Wellbeing really should feature at the top of your list of priorities. Right now, many of us are taking on more work than ever, as we’re in a cost of living crisis. However, it’s important that you balance things and ensure you’re puting your mental and physical health above earning extra cash. Here are a few things you can do to manage your wellbeing in the workplace.

Avoid Burnout

Burnout is growing increasingly common in workplaces, as employers cut staff levels during rhe pandemic and have failed to recruit replacements as we’ve got back to our normal workload. Many of us are also accepting overtime or increased responsibilities in exchange for payrises. However, it is important that you don’t burn yourself out. Burnout results from overworking and ongoing stress or pressure. It reduces productivity and you may find yourself unable to work at all if you’re not careful. Make sure to discuss workload distribution with your manager if you feel you’re taking on too much!

Be Open With HR

If you find that you are struggling, it is important that you reach out to your company’s HR department for support and assistance. This is the department of the company that can resolve conflict and take measures if anything is out of line. They can arrange reconciliation meetings, Eap services, compassionate leave and other measures to ensure you are able to prioritise your well being.  Arrange a meeting. You can note that it is confidential if you want it to take place in a space where other people can’t overhear your conversation.

Take Breaks

Taking breaks is essential. It gives you some space from your work, allowing yourself to disconnect and return better than ever. This applies on a daily level and on a longer term level. From a daily perspective, you should take your allotted lunch and coffee breaks. Take these breaks away from your desk if possible. In a longer term frame of mind, you need to make sure that you’re taking your annual leave or paid time off. Again, disconnect fully from work during this time. Create a good handover for while you’ll be away and then refrain from checking your work emails or messages while you are away.

Meal Prep

So many of us buy junk food lunches or fast food at work. You need to be fuelling your body correctly. Instead, make sure to meal prep lunches the night before, so they are fresh in the morning and can provide you with a healthy, wholesome lunch on your break. There are countless options, from sandwiches to wraps, sushi, pasta, salads and more. So, give yourself a little variety. This will benefit your wallet too, as this is a much lower cost way to manage your food at work.

Each of the steps outlined above should make all the difference to your wellbeing at work. Hopefully, by implementing each into your routine, you’ll be able to benefit from them before you know it!

Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.


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