The occupational aspect is just as important as the physical aspect of personal wellness.
The difference is that the occupational aspect can be rolled into several other aspects of personal wellness.
According to GRCC, “Occupational/Vocational wellness involves preparing and making use of your gifts, skills, and talents in order to gain purpose, happiness, and enrichment in your life.”
We will take an in-depth look at the occupational aspect of personal wellness.
What Is The Occupational Aspect Of Personal Wellness?
The occupational aspect of personal wellness primarily evolves around the sense of satisfaction with our choice of employment.
A Washington State University article states, “Occupational wellness is the ability to achieve a balance between work and leisure in a way that promotes health, a sense of personal satisfaction and is (for most people) financially rewarding.”
Our attitude or approach to our work, work environment, or coworkers.
“It is never too late and you are never too old to become better”
Therefore, our attitude and ability to productively cope with work, school, and career goals greatly affect wellness, performance, interactions with others and overall success.
Occupational wellness is intertwined with and has an impact on the other aspects of personal wellness.
This relationship is especially true for the physical, emotional, and financial aspects.
It begs the question, ‘what are you prepared to do’ to achieve occupational wellness?
Myths About The Occupational Aspect Of Personal Wellness
Myth number one is that the occupational aspect is superficial. This could not be farther from the truth.
Occupational wellness is actually a part of the wellness foundation. As such, it is required to help build the best version of ourselves.
The second myth refers to the one-size-fits-all stereotype. Each of us is different even though we jump through the same hoops.
Our journeys affect each of us differently.
“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.”
For example, becoming a doctor, lawyer, or dentist is not for everyone; however, being employed as a police officer, firefighter, or a pilot is a turn off for some too.
The paths we take come with their own sets of issues. Therefore, we often seek out the path of the least resistance.
Myth number three is the health and wellness are the same. In actuality, health is merely a state of being.
On the other hand, wellness is the state of actively living a healthy lifestyle.
More or less, it is an ongoing process of change and growth that results in a better state of well-being in all aspects of life.
In addition, much of to do with health is beyond our control. Wellness allows us to choose a better lifestyle.
One final myth is that we can take shortcuts to achieve occupational wellness.
We may be able to manipulate our circumstances, but we cannot exploit our experiences.
Issues Affecting Us In The Workplace
There are numerous social problems that affect our behavior and success. A few examples are:
- Drug and alcohol use
- Domestic violence
- Sexism and racism
It was reported that in 2018, 16.2% of all children (11.9 million kids) within the USA lived in poverty. Incidentally, that is almost 1 in every 6 children.
Some people who drink alcohol, use illegal drugs, or misuse prescription or nonprescription medicines may develop a substance use disorder.
Substance use disorders can range from mild to severe. Indicators of a substance disorder are:
- Affects employment
- Driving under the influence
- Strong craving to consume drug or alcohol
- Argumentative about the amount of consumption
It is also safe to assume that alcohol and drug use could be an unconscious attempt at self-treatment for another problem, such as depression.
It is believed that people who use alcohol and drugs may be more likely to engage in risky behaviors.
Occupational Aspect Goals
For many of us, occupational wellness goals may clearly fall into a “personal” or “professional” category.
“One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.”
Alternatively, these goals could easily overlap into both categories combining both work and home.
Developing our soft skills and capability to feel empathy will help improve all areas of our lives.
Building and improving professional relationships are an important part of our personal development goals.
Improving our time management skills help increase our productivity and efficiency, decrease our stress, and allow us to have more time to dedicate to other endeavors.
Designing our own success depends on our definition of what it means. If one can define success and happiness, then that will help clarify what is necessary to achieve it.
Another goal is to find new challenges to keep things interesting and satisfying.
We can demonstrate our ambition and be especially helpful to others. A mean to building leadership abilities.
In four words, ‘do not become passive’. This occurs when we put other people’s preferences or needs ahead of our own.
Although, sometimes necessary, problem occur when we are consistently passive.
At the onset, we may feel good in the short-term; however, the long-term affect will require larger sacrifices.
Developing a growth mindset will allow us to continue to develop our talent s throughout life.
We would be able to achieve more than individuals with a fixed mindset.
Should Improving Our Occupational Aspect Take 20 Steps?
Most of the documented research suggests 20 or so steps to achieving success for improving occupational wellness. Consider our outlook on our job, recreational activities, or career.
By mindful of our ability to make choices that foster positive attitudes toward jobs, lifestyle, as well as our co-workers which will enhance our personal and professional satisfaction and promote lifelong learning.
Our need for improvement involves a strong sense of self and discernment.
In addition, improvements also involves working on our communication skills.
Moreover, our interpersonal skills (becoming familiar with body-language and human emotion) sharpen as we grow.
Knowing enough about ourselves to choose a rewarding and fulfilling occupation.
This should be consistent with our personal interests, values, and beliefs.
The ultimate task is being gentle with yourself and putting your mental, emotional, and physical well-being above else.
Creative Ways To Improve The Occupational Aspect
We can always Improve our occupational aspect of personal wellness. We should examine who we are and what makes us unique.
In addition, we can learn from that what our passions are and work towards creatively pursuing or applying them.
We can set realistic goals and work on them earnestly with enthusiasm. Life contains many levels through which we must pass before reaching our ultimate position.
Even at the peak of our growth, we should never cease to improve. If our current jobs has us stressed, we should sit back and reflect.
Here are a few questions that we can ask ourselves:
- What is going on?
- Are you misusing valuable personal time?
- Are you miserable at work?
- If so, for what reason?
It is essential that we periodically reevaluate our standings and set new goals.
We should make it a point to never stop learning. Always ensure that we have a healthy balance between work and play.
We should map out our financial needs, be objective, prioritize realistically, and assess our ability to be successful.
After which, we can make decisions based on this personal evaluation.
In an article, “A Job You Love,” they introduced the following:
“A first step in increasing your occupational wellness is to explore your talents and interests.
- Accurately assess your qualities, strengths and weaknesses.
- Ponder and assess your hobbies/interests/activities which bring you pleasure.
- Ponder on what do you want to do with your life.
- Ponder and assess the direction of your future plans.
- Ponder on what motivates you.
- Ponder on which leisure activities do you find enjoyable and if it could become a personal/financial rewarding occupation you
- want to do for your career life.
- Ponder on which occupations/careers you find interesting.
- Ponder on if you are most interested in learning through reading and lectures or do you prefer practical and hands-on
- Ponder on if would you prefer working with others on teams; committees on group projects; or do you prefer to work alone.
- Ponder on if you describe yourself as a leader of a follower.
- Ponder on how comfortable are you with taking risks.
- Ponder on if you believe that you have the qualities of a valuable and valued employee.
- Ponder on whether your current or future choice of profession is marketable within a changing economy.
- Think about your fantasy job and assess how to get it.”
Again, achieving wellness is not an easy chore. Nonetheless, if we work on it, we can make noticeable changes.
Winding Down And Wrapping Up
The occupational aspect of personal wellness is an essential part of our foundation. Consequently, it is not a scam!
It plays a major role in conjunction with our physical, emotional, and financial well-being.
Improving our occupational wellness can be a tedious process; however, positive change improves our lifestyle.
Finding the areas of stress in our lives (work, home, or family), give us an opportunity to eliminate problems/situations as we move forward.
We have the potential to improve our well-being; however, do not make the mistake of expecting it to be a piece of cake.
Change always come at a price. What are we willing to do to achieve this peace?
And I close out by saying, we need what we need!
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