World Mental Health Day: Mental Health in the Workplace

Thursday, October 12, 2017



Mental health in the workplace is this year’s theme of World Mental Health Day which was held on October 10, 2017 with the objective of raising mental health and pursuing efforts in support of better mental health. Fortunately, we were invited to the symposium the Department of Psychiatry of the hospital I’m rotating in had conducted! 

Three months already passed by so quickly since the start of Internship. I almost forgot that I have this blog to share my thoughts. Prolly, the amount of work and/or the mismanagement of time to keep up with my personal blogging have made me all stagnant. This forum made me realize that WAIT, I must have been doing all things robotically. It was a good time to pause and take a break and remind myself of… MYSELF – my own health physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. 

The best take-home of the day for me after the symposium was the talk by one of the speakers about MINDFULNESS


Mindfulness by definition is a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. 

To be mindful is to live the present moment not being clouded by thoughts of the past or the worries of the future. However, it is easier said than done. Nonetheless, the good part is that we all have an innate possession of this powerful technique of being in a state of mindfulness. 

The talk started with us bringing ourselves to the awareness of the setting we are in through our bodily sensations. With the five senses of sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing, we now then prime ourselves to think and feel at the present. Once, we accept and acknowledge that they are present at the now, we become mindful. 

And when we practice and train ourselves to be at such state, we remodel how we see things in our surroundings. We start to clear our minds, and eventually feel more in control of ourselves. 

Appreciating the little things makes a difference. Look around you.
Most of the time, we are caught up by the pace of the world that we forget the true essence of our being. I, too, am guilty of such. And when we feel that things get out of hand, we become stressed and anxious. Undeniably, we are faced with a LOT of stress in the workplace wherever we may be. But, we have to realize that WE ARE POWERFUL than the transient tribulations we receive. Again, it might be easier said than done. 

This leads us to the saying No man is an island. Although the state of mindfulness is best accomplished with us being mindful of ourselves, there is no harm in having someone beside you when the need arises. It will never be wrong to have to rely on someone as you go through a life hurdle. But, I guess that’s for another story.

I hope and pray for your inner peace, dear reader. And if the time comes that you feel bad of life, please be calm. Breathe in and out. Be mindful and pray. Talk to someone that would make you clear your mind and live your life. Try this therapeutic technique of mindfulness, and I hope this changes the way you see things. Clear your mind. Think positively. You can do it. You can be stronger than the transient tribulations of life. Always. 

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