May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The CDC reports that 1 in 5 Americans suffer from mental health issues. Many of us realize the importance of eating right and exercising because we can see the results. Yet, we often forget the importance of managing our mental fitness.
Our mental health directly influences how we feel, think and behave in everyday life. It impacts how we handle things like stress, emotions, relationships and job performance. Those with a positive relationship with their mental health benefit from increased enjoyment of life, having a positive self-image and embracing a general sense of contentment. Conversely, those that struggle with their mental health are prone to depression, anxiety, poor decision-making, and in the worst cases, suicide.
One of the biggest and most avoidable mental health issues we face today is burnout. Burnout is a result of overwork, putting undue pressure on ourselves, and not making time away from work a priority. Some of these signs of burnout include a lack of energy, irritability, trouble concentrating, poor sleep habits. In severe cases, burnout leads to insomnia, substance abuse, high blood pressure and even heart disease.
The good news is that while none of us will ever be stress free, we can improve our mental fitness through actions like exercise, meditation, seeing a therapist and in some cases, medication. One of the best things you can do to avoid burnout is to make work-life balance a priority and set boundaries around your work hours.
A great way to begin addressing this on this is actually very simple but often ignored. Utilizing earned time off (ETO) can do wonders for mental health. To maximize your recuperation efforts, brainstorm ways to use this time to reduce stress and reconnect with things you love, such as spending quality time with family, pursuing passion projects, traveling or anything else that brings you joy. Give your brain a well-deserved break and your energy, confidence and performance will be better for it. RentPath employees have the luxury of a generous ETO policy and the support of our teams to use that to unwind when needed.
If utilizing ETO is not enough to help you recharge, using a resource like an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can provide several options and guidance to help you on your path to better mental health. RentPath offers an incredible Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which gives employees access to services such as confidential assessments, work-life training and therapy sessions at low to no cost. Mental health is important to our team, and we’re proud to offer this program for all employees regardless of whether they take part in our company’s health benefits package or not.
When you’re focused on giving it your all, it is common to be afraid of or embarrassed to admit that you need a break. However, you deserve to give yourself as much time and attention as you need to bring your best to your personal life and to your work. Recognizing challenges you may be having with mental health provides a perfect opportunity to take steps toward creating a peaceful, more fulfilled life.
If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.