In our last post, we examined the increased rates of mental anguish in the workplace in recent months. We discussed why employers should care about employee mental health – and the steps they can take to support their workforce.
In honor of Brain Health Awareness month, it also seems worthwhile to discuss what steps individuals can take to improve their own mental and cognitive health.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if you are at 45 or older and have at least one chronic health issue, you have an increased likelihood of developing subjective cognitive decline (SCD).
However, healthy habits have been shown to have a profound impact on both physical and mental health. In particular, certain behaviors have been found to prevent serious diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
These same activities can also create a healthier brain:
- Stop smoking – Eliminating this one harmful habit can dramatically increase your health risks in a wide variety of areas.
- Maintain low cholesterol and blood pressure – Hypertension and cholesterol are linked to a wide variety of health risks.
- Maintain healthy weight – Eating well and getting regular physical activity are both important for a healthy body and mind.
- Sleep enough – Many Americans regularly get insufficient sleep.
- Maintain community engagement – Staying socially engaged is important for mental and physical health, no matter what stage of life you’re in.
- Manage blood sugar – If you have diabetes, it’s important to keep these levels under control.
- Limit alcohol consumption – Regularly drinking large amounts of alcohol can weaken critical organs, such as the heart, liver and brain.
The current health crisis has created added stress and anxiety for many workers. Mental anguish in the workplace can increase your chances of making a mistake and having an accident. It’s nice to know that some simple lifestyle changes can positively impact your mental wellbeing.