3 Simple Steps to Take Control of Your Mental Health

There’s no secret that lawyers and financial professionals struggle with mental health issues more than many other industries. It’s a high-stress environment often dealing with very high stakes. Unfortunately for many years, mental health, in general, has been pushed aside either because it’s simply misunderstood or grossly underprioritized.

It’s time to change that.

The stigmas that once existed around anything related to mental health are slowly disappearing. Even more, paying attention to your mental health doesn’t have to be something that consumes your already-busy schedule or requires a monumental change to your lifestyle. It’s actually much simpler than you think.

1. Talk to Someone

It doesn’t make sense, honestly. We live in a world where practically every single physical ailment we have can be cured by a pill, an injection, or surgery. And while there are prescription medications for mental health, you don’t have to go that route to begin with if you don’t want. All you have to do is talk to someone.

It seems very odd that the act of talking—something you do every day as part of life—would be a way to make incredible gains on your mental health, but it works. It really does work. After all, it isn’t necessarily the act of talking that improves your mental health, it’s what you’re talking about and who you’re talking with. A counselor or therapist (who won’t judge you at all) can give you an unbiased perspective and provide you with mental exercises you can do in order to combat any negative mental feelings you may have.

2. Rethink Your Stress

We get it. You’re in a high-stress environment much of the time. Unfortunately, it’s that stress that’s causing much of your mental health struggles. However, making a simply mindset switch in how you view the stress in your life can do wonders for your mental health.

In other words, instead of viewing stress as a mountain of tasks and the weight of pressure from clients and peers, work on viewing your stress as an opportunity to show who you really are and why you were chosen to handle that problem in the first place.

3. Be Active

You don’t have to look hard to find a study touting the benefits of a little bit of daily exercise. We recently just turned an unused part of our office into a mini-gym to give people the chance to get a little workout in during the day. It doesn’t have to be much, but even just a little bit of movement during your day can improve your mental (and physical) health. For example:

  • Get a sit/stand desk and work standing up for a few minutes each day
  • Take phone calls while standing/walking around your office
  • Take the stairs in your building instead of the elevator
  • Get a miniature pedal set for underneath your desk

Addressing your mental health doesn’t have to be a big step if you’re not comfortable with it. There are several little things you can do to make big improvements. The key, however, is to commit to getting started.

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