31st Jul 2020

As much as we might not like to think so, work is a huge part of our lives. We’re introduced to it from an early age, evolving from washing the car for pocket money to the 9-5 grind.

And, while some of us are career-minded and others work for the weekend, there’s something that we can all agree on…work is a fact of life.

So, considering we spend so much time at work, what can be done to ensure we taking care of our workplace wellbeing when faced with the potential stresses of missed deadlines or a slightly off-kilter work-life balance?

What Is Workplace Wellbeing?

Wellbeing is defined as a state of feeling comfortable, healthy or happy (or a combination of all three).

There are many different facets of life that may impact your overall wellbeing, including how much sleep you’re getting at night and how often you’re moving your body. But, what about within the workplace?

Whether it’s what you eat on your lunch break or the relationships you maintain with coworkers, there are also a number of factors that go into maintaining good workplace wellbeing.

Eat A Healthy, Balanced Diet

Fuelling your mind and body with a balanced and varied diet is a great way to help support your health and workplace wellbeing. But at work, it can be all too easy to rely on easy takeaway options and the donuts in the communal kitchen.

For many of us, the reason behind these poor dietary choices is a lack (or perceived lack) of time.

When you’re feeling overworked or stressed, the last thing you feel like doing is adding another job to the to-do list.

But, by meal-prepping and bringing your lunches with you, the work is already done ahead of time.

Why not try cooking up a storm with this healthy pumpkin soup recipe? Simply reheat in the office and you’ve got yourself a delicious and nutritious meal.

Exercise Regularly

By the time 3.30 pm rolls around, do you sometimes feel sluggish or foggy? We’ve all been there, and it can make it difficult to feel productive and motivated at the end of the day.

Ensuring that you get out and about in the fresh air may help to recover a clear mind for the remainder of your day.

If you enjoy working out, try fitting in a quick session before or after work. Alternatively, why not start going for a brisk walk on your lunch break?

Even just venturing out around the block can give you a break from your work and increase your step count for the day.

After your walk, you may be amazed at how refreshed you might feel, so you can face the rest of your working day with a clear and focused mind.

Identify When You're Stressed

For many of us, our response to work-related stress is to keep tackling it head-on without allowing ourselves the time to unwind.

Instead of letting the stress compound, help to improve your wellbeing by acknowledging when you’re frazzled and giving yourself a moment to relax.

This stress may have been brought on by a number of different factors but the important thing is to take a step back, recognise its presence, and identify ways you may help alleviate it.

If you’re feeling bogged down by too many tasks, talk to the person allocating them. Or, ask a colleague to help out. If you’re experiencing an issue with another workmate, try sitting down with them and talk it out so it’s no longer on your mind.

Resolving your stress points at the root may help, and often letting someone else know how you’re feeling can be a big relief.

What's Next?