World Mental Health Day
October 2021   HEALTHCARE

World Mental Health Day

Tips to help you look after your mental health
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Every year the World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10th October.

Globally, 72% of respondents in our 360 Wellbeing Survey rate mental health as a very important influence on personal health and wellbeing, with physical health coming in a close second at 70%. This shows a growing awareness and understanding of the impact of mental wellness on an individual’s overall health. It also highlights that support for mental health issues is a critical component for better health and wellbeing, whether that support is provided through health service companies, employers or other means.

However, despite the high importance of mental health, people in Europe are less inclined to turn to professional help compared to the global average (16% and 19%, respectively).

Here are some top tips on how you can help manage your mental health:

  1. Talk about your feelings

Talking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled.

  1. Keep active

Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and can help you concentrate, sleep, and feel generally better. In addition, exercise keeps the brain and other vital organs healthy, and it also goes a long way to improving your mental health.

  1. Eat well

Your brain needs a mix of nutrients in order to stay healthy and function well, just like the other organs in your body. A diet that’s good for your physical health is also good for your mental health.

For more tips, visit the World Mental Health Day website.

Cigna conducted research during the pandemic, which has helped paint a picture of what being healthy in 2021 means.

We call this picture our Whole Health vision. It consists of three straightforward elements: physical health, mental health and ‘My World’.

Our new Whole Health model brings all those separate, moving parts together so that we can look at the bigger picture and offer support for the most important aspects of people’s lives.

View our Whole Health Model here.

Our International Health and Wellbeing module, available through our Cigna Global Health Options plan, offers benefits that can help support your mental health. Telephonic wellness coaching and our Life Management Assistance Programme offer you access to a wide range of confidential services and tools that can help you with any issues causing you stress. Short-term counselling sessions are also available to help you reach your goals and improve your wellbeing.

To get a quote that includes our International Health and Wellbeing module, visit our website.

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