5 Ways to Improve Your Wellbeing at Work
Wellbeing in the workplace is a bit of a buzz topic at the moment, with many companies jumping on the bandwagon to implement strategies that aid their employee’s wellbeing and ultimately boost productivity.
Huge organisations such as Google and Facebook have rather expensive workplace wellbeing initiatives in place, and smaller, local businesses are getting in on the act too. However, there are a number of things that you can do as an individual to aid your own workplace wellbeing, both physically and mentally.
- Work on one task at a time. If you try to multi-task, this could lead to lower levels of productivity and feelings of being overwhelmed. Jumping from task to task is only sustainable for a limited amount of time. The best thing to do is list the tasks that you need to complete, and then rewrite the list in order of priority. That list is then your plan. Go through it one item at a time, ticking off the task when it’s done. If you focus purely on that one task before moving on to the next one, you’ll find that you’re more productive and therefore achieve more in the day than you would have done previously. This in turn reduces feelings of being overwhelmed and boosts a sense of achievement, both of which are conducive to your wellbeing.
- Take a break. If you’re sitting at a computer all day, make sure you take a break each hour. By taking a break I mean stand up, move away from your computer and stretch. Sitting at a computer for a long time can cause physical problems such as stiff necks and shoulders, poor posture and eye strain. Even if you get up from your computer to get a drink or go to the printer to collect something, it’s still a short break that will have benefits. A bonus tip here is to ensure that when you are sitting at your computer, you do all you can to make it comfortable. This could include sitting at eye level with the screen, sitting on a chair that supports good posture, using a mouse mat that has a resting cushion for your wrist, keeping your legs uncrossed and feet flat on the ground, and supporting your back with a cushion. If you don’t work at a computer but your job involves sitting down for long periods, be sure to move around a bit on a regular basis.
- Take healthy snacks to work. It’s common for there to be cake or sugary snacks available in an office environment. All the sugar and carbs just cause a slump. So, take the lead by taking healthy snacks such as fruit and nuts or seeds to work. Say no to the temptation to eat cake or anything unhealthy, knowing that eating well is beneficial for body and mind. This doesn’t just need to apply to an office environment. Wherever you work, taking some healthy snacks and a balanced lunch with you will aid your wellbeing. Many of the clients I work with, particularly weight loss clients, employ this strategy by preparing healthy snacks and keeping a bottle of water by their side so they keep hydrated too.
- Walk or cycle to work instead of driving. If your place of work is within walking or cycling distance, you could take up using those means to get to work. It doesn’t need to be every day. Even if it’s just once or twice a week it will still have benefits. As well as getting some regular exercise, you’ll also feel energised when you arrive at work, ready for a fantastic and productive day. If you live quite far from your work and need to drive there, an alternative is to park somewhere else and walk the rest of the way. So, for example, you could park your car in a car park half a mile (or even a mile) away from your work and then walk the rest of the way. This will have the same benefits of walking all the way to work if you live closer. You’ll get some fresh air, some time in the sun if it’s a nice day, a regular dose of exercise, and again arrive at work feeling good and ready for the day.
- Remember your work/life balance. So many of us are guilty of putting more time into our jobs than is required. This impacts on our personal life and reduces the healthy balance between work and life. If all you do is work, or if you put in many more hours than you should, this will eventually lead to burnout, feelings of being overwhelmed and reduced happiness. Regardless of how busy you may be at work, it’s important that you always make time for yourself every single day. Even if it’s taking 10 minutes to sit down with a cup of tea and enjoy the silence, it will help. We all deserve and need that treasured ‘me time’, so don’t be afraid to have some for yourself. With more of a balance, you’ll enjoy your job more, won’t feel bogged down and will probably find that you get more done.