Wellness at Work
“I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as ‘making a life.’ ” — Maya Angelou
Wellness in the workplace is all about purpose, energy, and relationships. Few people would say they have the perfect job, but those who are happy at work and are able to overcome challenges and stressors share a few traits. They bring their passions and talents to their to-do list. They feel energized and active rather than fatigued. Rather than escalating office drama, they choose to build strong, one-to-one relationships with their colleagues.
If you’re feeling burned out at work or see this as a possibility in the future, then it’s time to evaluate how you can make space for wellness in your career.
- On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being not at all, 10 being very much), how “well” do you feel at work from day to day?
- If you could wake up tomorrow and have the perfect workday, what would it look like?
- How much physical energy do you feel you have at work?
- Which work relationships result in stress or anxiety?
- Which work relationships result in joy?
Build One-to-One Relationships
When morale is low at work, there is a temptation to talk about other people. We vent to colleagues about the boss or perpetuate office gossip for entertainment. When you build one-to-one relationships, you strengthen your capacity to deflect and reduce office anxiety. So, try bringing conflict back to the person with whom you have a misunderstanding. Refuse to entertain gossip and keep the focus on the positive. Take the time to know everyone’s name and some facts about their lives.
Pay Attention to Your Body
If you feel sluggish, dehydrated, or even sick at work, then listen to your body. Take time to move around and stretch, cut back on the caffeine, and drink lots of water. If you have the opportunity to step outside and get some sunlight, take advantage of that time. It’s amazing how just a few seconds of deep breathing and checking in with yourself can help you feel more energized and more mindful of how the workplace affects your health.
Match Tasks with Values
A purpose-filled workday starts with evaluating which items on your to-do list match up with your values. Everyone has work tasks that seem boring, but if you can start your day with something that energizes you, then you have a better chance of being productive and feeling good. So if you value relationships, start the day with a meeting or check-in with a co-worker. If you value creativity, sketch out some ideas for a new project.
Outline for Growth
Whom can you recruit at work to be a resource for improving your personal wellness? Which colleagues do you avoid or dread seeing who can be targets for relationship building?
What times during the workday can you check in with your body? How can you generate more energy to fight fatigue?
How would you like to see your personal values reflected more in your weekly work? What tasks make you feel the most energized and valued?
Look over your answers and consider three changes you can make in the next month to improve wellness at work.
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