Our experience at work will always have an impact on our mental health, either in a positive or negative way, and to lesser or greater extents. The relationship is indisputable. Yet, it is difficult to draw direct causation between the two. Is it even our job that is causing harm to our mental health or is it something else in our environment? Are some jobs worse than others for our mental health? If so, what makes them so bad? Do only specific workplace factors have an effect while the others are irrelevant?
Are you familiar with the Canadian National Standard for Mental Health in the Workplace? Are you wondering what other employer's are thinking in regards to utilization and implementation? Check out this great article in the Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal by our co-founder, Laura Kalef and colleagues from the University of Toronto.
Do you like to start your day off without a nice, warm cup(s) of coffee or grande latte each morning? There are many controversies regarding caffeine and its risks and benefits. In this post I turned to the literature to provide an evidence-based understanding of caffeine’s effects on mental health. Coffee is a highly consumed beverage and due to it’s mildly addictive properties, it is hard to resist! Caffeine is the most popular and widely available drug in the world, thus it is an important topic to discuss.
At times I catch myself worrying, feeling anxious and fearful about my future. I would bet that I am not alone in experiencing these mental states as anxiety is a normal part of daily life – there is always something to worry about, dread, agonize over, or be stressed by. Anxiety researcher David Barlow points out that without anxiety, the performance of athletes, entertainers, executives, artisans, and students would suffer; creativity would diminish; crops might not be planted (Barlow, 2002). It is when anxiety excesses in frequency, intensity, and duration that it can become maladaptive....
According to the Workplace Stress & Anxiety Disorders Survey from the Anxiety & Depression Association of America (2015), 72% of people who have daily stress and anxiety say it interferes with their lives at least moderately. Within workplaces, anxiety impacts work performances, relationships with coworkers and peers, and quality of work. The work-related causes of anxiety were due to deadlines (55%), interpersonal relationships (53 %), staff management (50%) and dealing with issues/problems that arise (49%).
Yoga, a simple physical activity, has been found to have tremendous impacts on mental and physical health. Research has found it to be effective in reducing anxiety and depression. Could this be part of the solution for workplaces?
Imagine if there was a way to reprogram the way you think. A way to sharpen your perception and memory, increase your speed of thinking, and help you become more creative. Well there is. It is a phenomenon called neuroplasticity.
In the TV series Redesign My Brain, Australian and Canadian born Todd Sampson set out to the exact same thing. In the three-part series, not only do you watch him improve his brain, but you can also do it yourself! In the series he set out to speed up his thinking, sharpen his attention, and improve his memory.