May is mental health awareness month. For something as important as our mental health, it’s helpful that an entire month is dedicated to shining a light on it and providing people with tools and resources.
There’s no doubt that the past year or more has contributed negatively to our mental health. Consider these stats from the US Census Bureau, Household Pulse Survey.
These stats are sobering, and it likely means someone close to you is suffering privately.
The pandemic has been challenging. Not only the stress from the fear of getting COVID, but add on the regular responsibilities of work and home, and it’s overwhelming.
Thankfully there are so many exercises and self-care practices we can use to support our mental health. Here are 5 self-care practices to add to your routine:
Working from home? Add some indoor plants to your home office within view. Or better yet, take a break and go out for a walk in nature. Studies show that nature makes us happier.
When you have a curious mind and hunger for knowledge, studies show that it improves our health and longevity. Try watching an inspirational Ted Talk, reading for 20-minutes a day, or take a course on LinkedIn Learning.
Exercise may help ease depression and anxiety by releasing feel-good endorphins and taking your mind off worries, according to the Mayo Clinic. That’s why it’s so important to build exercise into our day, whether it’s a walk, jog, weights, team sport activity--the point is, get your body moving! Try exercising for 30-minutes or more 3-5 days a week and document how you feel.
When we keep our stress or emotions bottled up it will eventually surface in negative ways. Journaling is a therapeutic exercise that will help you document your feelings, to-do’s, or anything on your mind that’s taking up too much space. Try writing for 2-3 minutes non-stop first thing in the morning and in the evening before bed.
Practice any or all of these four exercises and you will be significantly better at managing your stress and overall mental health.
Industry experts say the “Great Resignation” is on the horizon as people make their way back to the office. The good news is that there is a way to prevent this from happening in your organization. Here are three ways you can avoid the “Great Resignation:”
If your firm was like most in the United States, you started working remotely in mid-March 2020. Now, 15 months later, employers and workers are reflecting on their time working remotely. What did we learn about ourselves and what we need as individuals? Hopefully, we learned a lot about what we want out of work and life in the future.
Most public accounting firm leaders have come to realize that firms today exist in an environment of differentiation and specialization. It is no longer effective to send a message to the market that “we provide quality tax, audit, and assurance services.” This generic message simply does not resonate with potential clients because every firm can make that claim. It is not a winning statement that leads to a valuable client relationship.