Business Mental Health – April Luncheon Follow-up

The April 8 WBN luncheon was held at Heritage Schools, Inc. in Provo.  Sponsors were Paragon Wealth Management and Heritage Center Stage.  The speaker was Jerry Spanos, founder of Heritage Schools, Inc. and a licensed clinical social worker.  He spoke on the importance of mental health in running a business.  According to Spanos, mental health isn’t something you have, it’s what you do.  Good mental health is developed through close personal relationships and the development of coping skills. Spanos gave the following guidelines for good mental health in your business:

  • Be your own best friend – value yourself.
  • Be as interested in the people who work for you as the products or services you sell.
  • Be honest with yourself, forgive yourself.
  • Examine how you cope with crisis situations and find healthy coping skills.
  • Utilize your resources.

To improve mental health at work:

  • Set realistic goals (workloads, timelines) and eliminate the nonessentials.
  • Be efficient with your time. Don’t procrastinate. Do the hard things first.
  • Be flexible and allow time for yourself. Nobody will take care of you better than you take care of yourself.
  • Take 5 (small breaks).
  • Tune in – listen to music.
  • Communicate – learn how to be honest with your own expressions and always be kind.
  • Be human – just do the best you can.

To improve mental health at home:

  • Divide and conquer – distribute responsibilities.
  • Don’t overcommit – learn to say no.
  • Get support – chat with friends and family.
  • Utilize your Employee Assistance Program, if you have one.
  • Stay active. Treat your body right.
  • Get help if you need it.

Our next luncheon will be held May 13; details will be posted shortly.  We look forward to seeing you next month!

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