What is Occupational Wellness & Why Is It Important?

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Do you ever feel as though you have no time to enjoy any of the things you love because you are working too hard? Or that you are unable to separate the stress from your work from the rest of your life? If the answer is yes, you may want to look at some ways to improve your occupational wellness. 

Occupational wellness refers to the proper balance of work/life in such a way that promotes self-actualisation and personal wealth, whilst ultimately being beneficial to your health. There are many factors that go into occupational wellness, and there isn’t one formula that will fix wellness for everybody. However, if you do feel your occupational wellness could be better, working on a few of the factors you feel are important to you can help you reclaim more control over your mental health.


What Contributes to Occupational Wellness?


Our mindset and capacity to successfully manage our work, school, and career goals have a significant impact on our wellbeing, performance, social interactions, and overall success. Our capacity to successfully manage everything comes down to time management as well as the authority to make decisions that benefit you. Having enough time on your hands doesn’t have to be a luxury, and ensuring you aren’t trying to do too much is absolutely a skill you can use to help you manage everything better. Having some control or authority over your job is another hugely beneficial element. Being able to work more flexibly or to prioritise or delegate certain tasks can open up the possibilities for you to spend your time in different ways or on different schedules. While it's not always easy to achieve this, having a trusting and mutually respectful relationship with your employer is certainly something which helps.


Occupational wellness also does not only apply to having a job. Being a student, a carer, or a mother are also important roles that can involve lots of stress, and it's equally essential that these people are also able to take some time away from their responsibilities in order to look after their own mental health.


How To Achieve More Occupational Wellness?


Don’t settle for what you have if it isn’t working out for you. If you are not being treated right, or if other people’s expectations of what you can achieve are unreasonable, then find a way to change it. Keep learning, the more you learn the more you have to offer the world around you and the more options you open up for yourself. Creating positive connections and relationships with your co-workers can also make a huge difference to workplace happiness, and make going to work a fun and enjoyable experience.


Outside of work, it’s also important that you exercise some self-care to recharge your batteries. Setting aside some me-time cannot be understated and ensuring you have a carefully planned wellness routine can go a long way. You may look to other methods of coping with stress such as aromatherapy. Being able to stop, inhale and relax anywhere is a mini superpower in of itself, which can be achieved by using Scentered’s aromatherapy balms. These balms can go wherever you go, and can be used at home or at work, just keep them in your pocket! There is a blend for every mental escape you could hope for, but if you’re feeling particularly stressed, the de-stress blend could be a good fit for you. You may be surprised how far a little mental care can go.


What Are The Results Of Occupational Wellness?


Managing to achieve occupational wellness may result in it being expressed in a number of ways. If you find yourself working in a stimulating and engaging environment whilst knowing how to strike a balance between work and play. If you find yourself working according to your unique learning preferences and that you are able to easily work alone or with others, it's likely that you have good occupational wellness. Ideally everyone would feel inspired and challenged at work and be able to appreciate their accomplishments at the end of the day.


It may be tough to achieve, but it’s not impossible, and Scentered are here to help you along the way!