The current global context has created a lot of anxiety among people, bringing attention to mental health issues. With the Covid-19 pandemic, the unstable stock market and the war between Russia and Ukraine, Americans and people all over the world have been really feeling the pressure.
In an interview with Yahoo Finance, Headspace CEO, Russell Glass, advises people to resort to meditation in order to calm their minds and anxieties.
He compares meditation to brushing your teeth, an action you take in order to prevent having teeth issues. The situation is similar with meditation, which practiced regularly, can help you better manage your feelings in a stressful context, like a pandemic or a market crash.
At the beginning of May, which is the mental health awareness month in the US, Forbes referred to a study which recorded an abrupt increase of almost 30% in the level of stress and anxiety related to the work field. According to the article, “a poll of 1,000 people by All Points North (APN) Lodge, found that Americans are confronting escalating mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and panic attacks since the onset of the pandemic with 36.7% experiencing more anxiety, 32.5% more panic attacks and 27% more depression. Close to a third (30.3%) regularly grapple with stress and anxiety. And younger generations like Gen Z (53%) and Millennials (60%) are feeling the most traumatized by events of the last 20 months”.
The increasing struggle of people can easily be observed in the current trends on the job market. The return to regular office schedule had a big impact on the mental state of employees, many of which have chosen to leave their office jobs in search of positions that can offer them psychological comfort.
As a solution, Glass suggested that more attention should be given to the mental health challenges of employees, which should be addressed in a humane manner. While most of us deal with these kinds of issues, it would only be wise for managers to acknowledge them and show more understanding. Such an attitude would encourage people to voice their concerns and trust their superiors in supporting them to find a solution for better coping with their situation.