Don’t draw back from speaking about psychological well being

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I take into consideration psychological well being so much. It’s humorous – you don’t give it some thought in any respect till it begins failing you. Then, it’s just about all you possibly can take into consideration. I contemplate myself fortunate, although, as a result of I don’t need to faux that I’m feeling fabulous once I’m not, and I can converse overtly about some struggles that I face. I’m grateful that psychological well being is a dialog the world is having; it’s comforting to know that I’m not alone, and that there’s hope.

Between the World Psychological Well being Day and Movember, I had a chat with Mario Sebastian, VP at Cisco CX EMEA South. I actually appreciated his authenticity sharing his journey.

Mario Sebastian, VP at Cisco CX EMEA South

tenth of October is the World Psychological Well being Day and the shift to prioritizing psychological well being that we’ve been seeing for the previous couple of years was actually echoed on this yr’s theme, Psychological well being is a common human proper. What does this theme imply to you?

Mario: I imagine psychological well being is simply as vital, or in some circumstances much more vital than bodily well being. Robust psychological well being and resilience can assist you endure someof the bodily challenges.

You wouldn’t inform somebody with a damaged leg to simply recover from themselves or drink extra water, however that is what we regularly hear in relation to psychological well being.

Mario: Completely, and because of this, in terms of our psychological well being, typically we don’t really feel open to share our challenges. We fear others may see it as a weak spot. This proves to be true with many males who expertise psychological well being challenges however dismiss their emotions and don’t search assist. They really feel pressured by the society and their atmosphere to remain sturdy and conceal their issues. This will make the therapeutic course of tough, as it’s key to recognise and acknowledge that we aren’t nicely, and we must always have the ability to discuss our challenges each with our family and friends, in addition to – if we wish to, at work. I believe it begins with the leaders, they should create an atmosphere the place folks can converse freely and really feel secure speaking about their troubles. On the similar time, I believe leaders ought to enable themselves to be weak and open about their very own challenges with their groups. Don’t draw back from having these conversations, as tough as they might be.

Psychological well being is one thing that we take very critically at Cisco, and we not too long ago celebrated the corporate broad Psychological Well being Consciousness Week with the theme of Psychological Well being Unites Us – Shared Feelings, Distinctive Journeys. Because the sponsor of the Mindfulness and Resilience neighborhood at Cisco… What journey has led you there? Why is that this matter so vital to you personally?

Mario: At this time, I follow quite a few wholesome habits like sports activities, yoga, consuming nutritious meals, in addition to meditation. Every day I allocate a while for my very own conscious moments, because it helps me discover the steadiness and preserve each my physique and soul wholesome. Up to now I didn’t pay a lot consideration to it. Typically you actually need to hit a wall to recognise you need assistance, and I discovered myself at that time a couple of years in the past. I used to be fortunate to get assist from my spouse and a superb good friend of mine, who launched me to the world of meditation and yoga. I began to take heed to my physique and my thoughts, and I really feel a lot more healthy now. It’s not all the time good; it’s ups and downs, and it’s vital to be conscious and conscious of these moments when you find yourself not feeling nice, and also you may must ask for assist from a trusted individual or knowledgeable. On the similar time, hitting that wall helped me turn into a extra aware chief. I wish to assist folks embrace the journey to a wholesome physique and thoughts.

Leaders ought to enable themselves to be weak and open about their very own challenges with their groups. Don’t draw back from having these conversations, as tough as they might be.

As somebody who has been on a psychological well being journey for fairly some time, I utterly agree with what you mentioned about recognising that you just may want change or assist. All of it begins with consciousness, trigger it’s solely when you find yourself conscious of the issue you can really do one thing about it.

Mario: And that’s exactly why it’s so vital to foster an atmosphere, at residence, with your folks, and at work, the place everybody can present up as they’re. We’re not robots, now we have emotions and feelings, and we shouldn’t have to cover them. It’s like what we mentioned earlier: when your physique is unwell, you go to a physician. Why would you deal with your thoughts any completely different and ignore or conceal the issue? We should proceed to lift consciousness and normalising psychological well being issues, in order that at some point we received’t need to hit the all-time low to lastly get assist we’d like.

We’re human, and all through our lives we expertise ups and downs. Typically, it’s as a result of issues don’t work in our favour, however typically it could appear now we have all of it – a superb profession, comfortable household, well being, hobbies… And but we don’t really feel good. To make it worse, typically we don’t enable ourselves to handle it, as if our emotions will not be legitimate.

Whatever the elements that undermine our psychological well being, it’s vital that we acknowledge and converse up about our points. In case you are struggling together with your psychological well being, please don’t let concern of judgement, disgrace or the rest cease you from getting the enable you to want. Speak to somebody you belief or knowledgeable and bear in mind, that you just need to be comfortable.


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