Three ways to unlock wellness through music

Music’s ability to move us is undeniable. Tender melodies and tunes can stir tears and evoke memories while rhythmic beats can transcend language and cultural barriers to unite thousands in dance and celebration. Recently, music has been found to present a multitude of benefits— from helping with information processing and retention to increasing mood by stimulating your brain’s reward center— and has been proven to be a simple, yet impactful mental health tool. Here are three ways you can channel the transformative power of music to support your own wellness journey:

1. Building Specific Playlists 

Have you ever created playlists or chosen specific songs that resonate with your current emotions? As it turns out, this practice has considerable influence over your feelings, and you can harness this impact by crafting a playlist that employs the Iso principle. Begin by tuning in to songs that resonate with your present emotional state, then gradually transition towards music that encapsulates the mood you aspire to achieve. By curating diverse playlists tailored to the spectrum of emotions you might encounter and strategically listening to them, you can manage and shape your emotional state with the music you listen to.

2. Harnessing Binaural Beats

Listening to binaural beats provides a unique and scientifically grounded way to modulate mental states for improved well-being. These beats leverage the brain’s response to two slightly different frequencies played simultaneously in each ear, resulting in a perceived third frequency, which can be used to create a desired mental state. Research suggests that these differences can influence brainwave activity, with different beats promoting relaxation, focus, or sleep. into If you want to incorporate these beats into your listening routine, be sure to check out the SoundMind’s diverse selection of more than 85 unique beats.

3. Learning a New Instrument

While listening to your favorite tunes can certainly lift your spirits, there’s nothing that immerses you in the world of music quite like creating it yourself! When you start learning, you’re not just tapping into your musical talents; you’re also firing up multiple regions of your brain that have crucial functions like motor skills, processing auditory information, and memory recall. This all-encompassing mental symphony doesn’t just make you a better musician; it sharpens your cognitive abilities and builds stronger neural connections between the various regions you’re engaging. Here are three beginner-friendly instruments you can start learning to begin your musical journey:

  • Ukulele: Strumming the ukulele’s gentle strings can be an uplifting and soothing experience that’s wonderfully accessible for newcomers. Its small size, lightweight build, and relatively simple chord structures make it easy to learn.
  • Piano/Keyboard: Learning the piano or keyboard offers a versatile musical journey, with its musical reach stretching across different genres from classical to jazz. With a clear layout of keys, beginners can easily grasp the foundations of music theory such as scales and chords, laying a foundation that seamlessly translates to other instruments.
  • Handpan or Steel Drum: The handpan or steel drum produces resonant and harmonious tones that can instantly evoke a sense of tranquility. These instruments require minimal technical expertise to produce beautiful sounds, making them ideal for beginners seeking a meditative outlet for their emotions.

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    The loneliness epidemic

    The loneliness crisis is growing, spurred by a rise in being ‘chronically online’, the aftereffects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and increased reliance on virtual communication and social media. We are spending more time alone and engaged in solitary activities, leaving less time to socialize in-person with friends and family.

    More ‘friends’, less ‘relationships’

    The internet and social media facilitates us to talk to others in real-time, but it also may lend a false sense of connectedness among us. With the option to catch up with people over text, we lessen the priority and urgency to see them in person. Additionally, as we get older we have less opportunity to experience life together with friends… turning many hangouts into update talks and being less about activities done together.

    Think about how it was in high school—you’d see your friends every day, go to school events, get lunch together, and learn in the classroom side-by-side. Everything you experienced was in tangent with at least one other person, bringing your connection to a comfortable friendship based on proximity, shared experience, and time together. But now? For many adults working a 40-hour week (or more), it takes effort to pencil in spending time together. You have to go out of your way to meet with someone, because it requires scheduling around your own responsibilities and while also giving yourself time to rest after work. Our friendships that were initially built off proximity and shared experience become something we actively have to seek out and nurture. Many of us cannot dedicate significant time anymore without falling behind on other aspects of our lives.

    Lonely youth, lonely adults

    In 2018, the average American spent ~11 hours a day on solitary activities (ex. watching TV, scrolling on social media). And less than half (43%) saw their friends, in-person, on a daily or weekly basis. In fact, during 2021, a survey found that time with friends decreased to ~2.75 hours/week, compared to 2013 levels of ~6.5 hours/week.

    It comes at no surprise that 33% of people reported that they often or very often feel lonely (2018), with a 2019 study even suggesting that ~75% of adults feel moderate levels of loneliness.

    However, youth are the ones that tend to feel the loneliest, with 40% of 16 to 24 year olds reporting regular feelings of loneliness. Lonely adolescents means lonely adults, which means that taking care of their socializing and mental health is more important than ever to prevent a worsening trend.

    The tangible effects on a lonely body

    Loneliness isn’t just a negative feeling—it can have profound effects on your physical self. According to US surgeon general Dr. Vivek Murthy, chronic loneliness is an ongoing ‘public health crisis’. The effects of loneliness can include:

    • Increased risk of cognitive decline, cardiovascular disease, and death (by 26% in any given year).
    • Can make people more sensitive to pain, suppress their immune system, diminish brain function, and disrupt sleep.
    • A connection between loneliness and poorer health/self-care in youth.
    • Increased reliance on negative stress coping strategies.
    • Higher risk of poorer mental health levels.
    • Lower levels of trust in others and lower expectations in a friendship.

    Socializing is a fitness skill (dubbed ‘social fitness’) and has to be nurtured accordingly, just like physical and mental fitness.

    The benefits of good ‘social fitness’

    The Harvard Study of Adult Development—the longest in-depth longitudinal study still running—has collected over 2,000 individuals to participate over its 80+ year span. The most important takeaway: strong, healthy, close social relationships are the biggest factor in long-term health and happiness. Those that nurtured their close relationships and regularly socialized rated higher on overall health, happiness, mental health, and sense of community support. It goes to show that social fitness isn’t just an option—it’s an essential part of our holistic fitness.


    Loneliness is affecting many of us, and it’s time to take social fitness seriously as we look inwards to nurture all aspects of our holistic health. Engaging in community activities (ex. wellness clubs, gym classes, community social events, shared hobbies, etc) can help us dial back the loneliness levels, in addition to also prioritizing in-person socializing. Although it can be difficult to make time for all these converging life responsibilities, socializing is worth the benefits—for your long-term physical and mental health.

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      Outdoor exercise and brain health

      You’ll often hear the phrases “get some sun” or “take a walk and you’ll feel better”, but did you know there’s actually a scientific reason that these help improve your mood? This study published in January 2023 found that the environment in which we exercise and spend our time in can be just as important as what exercise we’re doing, and that being in nature can actually boost our benefits to a significant degree. So how does this nature power empower us?

      Nature Heals… Literally

      The outdoor study group in this study showed a variety of benefits over the indoor control group, including:

      • Far greater cognitive attention scores, which means increased activation of the prefrontal cortex and restored mental capacity
      • Increase in indexed task performance
      • Improved reaction time (it was double the control group’s!)
      • Increased cognitive performance

      It goes to show that even spending a little bit of time outside in nature each day can really make a difference. Think of it like a cognitive refresh—we’re meant to be enjoying nature, and nature soothes and heals us in return. Many people choose to hit the gym as a form of destressing and relaxing after a hard day, so combining that exercise with being outdoors can only amplify those benefits. For the non-gym enthusiasts, even pairing a leisurely walk outside with some calming binaural beats in the SoundMind app can reap the benefits of the outdoors for your mental health. Try getting out in nature today, and let us know how it affects you by tweeting us @soundmindapp!

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        Talking about mental health to others

        In a world where our social media feeds overflow with carefully curated content, presented to us by those who seem to have perfect lives, the realities of mental health often remain hidden and suppressed. This makes it hard for us to not only understand who’s struggling, but also how to even approach these delicate conversations offline. We fear saying the wrong thing, offering inadequate support, or potentially making matters worse. To overcome these barriers, here are some helpful tips on how to create a safe, empathetic, and supportive environment for these conversations, so you can be there for your loved ones when they need it most.

        Be Fully Present

        When someone is opening up about their mental health, the most valuable gift you can offer is your undivided attention. Put that smartphone away, resist the urge to check your messages, and show them they have your complete focus. Make eye contact; it’s a simple yet powerful way to communicate that you’re engaged in their words. Nod along as they speak; this non-verbal cue tells them you’re actively listening, absorbing every word they say.

        Validate Their Emotions

        When emotions run high, your initial instinct might be to offer immediate solutions, but often what’s most needed at the outset is emotional validation. Recognize their feelings without feeling compelled to solve everything right away. Let them know that you acknowledge their distress and that their emotions are entirely valid. Your presence and understanding can be remarkably comforting.

        Avoid Minimizing Their Struggles

        When you find yourself in a conversation with someone sharing their mental health challenges, it’s crucial to approach the situation with care. While the instinct to provide perspective might be strong, it’s essential to refrain from downplaying their emotions. Remember that each person’s experience is unique, and what may appear trivial to you could be profoundly distressing for them. Instead, extend a compassionate presence, listen attentively, and acknowledge their emotions without judgment.

        Empathize with Shared Experiences

        If you’ve personally faced similar mental health hurdles, opening up about your own journey can establish a meaningful bond and serve as a positive example for dealing with wellness challenges. When you share your experiences, emphasize the similarities between your situation and theirs, all while discussing healthy coping strategies. Remember, it’s essential to avoid overshadowing their emotions or making the conversation about your own story. The goal is to demonstrate empathy and solidarity, rather than shifting the attention to your personal experiences.

        Be Patient

        Engaging in discussions about mental health can be emotionally taxing for both parties. These conversations often don’t lead to immediate solutions or relief. Healing takes time, and it’s essential to be patient throughout the process. Understand that they might need multiple conversations or ongoing support. Avoid rushing them or pressuring them to “get better” quickly. Your patience and willingness to be there for them can be a vital source of comfort and stability during their journey toward improved mental well-being.

        You can also use these tips as a guideline on how to teach others about mental health conversations. The more we destigmatize mental health talk, the more open we can be with each other. Remember, not everyone may need your help, but being able to support others and show others how to approach these conversations can make a difference for all of us. You got this.

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          Declining Student Mental Health

          The rundown on student mental health

          A study conducted by the CDC from 2011-2021 showed:

          • 29% of students reported experiencing poor mental health
          • 42% of students experienced persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness
          • 22% of students seriously considered attempting suicide (and 10% attempted to do so)
          • Nearly 60% of female students and 70% of LGBTQ+ students experienced persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness
          • Multiracial, Hispanic, and Native American students were among the most affected by mental health problems
          • In the past 10 years, the percentage of female students experiencing persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness increased from 36% in 2011 to 57% in 2021
            • For male students, this increased from 21% in 2011 to 29% in 2021
          The youth mental health crisis

          The youth mental health crisis is worsening, and without taking any action, the current trend shows that percentages will continue to increase. This starts with making changes now, in the classrooms, to give students the tools that they need to thrive and be confident in themselves. To be active listeners, show them genuine support, and be willing to make changes, is to truly care about the wellbeing of our students, and is something that every educator should prioritize. When students succeed, they feel empowered to keep going—if they’re constantly made to fail, it only sows doubt and leads to low self-esteem.

          What can bring down the risk of poor student mental health?

          Students that feel more connected at school to their peers and teachers are less likely to experience risks related to substance abuse, mental health, violence, and sexual behavior. It’s important for all students to feel like they belong somewhere and that they are connected to their peers—because this has long-lasting effects on their success, socialization, and mental health in general. Teachers can help students feel more connected by having activities in the classroom to help them get to know other students, having check-ins with students, and monitoring their classroom’s overall mood using the SoundMind Administrator Hub.

          What else can students do to help their mental health?

          Students are often busy, tired, stressed, and growing into adults alongside their education, which can lead to a lot of overwhelming feelings and pressure. As educators, we can equip our students with the mental health tools and the resilience to make it through life’s challenges, by being supportive, understanding, empathetic, and reasonable in the classroom. By making time for students to talk about their mental health and discuss with peers in a supportive environment, educators can create a safe space in which students can grow in non-academic ways.

          Tools like SoundMind’s Hub allow students to access mental health tools and guided listening lessons, as well as give teachers a way to see the overall mood of their classrooms with AI-generated suggestions on how to improve. This can be a valuable resource to teachers who want a deeper insight into their classroom, without compromising student privacy.


          Student mental health is declining, and without taking action, the trend shows it will only get worse. Educators can make a difference in the classroom by being active listeners and supporting their students in non-academic ways. Holding space for mental health talks or weekly check-ins with the classroom can be a great start in getting students to prioritize self-care alongside academics and their personal life. By teaching students to take care of themselves, teachers can give them good life-long habits that extend far beyond the classroom, and fight back against the youth mental health crisis.

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            Breathwork Matters

            “Just breathe”. How many times have we heard that phrase? How many of us roll our eyes at it? What’s so important about the breath?

            Breathwork… works

            Breathworks is an ancient technique originating from a variety of practices, from Buddhism and Taoism to Yogic practices. Cultures from across thousands of years and various different continents had breathwork practices. Even language conveyed the importance of breath—for example, the Chinese word for breath and air we breathe is “chi”, which also means “universal and cosmic energy of life”. In English, the word ‘spirit’ comes from the Latin ‘spiritus’, meaning “a breath”.

            Many of these cultures often worked with the breath to encourage a non-ordinary state of consciousness, facilitating healing, transformation, introspection, self-discovery, and relaxation, among many more.

            Modern-day Breathwork

            How can breathwork be relevant to you today? It appears that Americans are at an all time high level of stress. 41% of adults have reported being increasingly stressed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, along with citing inflation (65%) and the economy (76% for adults aged 26-43).

            Recently there has been a re-emergence of breathwork in Western cultures, pioneered in the 1970s by Leonard Orr (Rebirthing Breathwork movement) and Stanislav Grof (Holotropic Breathwork). In the 50+ years since then, there has been a development of many new techniques that incorporate breathwork for the modern practitioner. Many of these focus on reducing stress and finding ways to re-center the self, even in times of crisis.

            Below are some practices that are applicable for easy, daily stress reduction:

            Simple Techniques for a Big Impact

            “Diaphragmatic Breathing”: This is the most basic of breathwork exercises, which focuses on the diaphragm and the lungs. It’s very simple and works great in the morning when you wake up, making a difference in waking up mindfully rather than stressfully. There are four steps:

            1. Lie flat on your back with your knees bent
            2. Place one hand on your upper chest, and the other on your stomach, just below your rib cage
            3. Inhale slowly through your nose, letting the air move towards your lower belly. The hand on your stomach should naturally rise with your inhalation, while the hand on your chest remains still.
            4. Tighten your stomach muscles and let them fall inwards as you exhale slowly through your mouth. The hand on your belly should move back to its original position. Practice for at least 10 deep breaths (or for 10 minutes, 3x daily).

            It’s been shown that this technique can strengthen the diaphragm, reduce blood pressure, improve relaxation, and center your mind, among other benefits.

            “Box Breathing”: There are many different counting patterns that you can implement, but a common one is ‘4444’—meaning inhale for 4 seconds, hold for 4 after inhale, exhale for 4, and hold for 4 after exhale. This one in particular is suited for stress; studies have shown that regulating your breath has a calming effect and can get you out of that ‘fight or flight’ mode.

            Buteyko Breathing Technique (BBT)”: this one is especially good for those with asthma (prone to hyperventilation) and panic attacks. It’s similar to diaphragmatic breathing since it focuses on the diaphragm, but has different steps to achieve diaphragm activation. There are four steps:

            1. During this exercise, you should breathe exclusively through your nose. In a relaxed sitting position, elongate your spine and sit upright. Start with some easy, deep breaths.
            2. After a calm and relaxed exhale, hold your breath and gently plug your nose with your thumb and index finger. This is called the ‘control pause’. Hold for as long as possible without panicking.
            3. When you feel the need to take a breath (and begin to experience “air hunger”), gently release your nose and take a slow, easy breath in. Your diaphragm might involuntarily move. Remain controlled during your inhalation.
            4. Breathe normally and evenly again for at least 10 seconds. Repeat this three to five times each session.

            It’s been shown that this technique may reduce asthma symptoms and help lessen anxiety symptoms. It was originally developed to combat the effects of poor breathing habits—namely, heart disease, high blood pressure, anxiety, and depression.

            When to Practice Breathwork

            Breathwork can be done at any time—as long as you have 10 minutes a day, you can practice! Pairing theta binaural beats in the 4-8 hertz range on the SoundMind app can help you get into a meditative and relaxed mood if it’s difficult, or can help you maintain your peace of mind during practice. Try out breathwork with a binaural beat today, and let yourself be carried away into the calming movement of air through your body!

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              The Negatives of Sleep Deprivation

              One-third, or 70 million Americans, are sleep-deprived, on top of being chronically stressed and burned out. So how exactly is this affecting us?

              What we know
              • Sleep deficiency can lead to physical and mental health problems, injury, loss of productivity, and even a greater likelihood of death.
              • It can interfere with school, work, driving, socialization, focus, and mood.
              • Sleep disturbances are linked to higher levels of psychological distress, anxiety, and depression—in fact, the current rates are double of what they were pre-pandemic.
              • 1 in 3 participants had clinical insomnia symptoms, and nearly 20% of those individuals met the criteria for insomnia disorder (from 2021 study published in Sleep Medicine).
              • College students are suffering: at least 60% of them are not getting adequate sleep, and over 15% of them reported having poor sleep quality.
              • 73% of students reported issues falling or staying asleep, with a higher frequency among women than men.
              • Individuals with ADHD and/or depression are significantly more likely to experience problems with sleeping.
              Complications of sleep deprivation

              Poor quality sleep increases negative emotional responses, decreases positive emotions, and increases the risk of mental health disorders. Sleep problems can also exacerbate existing mental health conditions—leading to a vicious cycle that seems to never end. However, the vicious cycle is not exclusive to mentally ill populations; poor quality sleep can affect even the healthiest individuals by increasing anxiety levels and elevating feelings of distress. For adults, sleeping less than 7 hours a day can lead to adverse health outcomes like weight gain, hypertension, heart disease, risk of stroke, impaired immune function, depression, and anxiety. So, how can we avoid this cycle?

              Get ahead with a sleep routine

              Developing a healthy nighttime and sleep routine is key and it all starts with making it a priority. Having a reliable sleep routine is really important, because it makes healthy sleep a habit and helps optimize your body’s natural ‘wind-down’ time at night. Here’s how to get started on making a sleep routine that works for you:

              • Decide on a set bedtime and stick to it.
              • Schedule a time to start your bedtime routine (ie. 30 mins before sleeping).
              • Put away electronics for at least 30 minutes. Blue light from our screens keeps our minds awake, which can hinder your sleep cycle.
              • Have a light snack to calm your stomach (think fruits, yogurt, or a non-caffeinated herbal tea).
              • Take a quick, warm shower to relax your muscles.
              • Listen to some calming delta binaural beats (check out SoundMind’s app for the best ones).
              • Read a book or journal about your day to sort out your thoughts before bed.
              • Prepare your bedroom for sleep—ie. turn off anything noisy, put things away to reduce clutter, turn off your lights, and make sure you’re not overheating (these can all hinder your sleep).
              • Once you’re completely ready for bed, close your eyes and focus on your breathing to help facilitate sleep.
              Key Takeaways

              Good rest is important and essential to making sure that you’re at your best every day. Although it can be hard to keep those set sleep boundaries with yourself and others, it really makes a difference in the quality of your days and your mood—make sure that healthy, uninterrupted sleep is a priority for you!

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                Gut and mental health

                “Trust your gut”. We hear that phrase when we’re in the midst of making a big decision, but it may have another, more literal application: mental health. According to Dr. Shebani Sethi (founder of Stanford Medicine’s Metabolic Psychiatry Clinic), the diet is something that needs to be addressed.

                “For a long time, doctors thought of nutrition as mostly a secondary therapy… But we realized that nutritional metabolic therapy can serve as a significant medical intervention for mental illness, one that can change the structure and function of the brain.”

                Gut health for great health?

                It’s long been known that taking care of your gut health is essential in holistic health, but it’s been shown that it actually has links to mental health as well. The gut is responsible for producing over 90% of the body’s serotonin and is a home to 100M+ nerve endings (it’s referred to as the ‘second brain’). This study has shown that certain gut bacteria levels are higher in those with depression—and that there was a higher quality of life rating from participants who had a better ability to synthesize certain biological products due to their improved gut health. The levels of certain bacteria is important, so taking care of your gut and stomach cultures can improve your mental health because of how they interact with your brain’s neurotransmitters.

                What else for the gut?

                Beyond depression, gut health can also have links to obesity, anxiety, immune response, and even dementia. Indeed, over half of our immune system is housed in our gut system. Since food is how we nourish our body, it’s important that we take care of our gut so we can get the most out of our fuel. Good fuel and gut health means we can pull nutrients out better, so that our brains and bodies are able to use more available resources!

                How do we take care of gut health?

                There’s a lot of solutions to maintain a good gut balance, from probiotics to supplements to even just eating a wide range of health foods. Here are some basic tips on how to keep up your gut:

                • Exercise—this gets your colon moving, which leads to more regular bowel movements and can help manage symptoms of IBS.
                • Eat smaller, more frequent meals to prevent from overwhelming your gut with food.
                • Eat probiotics to increase the amount of good bacteria in your health (think yogurt, probiotic supplements, kimchi, kefir, kombucha, and pickles)
                • Fiber, fiber, fiber—helps keep blood sugar levels stable and regulates hunger
                • Drink lots of water (~8 eight oz. glasses a day)
                • Limit alcohol and caffeine, which can be digestive stimulants that hinder gut function

                A healthy gut means a healthier mind and body. Focusing on your holistic health can be hard, so if you find yourself experiencing negative mental health symptoms, try starting with improving gut health!

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                  Mental health report card

                  Report cards, a timeless educational tool, have always been a guiding light for students, providing a holistic view of their academic progress. But what if I told you there’s another essential report that deserves just as much attention—one that delves into the depths of your well-being and emotional growth?

                  In the same way that report cards provide insights into your academic achievements, a more comprehensive mental health report offers a gateway to understanding your emotional and psychological growth. Exploring the intricacies of this journey equips students with self-awareness—an essential tool that can lead to transformative improvements in their lives.

                  Knowing Themselves

                  Mental health reports offer valuable insights into the inner struggles that students may be silently facing. Oftentimes, students themselves might not be fully aware of their own behavioral patterns, emotions, or challenges. These mental health reports have the potential to shed light on these subtle nuances by tracking and isolating specific moods and emotions throughout an extended period of time, presenting students with a more comprehensive and accurate depiction of their emotional well-being.

                  Speaking Up for Themselves

                  Gaining insight into their emotional struggles through mental health reports can be a catalyst for students to open up about their feelings. Empowered by this understanding, they become more willing to engage in open discussions with educators, parents, or mental health professionals, seeking the support and guidance they need. Breaking the silence surrounding mental health not only brings relief but also reduces the burden of carrying their challenges alone. Sharing their emotions becomes a source of comfort and an essential step towards healing and growth.

                  Mastering Themselves

                  With mental health data in their hands, students may detect correlations between their moods and specific commitments or activities, allowing them to take proactive steps to address the root causes of their mental health struggles. For example, if a student notices that their stress and anxiety spike every Wednesday afternoon around the same time they have weekly math quizzes, they can turn this challenge into an opportunity to build healthy coping mechanisms like creating or refining a study schedule, attending extra help sessions and easing pre-exam jitters with some binaural beats.

                  Embracing Holistic Learning

                  Just as report cards have been a traditional pillar of education, embracing the power of mental health reports is a progressive step towards holistic learning. Recognizing that emotional well-being is as crucial as academic excellence, we can create a nurturing and supportive educational environment for every student’s journey of growth and self-discovery.

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                    The reality of burnout

                    High stress, prioritizing productivity, and not respecting days off are just some of the reasons why employee mental health is rapidly declining. The COVID-19 pandemic challenged America to find workable solutions to not being able to come into the office, but it’s clear that employees are still stressed at home. It’s not just the environment that’s draining—it’s all the stress that comes with being expected to work 40 hours a week and still have time to be a normal, functioning human.

                    The Reality of Employee Mental Health

                    A Deloitte report published in 2023 shows that only 63% of workers positively rate their physical health, while almost 40% claim that a toxic work environment is taking a toll on their physical, mental, and social health. However, many executives assume employees are doing much better than they actually are: 77% of leaders believe that employee wellbeing and mental health is much better at their company than it actually is.

                    Cutting Back or Cultivating Wellness?

                    75% of employees worry that in the face of a financial recession, their company would cut back on mental health support and benefits that they utilize. On the flip side, 64% of the CEOs surveyed claimed they would increase mental health benefits in a recession, so this remains to be seen. Mental health has been growing in priority lately, with 93% of CEOs agreeing that the company should be encouraging positive mental health in their employees. Although it’s a huge step in the right direction, it’s up to companies to stand by their claims and execute for the wellbeing of their workers. By utilizing programs such as SoundMind, Calm, and Headspace, workplaces are striving more to give employees the mental health tools they need, but it’s not effective unless the work environment is also supportive of mental health.

                    The Unending Work Day Facade

                    A 2023 Headspace survey on workplace attitudes towards mental health shows that many leaders and CEOs believe that keeping a permanent positive attitude in the workplace is the key to success, especially in times of uncertainty. On the downside, for employees this may be causing additional stress and creating a disconnect between leadership and workers—when bosses are always expecting positivity, it makes it difficult for employees to honestly communicate when they are constantly having to put on a facade of happiness.

                    Permanent Burnout

                    With increasing workplace stressors, it becomes difficult to pencil in some time for rest and self-care. 74% of employees surveyed by Deloitte say that they have a difficult time unplugging and disconnecting from work, while just 42% say they have enough time for socializing and engaging in hobbies. America is burned out, and the responsibility of finding time for self-care is on the employees.


                    Employees are stressed out and overworked, and many report not having time to enjoy their non-work lives or spend time with loved ones. With mental health declining among all groups, from students to employees, it demands a better solution, starting with empowering individuals with mental health tools and a supportive work environment. Respecting workers as human, leading with empathy, and motivating teams to get work done positively is only the start to turning around workplace mental health. SoundMind aims to give administrators and leaders the tools to help their employees using AI insights and mood tracking, as well as utilizing the power of sound to combat the mental health epidemic that is our reality. Check out more of our blog here to see what we’re doing to fight back, and read about how you can take care of yourself better.

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