Why do they say that we are in a mental pandemic? Look around you. Everything looks normal.
Sure it does! As it did before the pandemic. We are just so used to ignoring all the possible signals of mental & emotional fatigue. From feeling burnout, stressed, disengaged, and overwhelmed to feeling helpless with anxiety. Thankfully now, we cannot hide behind ‘I am fine’ anymore.
During the pandemic, we started a social project called ‘Wellness Warriors.’ We created training modules for people to be emotionally and mentally stable enough to help the people around them. A community of people who will be taking care of themselves and the people they come in contact with.
As a high-performance coach and a behavioral analyst, I have been coaching leaders to thrive under pressure for almost 19 years now. I thought it is only natural for all of us to build a thriving mindset in those testing times. In the 2.5 years of the pandemic, more than 20,000 people became a part of this project.
They stood steady through the storm, supporting their parents, kids, friends, and even strangers.
Needless to say, this overwhelming response got me thinking. I started wondering why we waited for the feeling of helplessness to hit us! Like physical muscles, is it possible to build our emotional and mental muscles?
How about using the techniques, hacks, and routines of high performers in everyday stressful situations. This revolutionary thought gave birth to India’s only mental gym for high performance.
The discussion on mental health is treated with a huge degree of stigma. Celebrities like Deepika Padukone and many others have made it easier for people to accept and embrace the problem. However, we are far from being open and accepting of it. We thought of solving this biggest challenge by making mental fitness a lifestyle and aspirational choice.
Like physical workouts our members took pride in doing their regular mental workouts. We gamified mental fitness through interactive games and paired people with one another to have a buddy or companion to discuss their experiences and learnings. The gym had retention of 93-95% month on month in the last 12 months.
In theory, most people know what to do to take care of their mental fitness. They have read books, watched videos, or attended a workshop or two, but the problem is that they do not take action. They get stuck in the loop of either finding the perfect solution or procrastination.
The global community of APT mental gym solves that challenge by simply celebrating everyday incremental improvements. Here are a few things you can try to reduce stress and enhance productivity.
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