The Importance of Workplace Wellness

Workplace Wellness

According to Forbes, chronic stress is one of the most common health issues in the workplace. This can lead to physical health issues as well as mental health issues. This is why establishing a healthy work-life balance is key. This not only helps reduce stress in your life, it can help your productivity at work, allowing you to excel at your job and feel your best.

 

Tips to manage stress at work 

Take breaks 

Find a way to remain active. It does not matter if you are working from home or in the office, staying active will be beneficial. Staying active is a great way to reduce cortisol levels, which in turn will lower stress levels. Constant short breaks can also keep you from getting distracted; this may also help you lower fatigue levels. Your well-being should always be your primary focus, even if you believe work comes first. Do not forget that an affected mind and body will affect your work performance. A quick walk would be a perfect getaway from your desk. This is also a great opportunity to get outside for some fresh air, get your blood moving, and get some Vitamin D.

Stay Organized 

Planning and organizing may be considered a chore. We encourage you to make it a habit instead. Planning and staying organized can reduce stress and anxiety as it can create a calming effect for some. When you remain organized, you can maintain your focus and keep your mind on tasks that are of importance.

When you are scattered, you might feel like you are all over the place which might cause you to feel stressed and anxious. These are feelings that can easily be avoided by simply scheduling in planners, writing down tasks, sending e-mails, and setting alarms.

You can use the very same device you are reading this on to stay organized! Whether using a laptop, smartphone, or the old school way, a planner!

Set Work and Home Boundaries 

Having boundaries with office work is essential as it can get in the way of your health and your personal life. Once you reach home, you should take time to unplug. Unplugging from anything related to work is essential to have appropriate resting time. You need to be aware that you require personal time too. If you have family, friends, or pets that rely on you, unplugging helps you nurture that bond as well. 

If you enjoy after-work exercises, this can be a great activity to destress and promote a healthier lifestyle. Exercising should be incorporated into your daily routine at least three times a week.

Stress Awareness Checks

Are you aware of how your body reacts when you are under stress? Do you ever feel like your stomach starts to hurt? Your head feels a bit lighter, and your breaths get shorter? 

These are all symptoms of stress and anxiety. Knowing your mind and body is crucial to staying healthy and optimizing your work environment. If you begin to feel physically ill, you should listen to your body and take a break.

There are times when work can become too overwhelming—maybe a mental health day off from work is appropriate. Do not be scared to ask for a sick day off because you might think it is not a valid excuse, or you are not sick. A mental health day off from work is just as important as your primary care doctor's visit day off. If you are feeling overwhelmed, we can help you!

Ultimately, leading a stressful life will only leave everyone feeling drained and unhappy. Prioritizing wellness will result in better relationships, work outcomes, and overall health. If you lead a balanced life at work, it will reflect tremendously in other aspects of your life. You will reduce the amount of pressure you put on your shoulder, which in turn will be less stress. Less stress means you will come back to your family after work, with energy left for them.

You should not need to invest all your energy into your job. A well-balanced work ambiance means a life with fewer stressors leading to a longer and healthier life expectancy.

 

Seeking Help

Although taking appropriate steps to prevent work burnout is a great step to lead a healthier life, sometimes it is best to seek professional help. Seeking help from a mental health professional is a form of self-care.

You should not let stress get in the way of your goals, family, and happiness. If you believe stress has taken over your life, maybe it is time to seek help from a psychiatric specialist.

Here at Dr. Messina and Associates, our compassionate team of professionals are qualified to help you at our Flower Mound, Texas, and Southlake, Texas, offices. Our Psychologists, Psychiatrists, and Counselors specialize in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychological testing, and medication management for a variety of emotional and behavioral health needs. All services are available in-person and online (telehealth). If you or a loved one are seeking help with mental health, we are here to help.

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Dr. Michael Messina

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