You plough through the rush hour traffic, made worse by rain, to reach work a little later than usual. As you enter the office, your manager reprimands you for being late for the third time in a week – not knowing you had stayed up all night to finish the presentation he requested.
You skip breakfast to attend your first meeting of the day, then work through lunch hour to get more things done, and by the time the day is over, you’ve barely had a breather. As you pack your laptop to leave, your manager calls you in for a discussion on another project. In the discussion, you realise you are tired, overworked, overwhelmed and have no time or space for yourself or your thoughts.
Like many others who are going through this silently, your hectic lifestyle is causing you to burn out. In the long run and if left unaddressed, this could lead to common mental health issues such as depression, anxiety or panic attacks. In some severe cases, coupled with genetic or biological factors, it could cause substance abuse or personality disorders. It is estimated that by 2020, close to 10% of Malaysians will be diagnosed with a form of mental disease.
With that startling figure in mind, how can we live our lives in a way that promotes mental wellness? What changes can we make to our lifestyle for good mental health?
Keeping yourself mentally healthy means practising good habits for your mind, body and soul. Here are some simple ways to keep your sanity in check