Our wellbeing, both physical and mental, should be our top priority as human beings. Just like one needs to love oneself first to be able to love others, one must feel recharged and energized to be productive in the workplace. There is no specific recipe to wellbeing and everyone’s journey in trying to achieve it and maintain it differs.
This blog seeks to give the reader awareness of the positive impact that taking care of your wellbeing can have on your professional life and provides the reader with 3 ways they can enhance their own wellness with the last one being vital.
The main problem when it comes to wellbeing is that we tend to have a misconception of what is essential to promote it. There are infinite ways to enhance one’s wellness and we’ll discuss two of those ways below. However, there is an essential component that serves as the foundation of it all: Sleep. If we don’t manage to take control of our sleep, all the other things will still help but will never be enough. According to the Mental Health UK Organization, almost 1 in 5 people in the UK aren’t getting enough sleep and 37% of adults in the UK cite work as reducing the amount of control they feel they have over their sleep. These are both concerning statistics that can be changed by creating consciousness on the importance of sleep in both individuals and companies.
1. Move Your Body
According to research, moving your body for as little as 15 minutes can have a positive impact on your day. Some benefits include, but are not limited to, a boost of energy, a better mood, sharper memory and thinking, and better sleep which can all help in your personal and professional life. One study by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that running for 15 minutes a day or walking for an hour reduces the risk of major depression by 26%. With busy schedules, there isn’t always time to hit the gym or go on long runs/walks as desired but try squeezing in a short walk, a yoga practice, a jump rope session, or whatever gets your body moving and see the benefits yourself!
2. Do Something that Makes YOU Feel Good
As mentioned in the introduction, there is no specific recipe for wellbeing and everyone’s journey is different. Take the time to truly ask yourself: What makes ME feel good and energized? What do I want to do for MYSELF today? This can range from reading a light novel, to baking cookies, to drawing, to calling a loved one or simply doing nothing. Yes, doing nothing is completely acceptable! According to Dr. Russell Thackeray, a licensed clinical psychologist who consults on the topic of productivity, people that practice self-care have better cognitive ability, better focus and better concentration. Try to do at least one thing for yourself each day and you’ll see many benefits!
3. Prioritize Sleep
Last, and most importantly: sleep. Getting control of your sleep is the basis for wellbeing. If you don’t master this, chances are you won’t succeed. Research conducted by the University of Michigan shows how chronic exposure to poor sleep quality is associated with depression, anxiety, and other conditions. A good night's sleep can improve your memory, performance, emotional and social intelligence which can all contribute to your performance at work. The key takeaway is that sleep is the basis, and once you manage to achieve it, you can then move on to find other ways to improve your wellness like the two mentioned above. Studies also show how you are more likely to be promoted at work if you regularly practice napping, so the next time you feel that fatigue kick in mid day, take a power nap and see how your mind and body feel recharged!
How can RestSpace Help?
Going back to the beginning of the article, 37% of adults in the UK cite work as reducing the amount of control they feel they have over their sleep. This comes as no surprise. Being in the office from 9 to 5 and getting home to kids to take care of, laundry to get done, or even more work to do, it is hard to keep a healthy sleeping schedule. RestSpace is proud to offer those companies searching to improve their employees’ wellbeing the perfect solution.
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