Work / Life Balance

10 Ways To Enhance Your Wellbeing At Work

World Wellbeing Week returns for 2024 (24th – 30th June) and provides a welcome mid-year reminder to look after our mental and physical wellbeing. At We Are Wellbeing, we are passionate about looking after people in the workplace, after all, work contributes to a large part of our lives. The below statistics show that wellbeing at work is more important now than ever.

  • 8 million workers suffered from work related ill health in 22/23. (HSE)
  • Around 50% of long-term sick leave is down to depression, anxiety or stress. (MHFA)
  • Work related stress costs the UK economy £28 billion every year. (MHFA)

In this blog, we explore 10 ways to prioritise your wellbeing at work.

10 Ways to Wellbeing

  1. Use your employee benefits

Many organisations offer employee benefits, this could include reduced gym memberships, an employee assistance programme or wellbeing apps and webinars. If you are unsure what is available, reach out to your manager or HR team, and if there isn’t anything, this could be your chance to advocate for more support!

  1. Take a break

You may think the more you work, the more productive you will be. However, a survey by the Compass Group found 72% of UK workers said taking a lunch break made them more productive, and 82% found regular breaks throughout the day increased overall productivity. So, take lunch breaks, step away from your desk, book annual leave, and use the time to recharge.

  1. Incorporate daily movement

Regular movement is vital for mental and physical health, and research shows that just 4,000 steps per day reduces the risk of overall mortality. Sedentary jobs can increase the risk of high blood pressure, excessive weight gain, and musculoskeletal problems. A regular walk or stretch not only gets you moving, but also provides a well needed break (see previous point!).

  1. Set work boundaries

Setting boundaries and establishing a work/life balance may help to reduce stress and improve wellbeing. You will feel more present in your personal life, whilst feeling motivated at work. Boundaries could include starting and finishing on time, turning off your work phone in the evenings, and not checking emails at the weekend.

  1. Nurture relationships with colleagues

We spend a lot of time with colleagues, and better workplace relationships can increase productivity, motivation and morale. Social interaction is key for our wellbeing too, so ask a colleague how their weekend was, reach out to offer support or arrange a regular coffee break. This is especially important if you work remotely and lack face to face time.

  1. Stress awareness

Stress is a major cause of long-term sick leave, and burnout, which is recognised as an ‘occupational phenomenon’, arises from ‘chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed’ (WHO). Recognising early signs of stress means we can put strategies in place and look to reduce the negative impact. Check out our previous blog on ways to manage stress.

  1. Nutritional habits

Small nutritional changes can increase energy and concentration, and reduce the risk of certain lifestyle diseases, including type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. You don’t need to overhaul everything, but making lunches for the week, staying hydrated, incorporating more fruit and vegetables into your diet, and stocking up on healthy snacks is a great start.

  1. Out of work interests

Having hobbies, interests or volunteering outside of work is enjoyable, and gives us a break from the day to day. It may also help to build confidence, provide social support, and give you an opportunity to learn new skills, all of which can enhance our wellbeing. Check out sports teams, clubs, evening classes or volunteer opportunities in your local area.

  1. Sort your sleep

Sleep is crucial for health and wellbeing, yet it is estimated that 40% of the population struggle with sleep issues (The Sleep Charity). If this sounds familiar, it may be worth assessing your sleep hygiene and habits. Caffeine, underlying health conditions, sleep environment and our bedtime routine all influence our sleep quality and quantity. Mind have some great tips on improving sleep.

  1. Offer wellbeing support

Finally, if you are in a position to offer your employees wellbeing support, there is plenty available! Here at We Are Wellbeing, we offer corporate wellbeing workshops, webinars and seminars on a wide range of topics, training courses, including Wellbeing Champions, and on-site health checks. You can view our services here, and reach out for a chat today.

CONCLUSION

There are many ways to boost your wellbeing at work, but if you are struggling to cope, please reach out for help. You could speak to your manager, visit your GP, or visit Hub of Hope which has links to local services in your area.

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