Ladies, it’s time to talk about what’s going on in these glorious, high-rise heads of ours.
Some of you may have seen a popular article trending on social media lately, whereby Michigan-based Madalyn Parker shared an email conversation with her boss about taking two days’ sick leave, for the benefit of her mental health.
One of the reasons this piece attracted so much attention was the response she received from her company CEO, Ben Congleton; in which he celebrated her proactive decision to prioritise her mental wellbeing by doing whatever it took to look after herself.
(What was that, Ben? I can’t hear you beneath the pile of CV’s that just have flooded into your life!)
But quite honestly – would you do it, ladies? Could you do it… if you needed to?
Time. Space. Help.
Three game-changers which can revolutionise a multitude of problems; from burnout to anxiety; insomnia to stress.
And yet one of the themes that Lydia and I come across consistently amongst the women we coach, is an underlying fear that it means they’ve failed – or will fail; if they act upon their mental health needs.
And let me tell you this right now – these women are not weak.
They work bloody hard; often self-identifying as perfectionists. They give everything in life, they give it their all. They are intelligent, compassionate, creative and brilliant – and often completely burnt out, whether it’s in their work life or home life.
The most concerning part, however, is that they’ve reached a point where it’s become so unbearably suffocating that they are no longer sure that they will ever find their way ‘back’. (Spoiler: They can – and so can you).
So here I am as per usual; armed, gobby and ready to elbow my way in and shout… “HOLD IT THERE A HOT MINUTE!”
Prioritising your mental well-being, above all else – and by doing whatever you need to do (such as visiting your GP; taking time out, or changing your scenery), is the single-most proactive, productive and healthy thing you could ever do for yourself.
When we decide to act upon our *mental health needs in a positive way, what we are actually doing is looking our problems right in the eye – and committing to do something about them.
It counteracts the stigma that we’re ‘running’, failing or not coping, when we think of it like that… Doesn’t it?
Quite simply, absolutely everything starts with how we prioritise our mental health. Because whether we like it or not; everything else in life will always fit around it.
So, fellow tall ones… Where does your mental wellbeing sit amongst your priorities?
*What is mental health? Mental health has to do with how you feel about yourself, how you feel about others, and how you are able to meet and handle the demands of life. It is not the absence of problems. Rather, it describes the ability to balance problems with appropriate coping skills. We know that the right amount of sleep and exercise, a proper diet, appropriate medical care, and caring relationships can go a long way toward improving both our physical and mental health.