How to Improve Your Wellbeing at Work

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Health Assured team

08 December 2017

Mental wellbeing is about coping with the daily routine and life’s difficulties while still finding time to enjoy life to the full. It also relates to all aspects of working life, taking into account everything from the environment to how safe you feel. But it isn’t just your mental wellbeing you should be concerned with; your physical health is important too. You spend an incredible amount of your time at work, so it is important that the working environment is positive, and you are taking proactive steps to look after yourself. And while your role may be unavoidably fast-paced, and therefore cause some degree of workplace stress, there are a few simple steps that you can take to make life easier, reduce your stress levels and improve your health and wellbeing in the workplace:

Get organised

taking a lunch break While small tasks, such as preparing your lunch the night before and organising your bags and outfit for the day, may seem trivial, they will make a considerable difference to your day. Doing these things will mean that you do not begin your work day with a rush to get ready in the morning, and therefore are less likely to go into work feeling stressed. This will have a positive effect on your wellbeing at work. Organising your desk or workspace will also play a part in helping you to think more clearly and work more efficiently, which can greatly improve your productivity and mood in your office.  

Stretch your legs

Whenever possible, walking to work rather than driving can be a great start to the day. It will stretch your muscles and wake you up in the morning. In addition, it reduces the risk of getting caught in any traffic, which can cause you more unnecessary stress before the working day has begun. If you live far from work, getting out of the office for a walk on your lunch break is a great way to improve your wellbeing. Walking has many health benefits. Not only will it give your eyes and mind a break from the stress of a computer screen, which is incredibly important for employee wellbeing, it will also improve your circulation.  

Encourage your employer to enrol onto an EAP service

counselling in the workplace While you can take a number of steps yourself to improve your wellbeing, it is always comforting to know that there is support available to you, should you need it. An Employee Assistance Programme at work has the sole focus of helping you deal with any personal problems, which might be taking their toll on your work performance. Remember that mental wellbeing is just as important as your physical wellbeing, and there is now more importance placed on employers to offer a duty of care. Asking your employer or manager to implement these employee wellbeing services can improve the quality of life for you and your co-workers, as it will offer medical screening for new starters, online health assessments and active care if you need it.   If you want to learn more about the options available to you, then it is a good idea to get in touch with our team of experts. We can help to guide you on what services are right for you, which you can then suggest to your manager or employer.  

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