Mental health topics still have a lot of stigma around it. But, especially now during the pandemic and lockdowns, this topic needs to be addressed more than ever. Thus, in this Expert Insight Interview, Pix Jonasson discusses mental health. Pix Jonasson is an international best-selling author, mindset and resilience coach, speaker, and mentor for healthy living.
This interview explores:
- Spreading awareness
- Acting on first symptoms
- Finding gratitude in small things
Suicide is the most common killer among people ages 15 and 45. Thus, it is significant for the issue of mental health to be more accessed in our conversations and education systems. We have to create an environment in which people feel comfortable enough to open up about their depression or other problems. And when they do open up, we have to be educated enough to know how to cope with it. This pandemic showed us the importance of our mental and spiritual health. The worldwide promoted social distancing instead of physical distancing is a wrong approach in terms of wording. People can still be physically distancing but socially close because of online hanging. Being social and feeling close to the people, even virtually, can help our minds.
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People who notice that they started feeling more depressed, pessimistic, or any other way they have not felt before, need to act by fully focusing on themselves. Taking time for yourself is not selfish. It is a way to help yourself. There are so many different ways that you can help yourself by going inside your mind to think about what makes you happy, meditating, exercising, finding a psychotherapist, etc. You have to figure out what works best for you. Asking other people for help takes a lot of courage, but it also represents a significant step in addressing your problem out loud to someone. The key is not to give up at any time, because there are ways to make us feel better.
Mental health topics need to be widely popular as physical health. But in the meantime, there are so many resources and tools now for people to use. Even for people who are a little bit more on the introvert side, there is so much online material to find for reading and listening. We need to start small with small steps, but even reading one book can help us to change perspective, retrain our brain, and find gratitude in something. There are so many simple things to be grateful for, which sometimes we do not even notice. And lastly, we deserve to be happy, but being happy is a decision that we have to make within ourselves.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.