How to Practice Emotional Well-being at Work

In our recent discovery, one of the study said:

“Researchers at the Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore report that one in three adults suffers from psychological distress related to the global pandemic. According to this report, published in the PLOS One scientific journal, the pandemic has increased the burden of psychological distress, including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and insomnia disorders, particularly among women, young adults, and those with the lowest socio-economic status.”

With this discovery, it is shown that not being able to manage our emotional well-being, especially with the ongoing pandemic, brings about more harm than good. Thus, it is necessary for us to learn how to practice emotional wellbeing at work for the benefit of ourselves and others. Here are some methods for you should you ever start feeling worn out at work.

1. Getting self-help

One of the best ways an employee can help maintain their emotional well-being at work is via self-help initiatives.

These initiatives, which include meditation and mindfulness sessions, yoga classes, or even de-stressing periods at work can help employees in coping with work-related tension. Furthermore, these sessions also allow for employees to connect with their colleagues as well and get to know them better, or provide a period of time for employees to rest and freshen up before their next task at work.

2. Creating happy and healthy work environments

Happy environments don’t just boost employees’ productivity and performance at work, it also correlates to employees with better emotional well-being too.

When employees are within an environment that practices emotional wellbeing, they feel better about what they do, and are able to work better with their colleagues. This, however, requires action in order to come about. In order to create such an environment, employees should make it a point to not only ensure good workplace behaviour, but also communicate signs of behaviour that goes against their organization’s values or bring harm towards employees and coworkers.

3. Caring for yourself and others

According to worksite wellness expert Dee Eddington, “caring is an integral component of an organization, where individuals and groups of like-minded people understand and care for the values and situations of other individuals and groups. It is demonstrated every day by expressing and accepting caring in our personal and professional relationships.”

Eddington’s statement shows the importance of employees caring for each other. If they do so, not only do they create stronger bonds with their colleagues, but they can also come to understand their colleagues better and provide assistance in times of need. They can also avoid creating emotional distress for their colleagues as well, by saying the right thing and not touching at topics their colleagues are not comfortable with.

4. Creating achievable goals

Another way of practising emotional wellbeing at work is via creating achievable goals. Goal setting is great not just for emotional wellbeing at work, but also for accountability and setting expectations.

By creating and working towards achievable goals at work, employees gain a sense of direction about what’s important at work, and drive themselves to achieve that goal. Doing so also gives employees a sense of pride and accomplishment when they finally achieve the goal they set up, be it a personal one or a collaborative one with colleagues.

5. Openly discuss emotional well-being

Outside of work-related issues, stress also comes in the form of other factors. This may include a lack of regular social interaction and meaningful relationships with coworkers, or emotional issues brought about by various factors both in and outside of the workplace.

Employees need to feel that their emotional health will be taken seriously, with no stigma attached. As such, it is a necessity for employees at work to openly discuss emotional well-being at work, and create ways to practice good emotional well-being at the workplace. For example, they may want to learn how to practice mindfulness at work, which is a proven way to reduce the impact of workplace stress for both themselves and their colleagues.

The above points are but a handful of methods that can be practiced by employees to maintain their emotional wellbeing at work. Let’s start taking measures to ensure our well-being at work is well taken care of, for both the benefit of ourselves and our colleagues.

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