Occupational Wellness

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“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”              ~ Confucius 

Occupational Wellness is the ability to balance work and leisure time. Occupational Wellness helps to manage work related stress and build healthy relationships with co-workers. It also helps us find our calling, allows us to explore different career options until finding where you fit.

According to the World Health Organization most of the world’s population (58%)  spends one-third of their adult life working to contribute to the well-being of themselves, their family, and society.

Signs of Occupational Wellness

  • Your job is motivation
  • It interests you
  • Your able to balance work and personal life and relationships
  • You job inspires and challenges you
  • At the end of the day do you feel good about the work you completed
  • You are able to work both independently and with other
  • You are able to communicate affectively with supervisors and co-workers

Ask you self these questions:

  • Do I enjoy going to work on most days?
  • Do I have a manageable workload?
  • Do I feel that I can communicate and talk with supervisors and co-workers when conflicts arise?

If you answered “no” to any of the questions it may indicate that it is time to look for a career change that better suits your personality or an area of occupational wellness that you can improve on.

Things you can do to improve your occupational wellness

  • Keep learning and increasing your skill and knowledge
  • Avoid work burnout, find balance between work and personal
  • Enjoy what you do
  • Write out your career goals and how you plan to reach them

Remember not everyday is going to be a good day at work. Life is messy and bad day happen but if the bad days are out weighing the good days don’t be afraid to change and fix the problem. Staying at a job that constantly makes you unhappy will just make you more susceptible to an unhealthy lifestyle.

Confucius quote. (n.d.). Retrieved November 13, 2015, from http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/c/confucius134717.html

Global strategy on occupational health for all: the way to health at work. (n.d.). Retrieved November 13, 2015, from http://www.who.int/occupational_health/globstrategy/en/index2.html

Health Services. (n.d.). Retrieved November 13, 2015, from http://www.unh.edu/health-services/ohep/occupational-wellness

University of California, Riverside. (n.d.). Retrieved November 13, 2015, from https://wellness.ucr.edu/occupational_wellness.html


4 thoughts on “Occupational Wellness

    1. Thank you for that article. I found it very interesting because there is so much emphasis but on the burn out rate of athletic trainers due to the demanding hours. This is the first year where I have really started to feel tired and I think it has a lot more to due with the added commitment of school more so then the job itself.


  1. I think occupational wellness is a vital key to a person well being. So many people I know don’t enjoy there jobs and that spills over into their personal life and has a negative impact. I think there are sometimes small things that people can do throughout the course of their day to improve there overall wellness regardless of the workplace. Whether that is setting mini goals, or even getting more organized. Individuals just can’t settle and need to seek out help. Such as these quick tips I found while researching occupational wellness

    Retrieved 12/9/2015 from http://www.123feelbetter.net/quick-tips-for-occupational-wellness/.


    1. I think it is really important to try and leave work issues at work and personal issues at home. I know this can be very difficult but I feel like this a major key in preventing spill overs. Asking for help is so important I am never afraid to ask questions or for help. I think some people see it as a form of failure or not being qualified of being able to perform the task but I don’t think of it that way. I would rather have someone ask for help then do it wrong and mess something up or have to do over. Plus it shows responsibility.


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