As the 12 days of Wellness blog series comes to an end we at worksafeandwell would like to go into the festive break thinking about work-life balance, and getting this right to improve our wellbeing. When one area of our life gets more hectic or difficult it can often affect the other areas and throw us out of balance.
Switch Off to Restore Balance
For many workers, the festive period is not one of rest, but of working through the period when many of us traditionally take an extended holiday, so getting the balance right between working harder at more busy times of year, and taking those well-earned breaks, can make a big difference to our wellbeing. When we do get time off from the workplace, switching off the phone and staying away from the email inbox is vital to ensure that we get adequate ‘downtime’ to focus on the other areas of our lives that need to be nurtured, such as friends, family, hobbies, and exercise, as well as catching up on sleep and eating well.
For employers it is worth considering what policies you have on ‘out of office’ emails. Some companies prevent messages being sent to workers when they are on leave, others have scheduled downtime where messages cannot be sent to reduce the stress of workers returning to bulging ‘inboxes’ after periods of absence.
Five Ways to Wellbeing
The Five Ways to Wellbeing are a set of evidence-based public health messages aimed at improving our mental health and wellbeing.The research findings set out 5 actions to improve personal wellbeing:
- be active
- take notice
- keep learning
Adding More Balance to Your Workplace
How can you apply these five principles to your working life? The Mental Health charity Mind has lots of great ideas to get you started, and Worksafeandwell can also help apply these core actions, with our experienced practitioners and network of creative associates offering training, assessment and coaching to embed these values into your workplace.