10 Steps To Wellbeing At Work
10 Steps To Wellbeing At Work
1. Build your self-awareness
Being able to notice your own wellbeing every day is so important. If we can be aware of our battery levels every day, then we can notice when we are feeling drained and fully charged at work and can then take the steps to talking about it.
2. Communication is key
Learning what works best for you is vital to having good wellbeing at work. Your manager should know the ways of communication that you feel most comfortable with and you should know who you can talk to.
3. Talk out
Talking out about your own experiences of stress and mental health problems is like medicine for yourself and others. You become more comfortable and confident with talking out and others feel like what they’re going through is normal.
4. Do one thing at a time
At work, it’s easy to feel like a hamster on a wheel, because of both workplace culture and our own pressures we put on ourselves. However, working at an unrealistic pace only hinders our productivity and increases stress levels.
5. Space to reflect
As human beings we need to be having breaks every 90 minutes in order for our brains to not feel fuzzy. This can be a two to five minute break that will have a positive impact on both your wellbeing and productivity. This space gives us time to reflect on decisions we’ve made, work done and gives us opportunity to see things from a clearer perspective.
6. Keep the conversation going
Talk about mental health every day. It might be something interesting you saw someone post on twitter or perhaps you want to share a news article, book, podcast or documentary with your colleagues. By talking and sharing more, we can create a culture at work where mental health being spoken about every day is the norm.
Do what makes you relax in your breaks at work. This could be reading, watching part of a programme or practising mindfulness.
8. Be compassionate
We need to have compassionate conversations surrounding our wellbeing which means taking the time to understand mental health and empathise with our own and other people’s feelings.
Eat and drink regularly at work, away from your desk. Take the time to go for a walk to clear your head or talk to others about something other than work.
10. Be assertive
Knowing your own limits at work is important. Remaining assertive will reduce the chance of stress and burnout and the pressure to meet unrealistic expectations.
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