Wellness has several dimensions that are natural to life and these are all connected to each other. For one dimension to work well, the other dimensions need to be sound and collectively in balance. During the adversities of COVID-19, Wellness and Mental Health have been severely affected in our communities. We work together to battle this along with COVID-19 in itself.
What is Wellness?
Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life. It is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not only the absence of disease or infirmity.
What is Mental Health?
Mental Health is a dimension of Wellness, that includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental Health is important at every stage of life (MentalHealth.gov, 2019).
As the coronavirus pandemic rapidly sweeps across the world, it is inducing a considerable degree of fear, worry and concern in the population at large. In public wellness and mental health terms, the main psychological impact to date is elevated rates of stress or anxiety (WHO, 2020).
Wellness and Mental Health are key requirements for any organization to function regularly.
How do we promote resilience in the workforce?
Leaders move mountains to cope, bounce back and adjust in the face of this unprecedented adversity. These efforts prompt the question: How do we intentionally promote resilience in the workforce?
Here are some ways, by the National Council of Behavioural Health (2020):
Safety – As Leaders, we need to focus on prioritizing physical, emotional and psychological safety in every interaction and process.
Trust and Transparency – Trust is imperative in our organizations, especially during times of uncertainty and fear. Build trust by practicing intentional relationship building.
Collaboration and Mutuality – Working together, while practicing physical distancing, is required right now.
Voice and Choice – Everyone needs to feel seen and to know their options. State options when asked and acknowledge presence.
Peer support – Now, more than ever, we can rely on each other and our shared experiences. Motivate performance in peer interactions.
Ways to individually maintain positive mental health include:
- Getting professional help if one needs it
- Connecting with others
- Staying positive
- Getting physically active
- Helping others
- Getting enough sleep
- Developing coping mechanisms (MentalHealth.gov, 2019)
Building resilience in the workforce is key to adapting to the challenges ahead. The good news is that there is opportunity in crisis. Thousands of us are acting with compassion and cooperation daily. Acknowledging and celebrating each other in these moments will allow us to emerge even stronger as a collective humanity.
MentalHealth.gov (2019), “What is Mental Health”, https://www.mentalhealth.gov/basics/what-is-mental-health (Accessed: 30/04/2020)
National Council of Behavioural Health (2020), https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Building_Organizational_Resilience_in_the_Face_of_COVID-19.pdf?daf=375ateTbd56 (Accessed: 30/04/2020)
WHO (2020), “Mental Health and Covid-19” http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-technical-guidance/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-outbreak-technical-guidance-europe/mental-health-and-covid-19 (Accessed: 30/04/2020)
This article has been authored by Anchal Andrews. Ms. Andrews is Founder at SkillMaker Consultancy and alsoSenior Director – HR & Operations at Sakshi
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