May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, so this is the perfect time to pause and point out that the state of your mental health impacts your productivity levels.
I work with many clients who have been diagnosed with various conditions: depression, anxiety, anger issues, and so on. Receiving their diagnosis didn’t magically cure them, but it was the starting point for addressing their challenges in their personal and professional lives, which most certainly were tied to their condition. Their diagnosis was the beginning of their healing.
If you’ve dropped by this blog even only a couple of times, you know the mantra that I preach:
“Time management is all about mind management.”
The state of your brain is your mental health, so if you’re struggling with mental health-related challenges, of course your productivity levels will be negatively affected.
It’s so important that you reach out for help when you feel like:
*you’re hitting a wall
*you’re becoming a different person
*you’re more anxious, nervous, sad or stressed
I encourage you to reach out for help not because you’ll crank up your work output, but because you deserve a high quality of life and experiencing the feelings I mentioned get in the way of that.
To search for mental health resources, try these avenues:
*log into your health insurance portal to find a provider in your network
*log into your health insurance portal to see if you have access to on-demand assistance
*Google “therapists in [your city]” and browse those providers’ websites
*ask your close friends or family members for therapist recommendations
*log into your work portal to see if they list providers who are “on call” for employees
You most likely won’t find the perfect therapist, counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist on your first try, and that’s OK. Part of their intake process should be assessing your needs and either explaining their services or pointing you in the direction of someone who might be a better fit.
It can take a few weeks to find a provider and get on their calendar. If you need help before your first appointment, consider re-visiting resources from the search options I listed above, as well as:
*search your city or county website for mental health resources (these are often through community groups, and they can provide a stepping stone for you)
If you haven’t been feeling like “your old self,” please search the options I recommended. If the weight of this feels too heavy for you, please share this page with a friend and ask them to help you do this.