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Wellness is defined as the condition of good physical, mental and emotional health, especially when maintained by an appropriate diet, exercise, and other lifestyle modifications. But more importantly, Wellness is a multi-dimensional state of being describing the existence of positive health in an individual as exemplified by quality of life and a sense of well-being.

Wellness is not merely the absence of disease. It is not a passive or static state but rather a dynamic and conscious development of the whole self. Wellness is associated with intentions, choices, and actions leading toward an optimal state of well-being so that instead of surviving, you are thriving. So, it is time to change your habits to change your life.

Commit To & Believe In Yourself

Self Journal + You = More Goals Achieved
Studies have shown that the simple act of writing down a goal increases your chances of reaching it. However, writing it down is only the first step. The most important part is defining the milestones and creating the path that will get you there.

According to the World Health Association (WHO), most people spend 1/3 of their adult life at work. Assuming another 1/3 of their adult life is spent sleeping (if they’re getting enough sleep), this is really a lot of time! Therefore, understanding what occupational wellness is, why it’s important, and how you can improve it is vital to your workplace happiness.

What is Occupational and Financial Wellness

First you must understand that occupational wellness is one dimension, and many outlets consider financial wellness as an eight dimension.  But for purposes of my outline, I have combined occupational and financial wellness into this episode, because I feel that you can’t achieve one without the other.

Occupational wellness involves preparing and making use of your gifts, skills, and talents to gain purpose, happiness, and enrichment in your life. The development of occupational satisfaction and wellness is related to your attitude about your work. Achieving optimal occupational wellness allows you to maintain a positive attitude and experience satisfaction and pleasure in your employment. Occupational wellness means successfully integrating a commitment to your occupation into a total lifestyle that is satisfying and rewarding.

Occupational wellness has to do with maximizing your workplace happiness by focusing on work that brings you a sense of joy, satisfaction, and accomplishment. It can be achieved by exploring various career pathways and successfully managing working place stressors.

While financial wellness is the process of learning how to best manage your money. This includes things like your expenses, personal finances, and investments. In can be achieved by gaining a strong understanding of where your money comes from like you occupation as well as how you spend, save, and invest it.

Financial wellness is how our finances contribute to our overall wellness. It is the healthy relationship between your goals and your financial obligations. When someone is struggling financially, all aspects of their wellness are affected.

Topics may include building a budget, meal planning, and healthy living on a budget.

How can you improve occupational wellness?

The first thing, setting professional goals is one of the best ways to improve your occupational wellness. Whether broad or specific, when you write down career goals, you’re much more likely to work with a purpose and follow through with them.

  • Explore a variety of career options
  • Create a vision for your future
  • Choose a career that suits your personality, interests and talents
  • Think about the types of work that brings you joy and satisfaction
  • Set career goals that foster positive growth and professional development
  • Be open to change and learn new skills
  • Establish strong workplace habits to maximize productivity
  • Schedule time for innovative thinking and professional development
  • Attend industry conventions

 

Commit to maintaining a strong work-life balance and always living in the present. In other words, learn to turn work off! This includes making time for hobbies, social activities, and vacations.

  • Establishing a good work/life balance to avoid burn out
  • Building strong relationships with co-workers, colleagues, and executives in your industry

Here are some strategies to enhance your financial wellness:

  • Stop spending more money than you have
    • Use cash instead of debit or credit to avoid spending more than you anticipate
  • Pay off your credit cards each month
  • Build up an emergency fund
  • Create and following a personal budget
    • Save money by cooking your own meals, less eating out
    • Create a weekly budget for things like food, entertainment, and money to put away
    • Utilize sale flyers or online coupon mobile applications when making a purchase
  • Set both short-term and long-term financial goals
  • Manage your credit score, creditkarma.com is free.
  • Pay off your student loans
    • Make use of scholarships and grant applications
  • Shop for sales and purchase private-label brand products
  • Practice self-care that does not cost a lot of money (hiking, potlucks, games nights, etc.).
  • Invest in your retirement through tax-efficient investments, but remember to consult with a financial professional to get your personal finances on track

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