skills allows them to maintain high performance in the face of stress.

1. Teach Your Team to Value Themselves

Teach them how to treat themselves with kindness, respect, and avoid self-criticism. Make time for their hobbies and favorite projects, or help them broaden their horizons. 

2. Take Care of Their Bodies

Taking care of themselves physically can improve their mental health. Be sure they:

  • Eat nutritious meals.
  • Avoid cigarettes.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Exercise, which helps decrease depression and anxiety and improve moods.
  • Get enough sleep. Researchers believe that lack of sleep contributes to a high rate of depression in college students.

3. Learn How to Deal with Stress

Like it or not, stress is a part of life. Practice good coping skills, exercise, take a nature walk, play with a pet, or try journaling as a stress reducer.

Also, they should remember to smile and see the humor in life. Research shows that laughter can boost an immune system, ease pain, relax a body, and reduce stress.

4. Set Realistic Goals

For your leaders, decide what you want to achieve professionally and personally, and write down the steps they need to realize their goals. Have them aim high but be realistic and don’t over-schedule.

They’ll enjoy a tremendous sense of accomplishment and self-worth as they progress toward their goal.

5. Get Help When They Need It

Seeking help is a sign of strength—not one of weakness. It is important to remember that treatment is effective. People who get appropriate care can recover quicker.

High-performance involves complete and general well-being. It’s a balance of emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental health.

Being willing to take good care of one’s health means taking stock of feelings, emotions, stress levels, and coping mechanisms, even getting screened just as you would for various physical illnesses.

Your employees must fully embrace high performance to improve the mind, body, and spirit in order to maximize the potential to lead.

High-performance principles will also lead to the prevention of mental health conditions, substance use conditions, and promote a more productive company culture.

3 Tweaks for Greater Energy

Want to be more productive? Want to have higher levels of energy throughout the day? Then try these three tweaks.

1. Modify Your Morning Shower

Everybody enjoys a warm shower, but the bad news is that a warm shower has the opposite effect of energizing you.

As you step out of the warm shower and into a cooler room, the sudden drop in body temperature signals to your body that it’s time for bed.

Your heart rate and digestion start to slow down, which make feel sleepy.

Instead, if you really want to gear yourself up for productivity, stand under a blast of cold water for thirty seconds.

You might want to let out a scream, which is fine if it helps.

Alternate to warm water for thirty seconds, then cold for another thirty. This will get your blood flowing and really wake you up. Although it may not feel very pleasurable, your newfound sense of morning energy will speak for itself.

2. Eat with energy in mind

Eating breakfast has a significant effect on your energy levels throughout the day.

Skipping breakfast hurts people’s ability to concentrate – at least until lunch. Eating something in the morning is vital, but what you eat is just as important.

Starting your day with bagels and coffee may be tempting, but high-carb, sugary foods lead to energy crashes later on. 

Early in the morning, energy levels are low from the day before and cortisol (stress) levels are high.

Protein have been shown to reduce cortisol and keep energy levels steady throughout the day.

Try porridge, eggs, peanut butter, bacon or ham for breakfast, topping up energy levels throughout the day with fruit or nuts instead of energy bars.

If you only have access to junk food at work, take time to plan snacks by bringing food from home.

3. Do what Howard Schultz does

As soon as you wake up each morning, there are no doubt emails, phone calls, and people that need your attention. But resist the urge to start responding right away.

Put your phone down and move away from your laptop. Checking those messages may seem like a great way to get a head start on the day, but it leaves you reacting to other people’s agendas, rather than setting your own.

Instead, outline your own priorities.

Consider Starbucks founder Howard Schultz, who puts aside one hour every morning to set his agenda. If judging only by the success of his company, it looks like Schultz may be on to something.

The truth is, how you start the first hour of your day determines how much you have accomplished by the last. So, spend that initial hour mapping out your objectives, eating a healthy breakfast, and meditating or working out. Not only will these things increase your focus, they’ll also provide the boost of energy you need to get more done in less time.