“SEE A DOCTOR IF STRESSED OR IF THE PAIN PERSISTS” IS WHAT ANYONE WOULD ADVISE.
Stressed? If you’re not feeling well at work, or don’t feel safe or the Work, Health and Safety plan is yet to be enacted in your area, then think about making an appointment to see the doctor. Stress can kill.
When you are in business or the private sector, making time for a doctor’s appointment seems a time extravagance which many cannot afford. However, it is necessary to undertake this action.
For instance, if it means that not doing so will put you out of action for hours, days or weeks ahead. Most importantly, time is of the essence, and time is money.
Taking sick leave seems a sure thing. In other words, it is a given. That is, if you work and in the public sector or the not-for-profit space. Or perhaps, in the military and in the education sector.
However, if you work as a freelancer/consultant/contractor, then you are on your own. Above all, because you run to your own tune, you must become self-reliant. It is a good thing to remember. If you and your thoughts or emotions need a fine tune-up, then an appointment with the doctor is your first step to rest and recovery.
The comedy unfolds …
Each year, the day 12 September is the acknowledged RU OK? Day to talk about mental health issues. Therefore, the telephone has been running hot with business associates and former colleagues leaving messages to show that they know it is RU OK? Day.
Perhaps they don’t want to be forgotten in the social rush? Do they want to show how much they care about other people when they are not busy with work … ?
I have not made one phone call today. Why? I had no time! Was I stressed? Mmmm … To clarify, I have been overwhelmed with phone calls. In short, it’s been exhausting listening to the messages on my voice mail which were left when I was out at meetings.
Why do these work-based callers think I need to know … that they know … what day it is? Some people even emailed later saying they’d like to talk about ‘systems and procedures … or staffing matters …’
“Phone me on my mobile” they say. Mmmm … In other words, were they saying, they need more friends … / their life is too quiet … / they feel socially isolated or poor in status? In other words, were they making out-of-work- character phone calls? I don’t know! They never ring me otherwise … Mmmm … it’s mysterious … and curiouser than curious.
Are these callers masking their individual needs to impress and gain perceived psychosocial credit points for work-based ‘caring’ on RU-OK Day? Some have even taken time out of their appointments to invite people into their office to be with them to eat biscuits with RU OK Day? printed on the biscuit icing … This is comical behaviour guys: we are not work-based family. In short, it’s poor nutritional encouragement and empty of protein. It’s unsustainable behaviour.
Similarly, if only the fundraisers for charity events and the organizer of gala Spring balls could phone and leave messages on another day! It seems that everyone wants something – especially the need to impress substitute Mothers and work bosses. Where is their self-confidence and self-esteem at this time? Is this parody of mental health issues meant to be funny?
The serious side of life …
But for many, the topic of mental health is an extremely important one. For example, the Gemcell.com.au magazine online called Electrical Gemcell *recently published an article on mental health matters entitled ‘Protect your head’.
In this article, the author’s claim that almost 50 per cent “… of Australians will experience some form of mental health challenge in their lives and 20% of 16 to 25 year old’s will be affected each year.” That figure means that one in five of every 16 to 25 year olds might be experiencing some form of psychological problem while in your environment. This could be at a range of location. It could be at home, at work, at cultural events, at the shopping mall, in a lecture, while playing sport, or while travelling. Or it could be one of your business clients, or your neighbour or your tradesperson.
If you needed a reminder about what the Work, Health and Safety experts call mental health issues, then read the literature. There are plenty of news articles in professional institute magazines on interventions to fix your work-based stress.
I could do with some rest to forget about the out-of-work-character messages left on my voice message bank this week … And at work-dinners, I could do without the university-style ‘RU OK?’ question upon being greeted at the restaurant door. What if someone wasn’t OK? Are these inquirers trained in mental first aid and/or in suicide prevention?
I’ve completed those two courses with Lifeline and didn’t see anyone on the courses who I knew from work or business activities … If you don’t have time, funding or capacity to undertake those great courses, there are other ways of gaining the knowledge and some experience.
One magazine article titled ‘Protect your head’ provides advice on way to assist in maintaining, or regaining, good mental health. As always, it is your own personal responsibility to take care of your health. So, if you have time, I respectfully suggest reading the article on stress and good mental health practices.
What to do about it?
In addition to reading about it, try to talk about it. That is, when stressed, see a registered licensed practitioner … or phone Lifeline on telephone 131 114# which is open 24 hours a day.
Beyondblue is another helpline available 24 hours a day on telephone 1300 22 46 36#
In conclusion, as the advertising says, there is always someone who is prepared to listen. A registered, license practitioner will listen. Help is only one phone call away.
Text copyright Fiona Rothchilds™ 2019.
Photo images copyright license Fiona Rothchilds™ 2019.
Uploaded 12 September 2019. Updated 16 October 2019.