Being a professional can be challenging. You may have to work long hours, travel far distances and push yourself to try and meet difficult targets. This can take a toll physically, emotionally and mentally. So how do we try to maintain our overall wellbeing to ensure optimum performance both in and out of the workplace?
Royal Melbourne Hospital – North West Area Mental Health Service has a simple and effective evidence-based health promotion message that can help, called The Five Ways to Wellbeing:
It is important to build healthy social relationships between yourself, your family, your colleagues and others. You can do this at home, at work, or even in your local community.Consider these relationships an important part of your life and try to strengthen and develop them because they empower you every day.
2. Be active
Be intellectually and physically active. Get out of your house, go for a walk or run. You can do this alone or with others. Exercise will help to clear your mind and to make you feel happier.
3. Be aware
Observe the world around you and your own feelings. Consider your experiences and appreciate what is most important to you. Stay in the moment by using your five senses: touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste. You can do this even as you go about your daily tasks.
4. Keep Learning
Learn something new. Re-discover an old hobby, or start something new. You could listen to a radio program or develop a new skill. Learn new things that will increase your confidence and sense of competence.
5. Help others
When we are able to help others, we feel better about ourselves. Do something good for a friend, family or even a stranger. Not alone does this help the individual but it helps to build a stronger community.
The Five Ways to Wellbeing are simple and easy to implement in day to day life. Start today andnotice the difference on your performance at work and your overall wellbeing.
Manar Minawi is a Psychologist in the North West Area, and a volunteer with MPA.
If you require more information or want to access materials please contact Ms Doris Sant,
Community Partnerships & Population Health Planner on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming website: www.5waystowellbeing.org.au