A vital role of any spa experience is not only to improve physical health, but also to rejuvenate mental health, alleviating stressors and anxieties. Mental health is among the most prevalent issues in the United States and around the world. According to the World Health Organization, one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill health and disability worldwide. Psychology Today says approximately one in five adults in the U.S. experience a severe mental health disorder.
For something so prevalent, you might think there would be more systems in place to address this widespread issue. However, a stigma still surrounds mental health issues that causes many who suffer to identify themselves by their illness and seek isolation—both of which are extremely dangerous.
ISPA member Jaclyn Luongo weighed in for this blog post on how to create a workplace culture that supports mental health by championing work-life balance.
“My goal, like many others, is to have a work-life balance—to manage all I have to do in life: family, love and career. It can be a challenge. But perhaps it is only a challenge if you look at it as such. Changing your mindset to be positive and have gratitude for all opportunities and experiences can change your world.”
After 18 years in the spa industry, Jaclyn has a thorough understanding of the right questions to ask, particularly as it relates to mental health:
“For those of us in the spa industry, caring for others is part of our jobs. Ask yourself daily or weekly, am I taking care of myself the way I take care of others? It’s even more important to evaluate our time before our ‘tanks’ are empty. What helps you reset and recharge? Put those activities in your calendar and follow through on them. In order to be the best you can be, it is imperative that you do this and smile! We are in an amazing industry that is very much needed to encourage mental health and wellbeing. Walk the walk. Take the time for yourself. We are worth it, and the result is you being the best version of YOU.”
Some spas have also made efforts to raise awareness for mental health by facilitating events that appeal to their community. One such location is the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, also an ISPA member. The spa hosts a fundraiser at their hotel to raise money for Tahoe Family Solutions, a local organization that specializes in fostering the mental health of children and families in the area.
So, what can you do? What fills your tank and rejuvenates you? Maintaining mental health takes real effort and a distinct drive to be positive. Oftentimes, the easy thing to do is remain in our sunken state, stay low and refuse to put the effort forward to get out of the rut we’re in. We must tend to our inner selves while also looking outward to see what acts of good will we can do for those around us. Spreading love and positivity to others through service is a great way to generate a healthy mental state. As the world around us grows and comes into focus, our own issues shrink and show themselves to appear much smaller in comparison.
Make that effort today and let’s bring the healing powers of the spa industry to the millions of minds that suffer on a daily basis.