Occupational Wellness is the personal satisfaction derived from one’s work.
1. Don’t fall a victim to ‘Destination Addiction.’
We know everyone can’t immediately find and land their dream job, and it’s easy to run into occupational “Destination Addiction.” Here are 4 tips to make your current situation ideal and boost your occupational wellness!
1. Make sure your office fung shei is up to par.
The colors of your walls have an incredible impact on your mood. Shades of dark blue create flow, purity, and freshness, as well as decrease stress and bring a sense of “calm” to your environment. Lighting can also impact your occupational wellness. Fluorescent lighting can cause stress and anxiety in the workplace, leading to migraines, eye strain, sleeping disorders, and much more. A better alternative to fluorescent lighting can be incandescent lights, skylights, or windows.
2. Bring personal touches to your workspace.
If you don’t work from home or have your own office, things like changing the colors of the walls and types of lighting may be out of the realm of possibility. But you can always bring something personal to work with you to put in your cubicle, on your desk, or even in your locker. Leave a souvenir from your favorite place on your desk or wear your favorite accessory if you have to wear a uniform to work. Keep your favorite snack in your desk drawers or listen to your favorite Pandora station while doing simple tasks, if your job allows it. Any personal touches that can keep you relaxed and fend off stress will make you more productive and content at work.
3.Avoid workplace negativity.
When you’re not exactly where you pictured yourself being professionally, it can be hard to avoid complaining about work and coworkers. Choosing to be happy at work means avoiding negative conversations, gossip, and unhappy people as much as possible. No matter how positively you feel, negative people have a profound impact on your psyche. Focus on the positives as much as possible.
4.Make friends at work.
“Do you have a best friend at work?” This doesn’t mean you have to hang out every weeknight outside of the office, but liking and enjoying your coworkers are hallmarks of a positive, happy work experience. Take time to get to know them. You might actually like and enjoy them.
2. Don’t take your work home with you.
According to the American Psychological Association’s (APA) annual Stress in America Survey, in 2015, 65% of adults found work to be a significant source of stress and 67% of adults found money to be a very significant source of stress. Younger generations reported more stress than older generations, where millennials rated their average stress at 6.0 out of 10, while Baby Boomers reported at a 4.0.
So how can we help keep that stress at a minimum and not let it affect our entire lives? Easy (well, easily said.) Don’t take your work home with you.