Prioritize Your Mental Health



May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

Mental health refers to our emotional and social well-being and impacts how we think, feel, and behave. It plays a role in connecting with others, making decisions, handling stress, and many other aspects of daily life. Mental health is health. Mental health is wealth. Mental Health Awareness Month serves as an opportunity to highlight the importance of mental health, coping skills, and available resources and supports.

You don’t need to be diagnosed with a mental health condition to be dealing with a mental health concern. You can experience issues that negatively impact your mental health without having a diagnosable condition. A mental health condition, or mental illness, refers to a set of symptoms that have been identified by the mental health community as described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), or by people with lived experience.

My goal as a Career Strategist is career fulfillment for high-performing women of color in social work leadership. We all deserve social work careers that feed our hearts, minds, and wallets! To achieve that mission, we must normalize leaving the toxic workplaces that damage our mental health and well-being!

When your dream job becomes a nightmare, prioritize your mental health and well-being and make an exit! Anger, irritability, illness, insomnia, forgetfulness, tardiness, and absenteeism are not normal. They are all signs that your job is negatively impacting your health and mental health.

Although I can give you different career development and career advancement strategies to help you update your resume and accelerate your job search, the first step is giving yourself permission to do what’s best for you! Your mental health matters.

We are saying no to being overworked, underpaid, and unappreciated. We are walking away from micromanagers and shady coworkers. Struggle is not required to advance in your career. We are eliminating that myth that we must “pay our dues” through suffering. Time is up for jobs that stress us out and burn us out. We’re done!

Career Tip Tuesday with Nicki Sanders 5/3/22: Prioritize Mental Health



Nicki Sanders, MSW, ushers high-performing women of color in mid-level social work and human services leadership through promotion to senior leadership. As Founder and CEO of Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting, her mission is simple – to eliminate toxic workplaces by developing skilled, empathetic, and goal-oriented leaders who have the vision, support, and resources to create a culture where business prospers, and employees thrive individually and collectively. Nicki has an extensive background in nonprofit management leading high-functioning, multi-disciplinary teams. She is an accomplished professor, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has combined her gift for authentic relationships, Master of Social Work degree, and over 20 years of diverse work experience to create a life and career aligned with her values and purpose. Nicki is a lover of cupcakes, travel, and 80’s hip hop and R&B music.

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