Work is a large part of our lives, and therefore, feeling good about your work a big part of your well-being. Occupational wellness is about finding meaning and purpose in your job – whether in your current position or a new one. A job doesn’t feel like a job if you are passionate about what you do and feel you are pursuing your ‘calling’ in life. Improving your occupational wellness can impact those that work for and with you as well – if you love what you do, others will recognize that and it could be contagious!

Here are 5 things you can do to further develop your occupational wellness.

  • Tackle an issue that matters to you. Get on a committee at work, join an initiative team, engage with your current environment, or get others to join you in supporting something. Giving energy to a cause which resonates with you can give you the boost you’ve been needing!
  • Fully utilize your skill set. Use your skills to not only influence and impact the work you do and the people you work with, but also work to refine and enhance them. What can you do to learn more and continue growing? Finding ways to contribute in areas that are not part of your everyday job can also help hone your skills.
  • Learn something new. Is there a skill set you don’t have that would be helpful in your job or life? Take a class, watch a webinar, attend a mastermind group or approach someone that you admire and ask them to mentor you. Explore an area in which you’ve been interested but haven’t yet pursued – you may find a new passion!
  • Be an agent of change. It’s possible that the company you work for is stuck or stagnant in some areas. Have you done all you can to improve these conditions? If it’s time to move on to something new, what can you glean from your past so as to not relive it in your new endeavor? You can be a catalyst for greatness, whether in your current role or with yourself!
  • Join business development or networking groups. Getting involved with others that have a similar but different focus can be rewarding. Even if you’re using the group as a social component to your self-care routine, you may find yourself reaping the benefits on the business side as well. Seek insight from others to help broaden your knowledge and your sphere of influence.

What all of this essentially gets at is ensuring you have a growth mindset when it comes to work (we recommend reading Mindset by Carol Dweck if you’d like to learn more). The average person spends 90,000 hours at work; so why not make the most of that huge piece of your life? All areas of wellness are intertwined so you owe it to your overall health to improve your occupational wellness. Make the most of your job and career, and you will find yourself feeling not only more successful but also happier!

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