The 8 Dimensions of Wellness: Occupational Wellness

Occupational Wellness
Occupational wellness is a crucial aspect of overall well-being, and it's one of the eight dimensions of wellness (the last one in our series!). It refers to the satisfaction and fulfillment one feels in their job or career. The way we spend a significant portion of our day can have a significant impact on our happiness and overall health, and can be a huge portion of finding purpose and alignment with your values in your life. Or…it can be a big detractor from those things. In this blog, we’ll explore occupational wellness in more detail, including what it is, why it's important, and how to achieve it.

What is Occupational Wellness?

Occupational Wellness

As mentioned previously, occupational wellness is the sense of satisfaction and fulfillment one feels in their work. If you have a career or job that aligns with your values, interests, and strengths, then you likely have high occupational wellness. Importantly, occupational wellness also includes maintaining a healthy work-life balance, pursuing professional development opportunities, and finding a sense of purpose in one’s work. Like all other aspects of wellness, the dimension that focuses on your occupation is a spectrum and you may fluctuate in your levels of occupational wellness throughout your life. 

Why is Occupational Wellness Important?

Occupational Wellness

If you’ve ever had a job you hated you know the answer to this. Having a sense of occupational wellness can have numerous positive effects on an individual’s life, and the absence of or low occupational wellness can have several NEGATIVE effects on an individual’s life. High occupational wellness can lead to a sense of purpose and fulfillment. When we feel as though our work is meaningful and valuable, we are more likely to be satisfied with our lives. Additionally, occupational wellness can lead to financial stability, which can reduce stress and improve overall well-being. Furthermore, having a positive work-life balance can improve mental health and relationships outside of work. Basically, occupational wellness affects much more than just how you spend your days Monday through Friday, 9-5pm. 

How to Achieve Occupational Wellness

Occupational Wellness

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.Didn’t think I’d leave you hanging did you? There are numerous strategies individuals can use to achieve occupational wellness, and they don’t all include quitting your job. Yes, it is important to find a career that aligns with one’s values, interests, and strengths. When we are passionate about our work, we are more likely to feel fulfilled and motivated. However, if you are in a job that you absolutely can’t leave right now you are still able to consider other options while attempting to find purpose in the job you hold. What projects can you delegate or get rid of that don’t align well with your interests, skills, and values? Conversely, what responsibilities can you take on and what changes can you make that will align better. Trust me, if you make a strong business case for it, your boss will consider much more than you would think. Just make sure to frame it as a win-win scenario for both you and the company.

Setting achievable work and career goals and working towards them can also provide a sense of accomplishment and progress. If you like your job/career but are feeling a little bored and stalled, consider reevaluating your goals and setting up challenging milestones to shoot for. Nothing says purpose like a deadline and a raise (at least in terms of your career).

Lastly, practicing self-care both in and outside of work can also contribute to occupational wellness. This includes taking breaks throughout the day, practicing stress-management techniques, and pursuing hobbies and interests outside of work. How does this improve occupational wellness you ask? Well if you feel like you’re able to take care of yourself and also be successful at work you’ll overall feel like a balanced and healthy person – and as a result have even more brainpower to set and achieve career goals.

Checking In on Your Occupational Wellness

Occupational Wellness

It’s essential to check in on your own occupational wellness regularly. Assessing your job satisfaction, evaluating your work-life balance, considering your professional development, reflecting on your purpose, and seeking support are all strategies that can help you identify areas for improvement and take steps towards achieving occupational wellness. As always I urge you to take action. Don’t just read and think about this blog, take some time to write down your plan for improving your occupational wellness.

And if all fails…we’re here to help relieve the stress on your body from that improper desk set up and the tension built up from your horrible boss. Remember, the body keeps score!

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Dr. Nichole A. Walz

Dr. Nichole A. Walz

Dr. Josh Huddleston, and I are the founders of On-The-Go Wellness®. We are husband & wife, who just so happen to be Board Certified, Licensed, Chiropractic Physicians & Certified Yoga Instructors! After practicing with other clinics in the USA and Singapore for the past 5 years, we decided to start On-The-Go Wellness® to fit our active, mobile lifestyles.

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