For someone to reach their full potential at work and in life, the connection between mind, body and spirit must be pursued. Whether your goal be to recruit, hire, and retain high performing team members and / or live your most authentic purpose-filled life having awareness about and being intentional about your mental is essential.
Mental Health is an important topic that is emerging (albeit much too late) from the taboo closet of “don’t talk about that.” While the corporate world has started to embrace good practices for building strong mental health: mindfulness, meditations, nature retreats, coaching and more – it is still difficult for most people – especially leaders, athletes and high performance team members to admit to and deal with issues of depression, anger, frustration and hopelessness. I have seen this is in my own sport of sailing – where we travel to the most beautiful waters of the world, race on incredible boats with the best of the best. How could anything possibly be wrong with our lives and experiences when “we have it all”?
Drew Petersen, professional skier and year-round mountain athlete shares his passion for skiing and adventure with others. Recently Drew started using his elite athlete platform to address issues of mental health. He believes in the power of story to change our entire culture surrounding mental health and he starts with his own. I invite you to watch his film UPS + DOWNS, read his Outside Magazine article and explore the resources he provides. I found diving into Drew’s world to be a great education and awakening for me and how I can better understand those with whom I work, live and play. (Note: Drew is a dear friend who I admire, respect and generally enjoy hanging out with on the water, and land and hopefully someday – snow. 🙂