Practicing what you preach may improve your mental health

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“Do as I say, not as I do!” I remember my father saying this to me on more than one occasion. Now that I’m a father I can understand why — it’s difficult to practice what you preach! However, when it comes to helping your employees manage their physical and mental health, what you preach is often what you need to be practicing.

I have sometimes asked clients who are struggling with a decision in their own life, “What would you tell your child if they were in the same situation?” The response often reveals that the individual already has the answer to the dilemma. In other words, we often know the right thing to do but don’t always do it.

Consider the following tips offered by to improve your mental health:

  • Get enough rest
  • Learn about good nutrition and practice it
  • Exercise to relieve stress and lift your mood
  • Get a dose of sunlight every day
  • Limit alcohol and avoid cigarettes and other drugs
  • Do things that positively impact others
  • Practice self-discipline
  • Learn or discover new things
  • Enjoy the beauty of nature or art

When you are honest with yourself, are you following these recommendations? Remember, your mental health is an important part of your overall health. If you take the time to take care of your own mental health, you also will be modeling healthy habits to your employees. When you achieve that, you can ensure continued employee engagement, which will help maintain your company’s productivity.

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