Mental wellness revolution

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23.03.2021

In 2015, we carried out an inventory on the Internet and found out that an easily accessible and fairly priced proactive mental wellness approach was not available. That led us to start working on the new and revolutionary mental wellness path that focused on preventing mental health issues. The need for such an approach was and still is huge, as for multiple decades the mental health approach mainly dealt with mental health problems that had already appeared by treating mental illnesses reactively.

The ones who win the most from a proactive approach are employers and employees, as they can stay well and fit. However, the prevention of mental health issues will bring other benefits. 

We understood that if we do not start preventing mental health problems and illnesses, we will soon see the collapse of mental health care systems. Little did we know that a global pandemic may make mental health topics even more burning. The mental health problems Covid-19 brought along are multiple, from loneliness to extreme levels of stress and anxiousness to different mental illnesses.

THE SOURCE OF THE MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS

We have lacked, and still lack, mental wellness related education in our whole educational curricula from the first grade to the doctoral studies in universities. It means our inner domain and processes within our own minds are widely not understood. We often have mentally unhealthy lifestyles that 'make us' stressed, burned out, and mentally depleted.

The total lack of practical intrapersonal skills means that people do not notice the warning signs. Most of us do not understand where our downwards spiral starts from and lack activities to sustain and/or train our mental wellness.

We hope blindly to stay well. However, by now, we should know that hoping blindly to keep our body well fails without proactive activities (such as going to the gym, running, taking nature walks, eating healthy, etc.). Why do we still hope it would be different in the case of our minds and brains?
 


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FIT MIND IS TRAINED MIND

If we want to secure mental wellness, we need to take the next step from talking about mental health problems. Talking is just the initial acknowledgment of the mental health problem, but we all should acknowledge how to focus on mental well-being. Maybe the following analogy will allow you insight mental wellness reviews.

Before Arnold Schwarzenegger gained worldwide fame as a Hollywood action film icon, he and the world also struggled to make fitness gym lessons something wanted and desired. Today we entirely consider training our bodies normal. The mental wellness revolution we need is simple: We need to make training your minds normal.

We should understand that both physical fitness and mental fitness are the results of systematic training. In the first case, we train our physical body, and in the second case, we train our mind/brain. Just as our muscles are plastic and trainable, so is our brain. This phenomenon is called neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is a general umbrella term and refers to our brain's ability to modify, change and adapt both its structures and functions throughout life and in response to our experiences. The brain is not a fixed entity, it changes according to our lifestyle, habits, and the skills that we have.

While we focus a lot on the skills related to our physical body and profession, we seldom even think about how we lead our own inner processes. Many people are unaware that they can lead their thoughts and emotions at will and even let go of them at will. Again the total lack of intrapersonal education is here to blame (watch the video below).
 


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In schools, we tell kids to focus, but we do not teach them how to focus. We ask them to pay attention, but we do not teach how to lead your attention and keep it on the selected object as long as needed. However, we expect them to focus and pay attention. We even anticipate that grown-ups do the same. In reality, we have many false beliefs like the efficiency of multitasking, dependency on emotional motivation, and beliefs that external situations define our mental wellness, etc. No wonder that we are unproductive and fall into traps that get us ill.

WORKING FROM HOME MAKES OUR PROBLEMS OBVIOUS

While we worked in our workplace environments, we felt that mental health problems were out there. Now we know that working from home reveals that stress comes from within us, we also know that burnout can occur even in the serenity of our home. The different mental health issues even can become obvious even when we live alone and lack the pressure that huge families experience when the whole family studies and works from home.

While it should be obvious that stress, burnout, depression, anxiety, and other mental illness develop slowly, throughout our lives, we still try to blame someone else and act surprised when we turn out ill as a result of such slow processes. The real change will happen when we understand our own responsibility and have intrapersonal skills that support our mental wellbeing.
 


This scientific paper by Dr. Lass started the global mental wellness revolution.

Real change demands proactivity before illness hits us. It calls that we focus on mental wellness. However, it does not mean that the work-related psychosocial risk factors do not matter. Instead, it means that besides the external factors, our internal mindsets matter at least as much as the external factors. However, training our minds/brains have been heavily overlooked.

Not knowing how to deal with our inner processes results in stress and anxiousness. Stress causes pressure, burnout and leads to toxic work and family relations. By feeling anxious our fears are magnified, and in the long run, experiencing anxiousness leads to anxiety. When the stress and anxiety accumulate, it also leads to different physical and mental health issues. Studying how to lead our own intrapersonal processes makes it possible to avoid personal trauma and prevent work-related productivity and engagement problems.

WHY IT MATTERS NOW MORE THAN EVER?

As McKinsey published on their homepage last December 8, 2020, "Obtaining treatment for behavioral health issues remains much too difficult. A 2018 survey cosponsored by the National Council for Behavioral Health reported that 42% of respondents cited cost and poor insurance coverage as key barriers to accessing mental healthcare, with one in four people reporting having to choose between obtaining mental health treatment and paying for necessities. Because of cost, coverage, and the social stigma still associated with mental and substance use disorders, most people with behavioral health issues do not receive treatment. A study of more than 36,000 people found that this was true of 62% of people with mood disorders, 76% of people with anxiety disorders, and 81% of people with substance use disorders." That is quite alarming but was a pre-pandemic situation. 

A survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation stated in 2020 that 45% of Americans felt that the COVID-19 crisis was harming their mental health and 19% experienced that this crisis had a strong on their mental health situation.

Your car has brakes for avoiding accidents; you need proactive mental wellness for preventing trauma.
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The McKinsey homepage post about the mental health revolution states: "In a recent poll from the Pew Research Center, 73% of Americans reported feeling anxious at least a few days per week since the onset of the pandemic. Between mid-February and mid-March 2020, prescriptions for antianxiety medications increased 34%. During the week of March 15, when stay-at-home orders became pervasive, 78% of all antidepressant, antianxiety, and anti-insomnia prescriptions filled were new (versus refills).” Those statistics show how our mental health depends proportionally too much on our external factors, as we experience strong inner reactions towards what happens around us.

In our previous blogs, we have shown stress-related statistics and the benefits of proactive mental wellness. It all tells the same story mental well being in the workplace is important and investments into it as easy to earn back.


 
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In our last blog, we revealed how mental wellness supports difficult work and facilitates success. That is why we need the peaceful mental wellness revolution now.

Intrapersonal skills have the potential to secure mental wellness for every employee, regardless if they work from the office or home. Mental wellness is not a niche. Instead, the proactive mental wellness approach is a comprehensive approach that is for everyone out there. It is the approach that gives you a healthy mind.

DIGITAL MENTAL WELLNESS REVOLUTION

We did not stop by changing how we look at mental health. We wanted this new mental wellness approach to be accessible for all with fair prices. As we originate from Estonia, which is seen as the Silicon Valley of Europe that has given the world several unicorns (Skype, Wise, Bolt, Playtech, Pipedrive), making mental wellness digital in the format of mental wellness gym was the obvious solution.

Our reality here in Estonia is that we enjoy the benefits of fully digital life with e-elections, e-banking, e-parking, medical e-prescriptions, paper-free e-government, and the ability to see what our state knows about us. This digital life has enabled us to keep our individual freedoms even amid the lockdown periods. We also hope that making mental wellness digital will allow you and your team to enjoy freedom and work-related success, regardless of your location.

We hope that the digital mental wellness revolution can bring a similar change like in the case of Skype that changed forever how we interact on personal calls. After all, life and work without Skype (and its competitor Zoom that came later based on the same technology) would be today unimaginable.

CONCLUSION

We hope and dream that someday a life without work-related mental illnesses is not only possible but instead a dominating global standard. That is why we love to contribute to the digital mental health revolution by focusing on mental wellbeing activities.

What is it for me (yes, for you)? We have made systematic mental wellness e-trainings affordable and turned them into a relaxing experience. It enables you to keep yourself and your team fit and productive at the same time. 

 
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Mental wellness is inner calmness.


This blog post is written by Kaur Lass