As we head into week two of Mental Health Awareness Month, we have been talking a lot about our individual experiences and challenges. The pandemic has definitely been a challenge and, on top of all the regular stress we deal with, this year has been tough. We do not know of a single person who hasn’t either been personally impacted or had a friend or family member who struggled.
Here at NZXT, we have all been really open about some of the steps we individually take to cope and thought it would be helpful to share that here…with all of you. Please keep in mind that these are personal stories and coping mechanisms and not recommendations. We want to break the stigma that often comes with mental health issues and talk about our struggles and the ways we take care of ourselves. But none of this is a substitute for medical advice. Seeking support, seeing a therapist, and not being afraid to address mental health is your first step.
But – if you need urgent help, reach out to the Crisis Text line or if you need immediate medical attention, call 911.
Here’s how the NZXT staff takes care of their mental health
Andy, Associate PR Manager: Meditation
I have heard the benefits of meditation such as helping with stress, anxiety, and depression from numerous people. However, I never really understood how. During my first attempts to try to meditate, I just sat there. Waiting for some epiphany to happen and then all of my problems would magically wash away. Unfortunately, enlightenment was not magically bestowed onto me and after that, I stopped trying with the practice for quite some time.
It was not until I heard an advertisement for a meditation app which made me consider trying it out again. I decided to download the app just to try it out because I was curious to see how it would work and it was one of the best decisions I have made. By using the app every day, it has guided me on how to meditate, what it can or cannot do, given me insight on how to process my emotions, and has helped give me some perspective on my life.
Meditation is a practice that I highly recommend to anyone because it is such a simple way to focus on your mental health. However, it does require you to put in work in order to reap its benefits. It won’t solve all of your problems but it has led me to lead a calmer life and given me the tools to better handle any difficult situation that comes my way.
Rosa, PR & Marketing Manager (Iberia): Therapy
I think there is still a lot of prejudice regarding going to the psychologist when it should be something as natural as when you have back pain or you twist an ankle and you go to the doctor and the physiotherapist.
I decided to start going to the psychologist during one of the happiest moments of my life: I’m satisfied with my current situation: my work and my family are amazing. It’s not necessary to feel bad to go to the psychologist, and nothing bad happens if you need to go to the psychologist: it is HEALTHY.
Taking an unpleasant memory from your past, a situation that generates anxiety, anger, or sadness, and working it with your psychologist is a wonderful experience: being able to contemplate that moment, that previously caused such unpleasant sensations, and see it in a totally different way is an amazing experience. Accepting ourselves, our history, and being content with it. Something that helps you like this shouldn’t be bad at all. Do not be afraid: take care of yourself, talk to your friends, family, and seek professional help. It can change your life. 💜
Hope, Customer Service Specialist II: Video Games
Experiencing “just right” OCD feels as if you have a persistent voice inside of your head repeating patterns and numbers. “Did you touch the light switch 5 times in sets of 4? The message you had sent not long ago does not feel right, go back and edit your phrasing 3 more times so it can. Did you tell your employer that you were sorry 3 times over the most microscopic inconvenience that you have caused? They won’t think that you’re being a genuine person if you don’t. You’re going to get fired, go back and tell them.” The name, “just right” OCD is unbelievably ironic as nothing ever feels “just right.”
Seeking out a coping mechanism to assist in managing this disorder has been a personal challenge of mine. I have attempted reading, meditation, therapy, and other methods. But alas, nothing has helped me cope more than video games have.
Nothing will ever beat the personal feeling of brewing a cup of mint chocolate coffee with oat milk and whipped cream, a warm blanket, and a video game in which I can control the entirety of my gaming experience. Struggling with “just right” OCD, is a feeling of continually feeling incomplete and that there is an absence of jurisdiction over my very being. Games such as Minecraft, Animal Crossing, and The Sims have assisted me through my more challenging nights. These games offer the capability to control the very environment I am focusing on from themes, to organization, which often brings me to a feeling of contentment. While OCD may always pose challenges to my day to day life, I am incredibly thankful for video games and how they have aided me with overcoming of my disorder
We hope that reading these personal stories has encouraged you to share more openly with the people around you. We know these times can be tough so the most important thing for each of us has been fearlessly asking for help and leaning on each other. Take care of yourselves!