TIP #1 Mental fatigue and burnout are different.
Fatigue is a temporary response to a stressor. Tiredness, irritability, difficulty focusing, and low energy are common symptoms. It is a physiologically normal response that is our body's way of signaling the need to give more attention to self-care.
Burnout is a more sustained disruption to our daily functioning. Negative thoughts and feelings derail participation in things that once provided meaning and purpose. Signs include withdrawal from normal activities, pessimism, sustained reduction in productivity, and detachment from work, family, or friends. Professional counseling is recommended.
TIP #2 Mental health is part of regular health care.
The negative associations with seeking mental health services are eroding. Counseling and psychiatric services are part of overall health and wellbeing, just as annual physicals or treatment for a sinus infection.
TIP #3 Self-care incorporates mind, body, and spirit.
Exercise, time in nature, meditation, breathing exercises, and bible study are examples of how individuals can reduce stress. Many Apps provide helpful guidance. Additionally, reducing time with negative influences, including people and social media, is very beneficial.
TIP #4 Service providers offer many options.
Mental health providers are not one size fits all. Some come to you, offering services at homes, schools, and workplaces. Others only see clients at their offices. Many, such as Martin & Muir, now provide telehealth services. Not all providers accept private pay clients or all forms of insurance. Using community resources is a helpful way to explore provider options and find what fits your needs.
If you or someone you know is struggling to find their footing in everyday life, seeking a mental health provider's help is a significant first step in reclaiming their life. If you do not know how to get started, please reach out to Lauren & Renesha. If we all look out for and support one another, we will emerge stronger and more resilient.
Next week, I'm applying the concepts of fatigue and burnout to your business, so be sure to check back next Tuesday. Until then, I wish you health and peace.
P.S. If your group is interested in learning more about mental health and self-care, please reach out to Lauren Muir through her website link above to schedule her presentation.