Signs of Corporate Burnout & What You Can Do

Working takes up, at a minimum, one-third of our life, and half of our waking hours. Naturally, workplaces have a significant impact on their employees’ mental health and well-being. Whether you work remotely or in-person, full-time or part-time, it is important to pay attention to wellness in the workplace.  Warning Signs of Poor Workplace Wellness Experiencing ongoing feelings of helplessness/hopelessness Chronic exhaustion and fatigue Identity becomes centered around work (e.g. this work will not continue without my presence) Difficulty concentrating or focusing on tasks Daily avoidance of tasks – can occur at work or outside of work Inability to empathize with others Increased anger or cynicism, conflict with others Development of self-medicating or addictive behaviors. What can employers do? Workplaces themselves have a role in preventing secondary traumatic stress and promoting employee wellness. An employer that strives to improve workplace culture offers meaningful benefits, commits to mental wellness from the top-down, and encourages safe, supportive culture that impacts the organization’s financial, emotional, and social health. Investing in your employees’ mental health improves employee productivity and creates better business outcomes. Create a culture of support Integrate Wellness efforts into the workplace Offer benefits that matter Care beyond compliance What can you do to help yourself? If you are noticing the above signs in yourself or a co-worker, there are steps you can take to get [...]

2022-06-06T22:55:45-04:00June 27th, 2022|Mental Health, Stress, Workplace Mental Health|

Post-Traumatic Stress Can Impact Anyone – and It Can Be Treated

Post-traumatic stress disorder  (PTSD) can affect anyone at any age. Millions of Americans get PTSD every year. Many war veterans have had PTSD, but did you know women tend to get PTSD more often than men? No matter the cause, PTSD can be treated. You can feel better.  What is PTSD?  Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a real illness. You can get PTSD after living through or seeing a dangerous event, such as war, a hurricane, a violent event, or a bad accident. PTSD makes you feel stressed and afraid after the danger is over. It affects your life and the people around you. If you have PTSD, you can get treatment and feel better.  PTSD can happen to anyone at any age. Children get PTSD too. You don’t have to be physically hurt to get PTSD. You can also get it after you see other people get hurt.  Living through or seeing something that’s upsetting and dangerous can cause PTSD. This can include:  Being a victim of or seeing violence  The death or serious illness of a loved one   War or combat   Car accidents and plane crashes   Hurricanes, tornadoes, and fires   Violent crimes, like a robbery or shooting.  There are many other things that can cause PTSD. Talk to your doctor if you are troubled by [...]

2022-05-23T12:43:23-04:00June 20th, 2022|Awareness, Mental Health|

Taking Control of Men’s Health: The Ultimate Act of Self Reliance

Men’s health is often the unspoken “elephant in the room” whenever healthcare disparities are discussed. While it’s great that our healthcare system is actively addressing racial and ethnic disparities, gender disparities are glaring and commonly ignored in developing interventions and programs. The numbers are clear on the matter. In Philadelphia: The life expectancy for men is seven years less than that of women. Black men have the lowest life expectancy of all racial/ethnic groups, dying from heart disease, lung and colorectal cancer, diabetes, homicide, and even COVID at significantly higher rates than women. Men also experience more opioid overdoses. Men are three times more likely than women to die by suicide. Men are less likely than women to follow up with care after being discharged from hospitals.  There are multiple reasons for these disparities. A simplistic explanation is that men are less likely to seek healthcare. That certainly holds true for the men in my family. Helping them understand that chronic symptoms won’t just go away and convincing them to work with a healthcare provider for preventive care is quite a challenge. Understanding why men don’t go to the doctor or therapy needs to be studied.  As a licensed clinician providing behavioral health support in various settings over the years, I know that men frequently share that they don’t feel [...]

2022-06-06T09:25:18-04:00June 6th, 2022|Men's Health, Mental Health|

Breathing Exercise

Ariana Grande’s popular song "breathin’" is an anthem to anxiety that speaks to a simple solution with a multitude of benefits. “Don’t know what else to try, but you tell me every time, just keep breathin’ and breathin’” chants the pop superstar. Unfortunately, most of us weren’t taught the simple techniques and range of positive outcomes that come with—well—simply breathing. It happens to all of us. Feelings like anxiety, stress, and fear cause our breathing to be shallow, irregular, or rapid. It’s entirely normal. Our body’s automatic response is to protect itself. The trick is to focus not on what’s happening around us, but to what is happening within us. We are breathing. It’s our most basic instinct. Practicing steady, deep breathing delivers more oxygen to the body and brain, reduces your heart rate and decreases the release of cortisol—better known as the stress hormone. Deep breathing also releases endorphins. This in turn increases a sense of calm and can combat pain. Other known benefits of deep breathing include: Lower blood pressure –Relaxation opens the blood vessels and improves circulation More energy—From increased oxygen to the circulatory system Less headache pain - Due to reduced tension locked in the shoulders and neck (you’ll rest better, too!) Practice Makes Perfect Getting back to steadier breaths is within reach. All it takes [...]

2022-04-29T14:55:06-04:00May 1st, 2022|Anxiety, Mental Health, Self-Help, Stress|
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