Maybe you saw the recent headlines about Naomi Osaka’s decision to prioritize her mental health. Or, maybe you’re feeling the effects of pandemic burn-out. Either way, it’s time to invest in our collective mental health.
What is Mental Health?
Mental health is defined by the World Health Organization as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”.
Taking actions to protect your mental health is important to your overall health and well-being. Here are some ways to embrace a mentally healthy lifestyle:
- Express your feelings. Talk to someone you trust about how you are feeling or problems you may be facing. Holding these emotions in can make you feel worse.
- Set boundaries. It’s ok to say “no” to activities you know you don’t like or no longer want to do. This might include not checking emails at night, not attending gatherings you don’t like, or not answering your phone at certain times of the day.
- Take care of your physical health. Physical self-care is an important way to manage symptoms of mental health challenges. Eating healthfully, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly are a few ways you can take care of your physical health.
- Find a coping mechanism for you. Everyone is on a unique journey with their own challenges and coping mechanisms. Find a healthy activity that helps you cope with daily stress, such as creating art or music, journaling or connecting with loved ones.
- Ask for help if you need it. It’s ok to ask for help. There are mental health professionals and services available to help you manage your symptoms.
How can my investments support mental health?
Practicing collective self-care means supporting social structures that prioritize mental health. You can support mental health through your finances just like you can vote with your wallet for the environment or invest in diversity.
Here are some things we’re thinking about when investing in mental health:
- Does the company support outspoken mental health advocates?
- Is the company culture known to spark burnout?
- Has the company spoken up about mental health issues?
There are tons of questions you can ask and resources to help you ensure you’re supporting companies that support you! A quick search can reveal a lot about a company’s culture and values.
And, if you’re looking to take the next step in your ethical investing journey, reach out to our team at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how your investments can support your values!