Mind Over Matter

10 November 2023

4-min read

In the relentless pursuit of success and achievement, we often find ourselves entangled in the daily grind of life, prioritising work and responsibilities above all else. While ambition and dedication are undeniably vital, we must also recognise the paramount importance of mental health and self-care, and why it's crucial to strike a balance between our professional pursuits and our well-being.


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Taking care of our mental health and well-being are of utmost importance.


The Consequences of Neglecting Mental Health

When we constantly place work and external expectations ahead of our own needs, the consequences can be severe. Neglecting our mental health can lead to burnout, anxiety, depression, and a host of other issues. We may find ourselves on a relentless treadmill, unable to escape the demands of our professional lives.


Balancing Act

It's crucial to recognise that a successful and fulfilling life is not solely defined by career achievements. True success encompasses overall well-being, including mental and emotional health. Striking a balance between work and self-care is a challenging yet essential act.


Prioritising Ourselves

Prioritising ourselves doesn't equate to selfishness; it's a necessary act of self-preservation. It involves carving out time for self-care, setting boundaries, and learning to say no when necessary. By doing so, we prevent ourselves from becoming overburdened, overwhelmed, and taken advantage of.


Elevating Ourselves

Understanding the importance of putting yourself first in the context of mental health means recognising that taking care of ourselves ultimately enhances our capacity to achieve our goals. A rested, emotionally stable mind is more creative, productive, and resilient.


In the grand scheme of life, success isn't just about what we achieve externally; it's also about how we feel internally. Achieving a harmonious balance between our professional ambitions and our well-being is a constant journey. Prioritising ourselves allows us to be the best versions of ourselves in all aspects of life, elevating both our personal and professional pursuits.


At Maybank, we understand that mental health is not only important for the individual but also for the organisation as a whole. The well-being of Maybankers is something that the bank takes seriously and to that end, there is a team of certified Maybank Mental Health First-Aiders who are on hand to provide on-site counselling. The ability to speak to someone about any issue that one may have is not only comforting, but it has been shown to result in better communication, enhanced emotional intelligence, diverse thinking and an increase in healthy habits.


Remember, the pursuit of success is not a sprint; it's a marathon. And in this marathon, taking care of our mental health ensures that we have the stamina and resilience to go the distance, not just in our careers, but in our lives as a whole. So, let's embrace nurturing our mental and emotional well-being. In doing so, we can truly elevate ourselves to new heights, both personally and professionally.



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