Healthy at work
In order to stay healthy at work, it is important to pay attention to a healthy lifestyle. At work we should pay attention to our body and mind. Healthy food, diverse work and a positive attitude are examples of this. Furthermore, a good working environment is beneficial for our health. At college, it is important that the rules on health and wellbeing are shared and that these are implemented in the work setting.
A healthy lifestyle consists of more than just a good diet and exercise regime. It also depends on your ability to think positively, your personal development and self-awareness and your ability to relax. Your personal development will expand the knowledge at your disposal. Because of this, you will feel less uncertain when performing your tasks and you will feel the workload getting lighter. Taking care of yourself by taking time to relax is important for your mindset. Awareness and change can be important to feel more comfortable in your own skin. Many processes occur on a subconscious level through regular patterns and processes. Reaching goals that formerly seemed unattainable provides confidence and a happy feeling. By creating options, more space can be made to do what you really want to do.
When the balance between what you have to do and what can do is disrupted, the workload will become too much. This can occur when you do not finish your work in a certain time or when you can no longer live up to the demands. This can be caused by the following circumstances.
- Time pressure
- Too much work
- High work pace
- None or insufficient discussion about agreed working hours
- Not enough breaks and/or vacations
- Not enough knowledge and skills
- Demanding clients
- Too many responsibilities
“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” Jon Kabat-Zinn
It is important to sometimes switch off the autopilot and focus on your body and mind. Mindfulness can be applied anywhere and can help you to create space in your mind. Four tips to relax between busy moments:
- Check your breath, every once in a while
- Do one thing at a time
- Mindful eating exercise: take the first three bite very calmly and consciously
- Practice mindfulness of the breath