Quick Tips for Occupational Wellness
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Occupational Wellness is one of the 7 Aspects of Wellness. These 7 major life areas work together to form a complete and satisfying life, and paying special attention to each aspect will, over time, help us build a balanced sense of overall wellness. Occupational Wellness can have a massive impact on how we feel both physically and emotionally, and it also contributes heavily to our sense of fulfillment.
Occupational Wellness is concerned with how what we do for a living affects the way we feel. It encompasses a wide range of issues, from effective handling of work stress to finding the job of our dreams. When we explore our Occupational Wellness, we learn how to work through issues in the office, aim for that promotion or completely change careers. Because work is such a vital and time-consuming part of our lives, learning to find meaning and fulfillment at work can completely change how we feel as we go through our daily lives.
Whether you’re thinking about changing careers, just starting down the path toward your calling or simply looking for a few tips for handling troublesome workplace conflict, Occupational Wellness is within reach. It’s probably a lot closer than you think.
Here are a few quick ways to facilitate greater Occupational Wellness on a daily basis:
-Take a break! For many of us, the idea of taking a break while working sounds impossible. We’ve got so much to do, and working overtime has become a way of life. But in reality, taking breaks actually improves job performance, and it also helps reduce overall work stress. Just a few five-minute breaks scattered throughout the day can help strengthen mental focus and clarity. Get up from your desk, stretch, chat with a coworker and walk around the office for a minute. Do a short meditation to clear your mind and refocus your energies. The more pressure you can release throughout the day with these mini-breaks, the better you’ll feel—and the better you’ll perform.
-Make a list, and be realistic. Use simple time management techniques to reduce stress and improve your ability to get work done. One simple time management tool that will help you keep track of daily tasks is the to-do list. To maximize your to-do list’s effectiveness, make sure that you keep it relatively short. This will force you to prioritize your projects. Place items on the list in order of importance, and make sure to give yourself some breathing room. You don’t want the entire list to go out the window because one item took a little longer than expected. The best part? Crossing items off the list as you get them done! This will give you a little extra motivation when starting the next task at hand.
-Organize your workspace. A clean, neat and organized workspace makes it much easier to keep track of everything that is going on,reducing feelings of anxiety. If you can’t find something you need or you’re sitting in a big pile of clutter, you’re much more likely to feel frustrated and overwhelmed. Instead, take the time to regularly clear your workspace for maximum usage and minimum annoyance.
-Take a class. If you’re considering changing careers, or if you just want to sharpen your skills for your current job, signing up for a class is a great place to start. Learning more about what you’re doing will help you feel more comfortable and effective at work, and it may land you a promotion. If you want to change careers, taking a class will give you hope for a better future. It will get the ball rolling as you start down the path toward something satisfying and new. The more you explore your dreams in the classroom, the more freedom you’ll have to move in the direction of your dreams in real life!
-Set mini-goals. Everyone has big dreams and aspirations, but setting mini-goals at work will help you get through your days. They can even turn work into play. How? When you set a mini-goal like, “I’m going to finish these reports by noon,” you turn work into a game. Sure, you’ll still need to focus on quality, but these benchmarks are just for fun and motivation. If you don’t finish the reports by noon, it’s no harm, no foul. If you make it, it’ll be like winning a race!
Ultimately, true Occupational Wellness involves doing what you love, and loving what you do. Everyone is different, and we each have our own piece of the puzzle to contribute. As you search for your unique role in the working world, remember that it’s the people who do what they love that truly make the difference.
Date: September 8th, 2011
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