Workplace Wellness: How To Stay Healthy At Work
Are you guilty of working long hours staring at a computer or performing repetitive tasks, with little consideration for the impact it may be having on your health? Many of us work long hours – around a third of waking time is spent in our jobs during our adult lives. Understandably, this means workplace wellness can have an enormous impact on our mental and physical health.
While more dangerous jobs such as mining are less common, there are still risks involved in the jobs we choose to do – yes, even sitting behind a desk for nine hours a day can be having a significant impact on our health. Many of these consequences are commonly overlooked, but their impact on our wellbeing is significant.
Poor working conditions in your job can cause physical problems for your health. In some cases, poor management means staff are not safeguarded against serious accidents, which could result in personal injury. If this has happened to you, it is worth speaking to personal injury firms to find out what help is available to get you back on your feet. If you think your workspace is unsafe, express your concerns to your employer and take it to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration if your concern is not taken seriously – you have a right to work in a safe environment.
Other problems such as repetitive strain injury or back problems caused by office furniture are common but are usually easily fixed by the introduction of ergonomic furniture, standing desks, and a better break system, so make sure you speak to your employer about your concerns.
How much can you relate to this: dragging yourself out of bed before sunrise, spending an hour in stressful traffic on the long commute to the office, sitting behind a computer with tons of artificial light and only a few short breaks, and dealing with the tittle-tattle of office politics?
While these are all overwhelmingly common aspects of many of our daily lives, they could all be contributing to some serious anxiety. Do you often have to deal with emails outside of work time, feel obliged to put in overtime or work more than could be reasonably expected to please the management? These are serious stress-inducing problems that many of us face in our daily lives.
A little bit of stress and anxiety are completely normal, but when it’s a barrage for five days a week, for months or years on end, it can have a seriously psychological impact that many people fail to recognize in themselves. Could you be suffering from work-related stress and anxiety? Do you have a particularly difficult job, with high accountability or responsibility?
Is it difficult to switch off at the end of your working day, and do you find yourself answering emails while you shouldn’t be at work, worrying when you should be asleep, and planning while you should be spending time with your family? Speak to a specialist, either a therapist or an occupational health professional, to find out if the level of stress you’re experiencing is normal – long term exposure to stress and anxiety can cause physical problems, including heart disease, so it should never be ignored.
While your employment is obviously important, your health absolutely must come first. Workplace wellness is important and should always be a priority.