How Your Professional Wellness Impacts Your Mental Health
Did you know June is Professional Wellness Month? I didn’t either — which is why this blog post is coming to you a month late! Despite the delay, I think professional wellness is an important and under-discussed topic. Professional Wellness Month shines a light on the workplace’s role in creating a holistic environment for employees. When companies consider the importance of professional wellness, they attract top talent, increase employee retention, and ultimately have greater success.
Given how much time we spend “at work” — whether that means going into the office each day, working from home, and a combination of the two — it’s no wonder that the workplace plays a significant role in our overall well being. The reverse is true as well: Studies show that the wellbeing of an individual, which includes sleep patterns, diet, exercise routine, and more, impacts their productivity each day, which directly affects their job performance.
Now that we understand the importance of professional wellness, let’s look at two ways that you can improve it.
1. Take a break!
When was the last time you took a vacation? So many professionals accrue time off and then choose not to use it. Even if you spend your time off at home, catching up on your summer reading list or picking up a new hobby, this time away from the demands of your job is a much-needed opportunity to recharge.
2. Connect with your colleagues.
In our post-pandemic world, many of us have continued to work remotely, separating us from our colleagues. And yet, after quarantine mandates and widespread isolation, we know that human connection is more important than ever. Considering that a full-time job accounts for 40 hours each week, it only makes sense that some of this desired camaraderie must take place at work. Invite a coworker to lunch or plan an office happy hour at a neighborhood spot. If that feels too daunting, simply check-in with a colleague and ask them how they’re doing. A little effort goes a long way!
Professional wellness promotes work-life balance, reduces stress, encourages growth, and improves quality of life.
If you’re struggling with any of these issues, therapy can help! In fact, two of my clinical specialities relate directly to this topic: Stress Management and Career (Re)integration.
Stress is a normal part of life. In fact, a small amount of stress can have a positive impact, motivating us to change unhealthy behaviors and make better choices. Chronic stress, though, often leads to serious health problems. Stress management ensures that you have the tools needed to calm down after a threat (real or perceived) is handled. Treatment includes individual and/or group therapy.
Speaking of stress, the start of a new job or career is often marked by fear, uncertainty, and, yes, stress. If left untreated, these feelings may lead to eating disorders, depression, addiction, or other mental health conditions. Through individual and/or group therapy, you can learn to process your emotions, build self-confidence, and practice skills to navigate your new life path.
Your work culture and professional wellness directly impacts your ability to live a happy and stress-free life.
Is your workplace creating an environment where employees can thrive and not just survive? If not, it’s time to take charge! Adopt healthy habits that lead to greater personal and professional development.