I take into consideration psychological well being rather a lot. 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 may 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 brazenly 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.
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 12 months’s theme, Psychological well being is a common human proper. What does this theme imply to you?
Mario: I consider psychological well being is simply as necessary, or in some circumstances much more necessary than bodily well being. Robust psychological well being and resilience will help you endure someof the bodily challenges.
You wouldn’t inform somebody with a damaged leg to only recover from themselves or drink extra water, however that is what we frequently hear in relation to psychological well being.
Mario: Completely, and because of this, in terms of our psychological well being, generally we don’t really feel open to share our challenges. We fear others would possibly 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 surroundings to remain sturdy and conceal their issues. This could make the therapeutic course of troublesome, as it’s key to recognise and acknowledge that we aren’t effectively, and we should always have the ability to speak about our challenges each with our family and friends, in addition to – if we need to, at work. I believe it begins with the leaders, they should create an surroundings the place folks can converse freely and really feel protected speaking about their troubles. On the identical time, I believe leaders ought to enable themselves to be weak and open about their very own challenges with their groups. Don’t shrink back from having these conversations, as troublesome as they might be.
Psychological well being is one thing that we take very significantly at Cisco, and we not too long ago celebrated the corporate large 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 subject so necessary to you personally?
Mario: Right now, I observe numerous wholesome habits like sports activities, yoga, consuming nutritious meals, in addition to meditation. Every day I allocate a while for my very own aware moments, because it helps me discover the steadiness and maintain each my physique and soul wholesome. Up to now I didn’t pay a lot consideration to it. Generally you actually need to hit a wall to recognise you need assistance, and I discovered myself at that time a number of years in the past. I used to be fortunate to get help from my spouse and an excellent 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 at all times excellent; it’s ups and downs, and it’s necessary to be aware and conscious of these moments when you’re not feeling nice, and also you would possibly must ask for assist from a trusted particular person or knowledgeable. On the identical time, hitting that wall helped me turn out to be a extra acutely aware chief. I need 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 shrink back from having these conversations, as troublesome as they might be.
As somebody who has been on a psychological well being journey for fairly some time, I fully agree with what you stated about recognising that you simply would possibly want change or assist. All of it begins with consciousness, trigger it’s solely when you’re conscious of the issue which you can truly do one thing about it.
Mario: And that’s exactly why it’s so necessary to foster an surroundings, at dwelling, with your folks, and at work, the place everybody can present up as they’re. We aren’t robots, we have now emotions and feelings, and we shouldn’t have to cover them. It’s like what we stated earlier: when your physique is unwell, you go to a health care provider. Why would you deal with your thoughts any totally different and ignore or conceal the issue? We should proceed to lift consciousness and normalising psychological well being issues, in order that sooner or later we received’t need to hit the all-time low to lastly get assist we want.
We’re human, and all through our lives we expertise ups and downs. Generally, it’s as a result of issues don’t work in our favour, however generally it might appear we have now all of it – an excellent profession, glad household, well being, hobbies… And but we don’t really feel good. To make it worse, generally we don’t enable ourselves to handle it, as if our emotions aren’t legitimate.
Whatever the components that undermine our psychological well being, it’s necessary that we acknowledge and converse up about our points. If you’re struggling together with your psychological well being, please don’t let worry of judgement, disgrace or anything cease you from getting the enable you to want. Speak to somebody you belief or knowledgeable and keep in mind, that you simply need to be glad.