National Mental Health Day: One question stands out above all
Oct 13, 2023
The highlight of this week was the national mental health day (10.10.), which reminded us to pause and reflect on the importance of caring for ourselves and each other. Mental health day is not just a reminder of our own well-being, but it also sheds light on a concerning statistical fact - up to 60% of Finns live in constant stress and feelings of inadequacy, which predisposes them to burnout.
Experts have emphasized that many of us are masters at hiding our own burdens and carrying on, even when we feel exhausted. This makes supporting and paying attention to our loved ones extremely important.
"How are you?" - The question that changes everything
A simple question, "How are you?", can be the key to supporting mental health. It's not just a combination of words, but a bridge that connects us to each other. It shows that we care about each other's well-being and are willing to listen.
Even though we live in busy times where physical encounters may be rarer, it is important to remember that no digital communication can replace genuine interaction. We are social creatures, and the significance of being close, breathing together in the same space, and reading each other's body language cannot be underestimated.
Empathetic Tools in Today's Work Environment
However, remote work and distributed organizations require other means to maintain situational awareness of colleagues' well-being. Digital tools like the Vibemeter can be helpful in this regard. While they cannot fully replace in-person interactions, they offer their own strengths in modern organizations.
Applications like the Vibemeter enable easy tracking of the mood within even large work communities. AI-assisted analysis helps identify development needs and factors that may negatively impact mood and well-being. This gives organizations the opportunity to make necessary changes. "Soft data" supports coaching leadership, making leadership much more impactful and human-centered.
Vibetracking also has indirect effects. Besides sending a strong message of care, it also guides individuals to recognize their own moods and influencing factors, and to better understand their own well-being at work. Awareness is the first and essential step in building a sustainable and happy life - both at an individual and communal level.
Returning to the beginning, The Vibemeter and other digital tools cannot replace real human contact. So, remember to pause and ask that simple yet powerful question: "how are you?"