Mental health at work
It has always been important to check our health every so often, but in this weird “new normality” that we are living in, we believe that it is essential to check not only our physical health but also our mental health. This term refers to cognitive, behavioral, and emotional well-being. It is all about how people think, feel, and behave. People sometimes use it simply to refer to the absence of a mental disorder. One of the root causes of mental health problems is EVASION.
According to the dictionary, evasion is “the action of evading something”(helpful, huh?). Psychology defines it as any form of distraction or entertainment and a strategy to elude responsibility and psychiatry sees it as the suppression of an idea that comes next in a thought sequence and substitution of a closely related idea.
There are many reasons why we evade, here are a couple:
We don’t want to feel our emotions. We have a bad habit to label everything as good or bad. When we do this with our emotions, we restrain ourselves from feeling, because we think that being angry is bad, so we shouldn’t feel angry. Of course, just by saying that we shouldn’t feel angry doesn’t make it go away, so these feelings bottle up all together and create this big mess inside until they pop “out of nowhere”.
A second reason is the fear of not being loved as who we truly are. We’ve been taught that there’s a checklist we need to fulfill in order to be “worthy”. We’re supposed to have a good education, get a career, get married, have children, be successful (whatever that means), and many other things, but we are rarely taught to know ourselves, just the way we are.
Let’s go cry our hearts out because society is horrible and there’s no hope in humanity… Just kidding! The key point is to recognize who you are, allow yourself to feel all your emotions, and express with liberty.
Therapy is great, yes, but we have a simple exercise that can help you save some money: Ask yourself “in a day, how many things are you doing to be liked by others?” You’ll realize that that number tends to be alarmingly high.
Why is it important to understand this? Because living a life for others is tiring, and now add to that all the restrictions we put ourselves through? It’s not sustainable.
Questioning ourselves is an excellent tool to understand why we do what we do and help us be aware of what we are and what we are not, and act accordingly. We’re not saying that you have to stop doing things for other people! But by being aware of why you do the things you do, you’ll get back the control of your life, being responsible for the consequences instead of a victim of life.
Rember that nothing is good or bad; it is all about perception. All our emotions are valid, they help us through the different situations we live in the day-to-day, so give yourself the chance to feel.
There are many forms of evasion, however, some are more common than others:
We are strong believers that when employees and coworkers are happy with their lives, they are going to do better at work and so will the whole organization. So here are some recommendations:
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