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5 Arenas For Improving Wellness at Work In 2016

While it’s no surprise that losing weight consistently ranks at the top of New Year’s resolutions, obsession with weight is often too narrow a focus.

For many, weight is a symptom of a lifestyle that’s not conducive to wellness. Since much of our lives revolve around work, it makes sense to focus our attention on workplace wellness, she says. In addition to the mentally and physically demanding work hours,  the American Psychological Association states there are many new factors adding potential stress to today’s work environment.

Because we spend a significant amount of our waking hours working, I encourage people to pay attention to improving their wellbeing at work; doing this is also an effective way to take steps toward improving your overall personal wellness in a way that makes sense for you. A holistic approach is your surest way for results. She reviews examples within the five arenas of wellness.

  • Physical arena: This deals with tangible things in your life, including your body and your physical environment. Some of the many things you can do to improve this arena at work include using ergonomically sound office equipment, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and stopping what you’re doing for a moment each hour to stand, stretch and take a few deep breaths.
  • Mental arena: This arena addresses your thoughts and beliefs; it’s that little voice in your head that seems to narrate your day. Keep this arena fresh by learning something new about your job every day. That may include something about your company or something in a related field. If a racing mind keeps you awake at night, try a “brain purge” by writing down everything you have to do the next day and completely forget about those items. They will be there on your list in the morning.
  • Emotional arena: This arena deals with the cornucopia of feelings, which can get in the way of work and wellness. If you feel dissatisfied at the end of your work day, for example, write a list of what you accomplished instead of simply focusing on what’s incomplete or needs to be fixed. Keep a picture of someone or something that makes you smile on your desk. Loved ones, pets and favorite vacation spots work well. Take a look at it if you feel sad, angry or anxious. Or, take a quick break to read or watch something funny – maybe your favorite meme or gif. A few seconds of laughter can help reduce stress and quickly lift your mood.