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How to Improve Occupational Wellness

Occupational wellness promotes a healthy balance between your work and home lives. Learn more about lowering stress and improving overall well-being.

What Is Occupational Wellness?

Occupational wellness refers to how you occupy or spend your time. It promotes finding a healthy balance between the activities you partake in, such as work, leisure, social events, and more, to find purpose and meaning in your daily life.

Many people also use this term to explore how to maintain a healthy work-life balance, since so much of our lives are spent at our places of employment, whether that be online or in person.1 

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Why Does Occupational Wellness Matter?

Finding meaning and purpose in our jobs, or in the other ways we spend our time, is important because it works to help create a rounded and satisfying life. Most of us work simply because we must, but it’s also imperative to find happiness at the place we spend so much of our lives. This can help lower stress levels, increase well-being, and improve overall satisfaction in our day-to-day life. 2

Signs of Occupational Wellness

How do you know if you have achieved occupational wellness? It can sometimes be challenging to gauge how happy you are at work, but a few common signs of occupational satisfaction point to a well-rounded and successful work-life balance. These include: 3

  • A sense of purpose
  • Healthy boundaries between your personal and work time
  • Utilizing your strengths
  • Clear communication with coworkers or bosses
  • Feeling inspired or challenged at work
  • Exploring your career beyond the square boxes
  • Engaging in your work with motivation and purpose

Understanding the Signs and Pursuing Wellness

These signs can help steer you toward what you need to find in your work life to achieve occupational happiness and balance. If you can relate to some of these signs but not others, it may be time to speak with your boss about how to improve certain areas. Or, if you find that your job doesn’t fulfill any of these signs, that could also signify that you may need another job or way to occupy your time.

Signs of Poor Occupational Wellness

If you’re unsure about what your job provides for you to fulfill your life, here are signs of poor occupational wellness to take note of:00102

  • A sense of dread when going to work
  • Being unmotivated
  • Being unhappy with your career choice
  • Feeling stressed or overwhelmed with your workload constantly
  • Poor engagement or communication with coworkers

How to Improve Occupational Wellness

If you or a loved one are looking to improve your wellness and work towards a more balanced life, there are steps you can take to do this. It’s important to prioritize your health and wellness in all areas of your life so you can lower stress and create a more satisfying life for yourself. Some ways you can work to improve your occupational wellness include: 4

Don’t Settle

If you are at a job you don’t enjoy or don’t find satisfaction in, don’t settle by staying at that job. Your work should challenge and motivate you, and while finding a new job or purpose may sound scary, it’s the best step to take to increase your overall occupational wellness.

Avoid Overworking Yourself

One of the fastest ways to create burnout or increased stress is by overworking yourself. While many jobs encourage working as much as possible, they are looking to increase their output without often caring about the worker.

Create Connections With Your Coworkers

Your coworkers play a significant role in how happy you are at work. If you’re able to maintain good relationships with your coworkers, this will increase your motivation and give you friends you can rely on.

Make Your Goals a Priority

Putting yourself and your goals first can be challenging, especially if you’re used to helping others. However, one way to improve your occupational health is to make sure you prioritize your goals.

Set Realistic Goals and Boundaries

It can be tempting to thoroughly overhaul your work-life balance all at once, but it can be stressful if you don’t set realistic goals and boundaries about what you want to change. Make sure you take small steps to figure out what you want and how to achieve that.

Take Breaks

Taking breaks can help ensure you don’t get burnt out from your job or any changes you’re making. Scheduling breaks into your day is a great way to lower stress and help restart your brain.

Benefits of Occupational Wellness

If you’ve started changing your work-life balance to improve your well-being, you should start seeing multiple benefits. Some of these benefits will also help other areas of your life, such as your emotional, financial, social, and mental wellness. Maintaining balance within all these areas will help maintain a well-rounded and satisfying life. Some benefits of occupational wellness include: 5

  • Improves productivity and performance
  • Lowers stress levels and burnout
  • Decreases presenteeism
  • Improves teamwork and communication skills
  • Helps achieve a healthy work-life balance
  • Increases our ability to handle and respond to stress

Setting Priorities and Achievable Goals

Some of these areas of improvement may be more important to you than others, such as figuring out ways to lower stress if you find yourself constantly stressed or burnt out at work. It’s okay to start working towards one way to improve and benefit from occupational wellness before others – you must do what’s best for you and your work-life balance.

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Find Help With Occupational Wellness at Ripple Ranch Recovery

If you or a loved one want to start working towards healthier occupational health, Ripple Ranch Recovery can help. Our center offers multiple types of therapy that can help you figure out your priorities and what areas you can start to improve in with your job or other ways you occupy your time. Our compassionate staff will offer tips and strategies to improve your occupational health in a way that won’t increase stress.

We offer a holistic and patient-centered approach, enabling us to create an individualized plan tailored specifically to you and your needs. Our motivational enhancement therapy can also help increase your motivation levels and help you realize what may need to change in your life.

Reach Out Today and Let Us Guide You Towards Sustainable Wellness

Reach out to Ripple Ranch Recovery today if you or a loved one need help to improve occupational wellness or other issues, including substance abuse disorders. We will be with you every step of the way during your therapy and recovery journey.