Turning the Page — FloQast Offers Wellness-Geared Resources in Honor of Mental Health Awareness Month
May 03, 2021 | By John Siegel
If the last year has taught us anything, it’s that mental health and mindfulness are not just buzzwords. Given the long hours and massive projects, mental health awareness for accountants is particularly challenging — even in the best of times.
With pandemic-related restrictions that kept us inside for days, weeks, and months on end, it’s almost impossible to quantify the impact the last year-plus has had on our overall health. For many (like myself) whose mental health historically centered on working hard, treating yourself every once in a while, and spending time with friends and family, COVID-19 was a major upheaval, to say the least.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 264 million people globally suffer from some type of depression. Further, depression interferes with a person’s ability to complete physical job tasks about 20% of the time and reduces cognitive performance about 35% of the time. Unfortunately, only half of those who experience depression or other mental stressors actually seek help.
In a lot of ways, things are looking more optimistic these days. While a regular cadence of reopenings signify progress, a return to normal — or, dare I say, a new normal — leaves no room for a flippant disregard for your mental well-being.
With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re taking a step back to think about how work and life’s respective stressors affect us on the inside. We know that accountants, in particular, are no strangers to unrealistic deadlines and regular overtime, which, of course, was compounded by stay-at-home orders and remote work. Until recently, mental health awareness for accountants was a moving target. We’re not mental health experts, but we do know what you’re going through at work. So, we’ve created a few pieces of content intended to help you decompress and have a little fun. We hope you’ll all take some personal time during a given workday to do so.
From a guided meditation written by FloQast CEO Mike Whitmire and performed by CPO Chris Sluty — both former accountants — to the best accounting-related coloring book you’ll ever see (yes, you read that correctly), it’s our goal to inject a little levity into your day-to-day.
Stay tuned for oodles of fun, interactive content this month!