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 (longer for some!). And, while some are career-minded and others work for the weekend, there's something that we can all agree on...work is a fact of life.
Unfortunately, work sometimes means stress.
Even if you have the best job ever (professional kitten-cuddler, chocolate taste-tester, Brad Pitt's makeup artist), there will be times where things don't go quite right. You might miss a deadline, or simply start to slide into an unhealthy work-life balance. But what's to be done about it?
Wellbeing isn't just something marketers use to make that quinoa more enticing, it's a true state of mind and body. We've seen it around - mostly on Instagram from toned ladies doing yoga in the rainforest. But you don't have to be a fitness model to enjoy the benefits of wellbeing, too.
Wellbeing is defined as the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy. Bring all of those items together and you have a powerful combination - one that can help you achieve even more at work, as well as at home.
So, how do you introduce wellbeing into the workplace?
At Brauer Natural Medicine, we understand that making your work life as enjoyable as possible has a massive trickle-down effect. As such, here are some easy ways you can start improving your workplace wellbeing.
Eat Healthy at Work
One of the biggest and best changes you can make to your workplace wellbeing is fueling your body with the right food.
When you're at work, it's so easy to cave in or slide into bad habits. You might feel as though you don't have enough time to prepare lunch so opt for takeaway instead. Or, you might indulge in a few cookies or chips throughout the day for a quick energy boost.
However, this may be doing you more harm than good in the long run. Processed, fatty and sugary foods give you a quick hit but don't contain anything substantial to give your body what it needs to thrive. So, you end up hungry, tired, and usually a little cranky come the end of the day.
By eating healthy during your working day, you give your body the nutrients it needs to be the best it can be.
How often have you felt sluggish at the end of the day? Like your brain is in a cloud that you can't see through? We've all been there, and it can be a huge hindrance on your productivity, not to mention the quality of your work.
Ensuring that you get out and about is a sure-fire way to blow the fog away. It also helps you to improve your outlook while you're at work.
If you enjoy working out, try fitting in a quick session before or after work. Or, if you don't want to go that far, why not start going for a walk on your lunch break? Going for a brisk walk around the block gets your blood pumping, which may help you to improve your fitness. It also gives you a reason to get away from your desk and out into the open air! After your walk you may be amazed at how refreshed you feel, so you can face the rest of your working day with a clear and focused mind.
Know When You're Stressed
For many of us, getting stressed at work means buckling down and internalising the problem. Meanwhile, the world keeps turning and work keeps piling up - only making you more stressed.
Instead of letting your stress fester and get the best of you, help to improve your wellbeing by acknowledging when you're frazzled.
Now, this stress may have been brought on by a number of different factors, but, the important thing is to take a step back and think of what you can do to minimise 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, sit down with them and talk it out so it's no longer on your mind.
Resolving your stress points at the root will may do wonders, and often letting someone else know how you're feeling is the biggest relief of all.
Help Yourself Unwind
Sometimes, we all need a helping hand. Work can be a stressful place, and it can be easy for your wellbeing to slip and be replaced by unhealthy work habits.
Natural remedies for stress may be an option to help your body and mind to quieten and calm.
Brauer Natural Medicine has a range of products that have been specifically designed to assist with stress. If you would like to learn more about our Calm range click here.
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