Does mental health need to be the new cancer prevention

Does mental health need to be the new cancer prevention

I remember when I began my career nearly 40 years ago (holy cow, the time has gone quickly), there was an expectation that any issues, challenges or stress you experienced should be “parked at the door“. In other words, don’t bring it to work. Although that sounded like a good idea at the time, it needed to be more realistic.

Mental health awareness has increased in recent years, with more and more people recognizing the importance of taking care of their emotional well-being. One of the keys to maintaining good mental health is having tools at your disposal that you can use in the moment when stress or anxiety arises. One such tool is HeartMath, which combines breathing techniques with emotional self-regulation to help neutralize the body’s stress response.

Stress and challenge often happen when we least expect it. We may think we are managing our stress levels well, only to be blindsided by a sudden event or unexpected setback that throws us off balance. This is why having in-the-moment tools is so important. When we are in the midst of a stressful situation, it can be challenging to remember to practice self-care or reach out for help.

person screaming and then reflecting
I bet you can recall a time when you reacted, and you said quietly to yourself – where did that come from.

Having simple, effective techniques that we can use immediately can make all the difference in the world.

One of the biggest barriers to seeking help for mental health issues is the stigma surrounding them. Many feel ashamed or embarrassed to admit they are struggling or may worry that others will judge them if they speak up. However, asking for help is one of the bravest things a person can do.

While it is normal to experience stress and worry from time to time, chronic anxiety can seriously impact our mental and physical health. It can lead to sleep problems, digestive issues, and even heart disease. By learning to recognize the signs of anxiety and practicing techniques like HeartMath, we can take control of our emotional well-being and live healthier, more fulfilling lives.

If we value good health and never think twice about the importance of focusing on our physical health, our mental health awareness deserves the same attention. Without it, trouble is likely around the corner. I want you to know that anxiety does not need to be the norm, and relief is available.

I am available to have a conversation if you are ready.

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