Out of the seven dimensions of wellness (spiritual, physical, intellectual, environmental, occupational, emotional and social), occupational is often ignored. It’s very easy to focus on working out or socializing and simply pushing work to the back burner.
Occupational wellness is a balancing act between work and leisure time, the capability of addressing stress, as well as building relationships among coworkers while having a career you are passionate about.
We must be open to seeking and integrating new opportunities and challenges in order to be successful in growing professionally as an individual. Occupational wellness has a large focus on enriching one’s life from a chosen career path in combination with the relationships formed within. In the middle of the occupational wellness foundation lays the idea that professional development and success is linked to one’s personal values and commitment.
Perhaps your work life is a little out of whack. If you answer ‘no’ to any of the following questions, consider working on problem areas in order to better the status of your occupational wellness.
-Do I enjoy going to work most days?
-Do I have a workload that is controllable?
– When problems become apparent, can I confront my boss and/or coworkers in a professional manner?
Follow these 3 easy tips to stay well at your workplace:
- Eat right/Exercise: Pack a nutritious lunch to get you through the day. Skip the sugary snacks and go for nutrient dense items in order to stay full for longer. If you have time, go for a ten minute walk on your lunch break to get your energy back up. A yummy lunch and a quick power walk will be sure to last you until that 5 o’clock hour.
- Have a plan: Make a list and cross off what you have accomplished for that day. Having a plan will ensure that you stay on task and stay focused while at work, and will help you achieve your daily goals and even more productive
- Focus on the future: Work can sometimes become known as ‘the daily grind,’ but begin to think of the future instead. Focus on what positive things will come from your career such as new skills or perhaps a promotion. This will keep you going and moving forward when your work week becomes tiring.
Whether you need to practice interviewing, take career inventories, or need mediation for a work related problem, check out Georgia Southern University’s Human Resources and Office of Career Services. Both are on campus resources dedicated to professional development and finding career opportunities for faculty, staff, students and alumni.
Still on the hunt for a job? Check out the link above for several career opportunities. Until then, focus your occupational wellness on school, volunteer work, or other future-building opportunities.