As we transition back into the office this Fall, workplace wellness will probably be at the forefront of Human Resources’ mind. Studies actually show a boost in overall productivity and morale when organizations focus on workplace wellness.
As we have begin learning how to find our new normal, wellness and self-care is becoming a top priority in our lives.
Taking care of yourself pays off today and positively impacts your future. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle including limiting alcohol use and integrating greens into your diet can increase your lifespan according to John Hopkins Medicine.
Here is how maintaining a healthy lifestyle can improve your quality of life:
Lowers the Risk of Illnesses
According to the CDC, scheduling yearly health screenings can add years to your life through the early detection of bodily illness and diseases. Screenings for cholesterol, prostate, diabetes, and mammograms have been shown to catch pre or even early stages of diseases, while they are still treatable. Having a doctor who knows your health history can be good for early detection as well. Note: If you have a hard time remembering to schedule your annual screenings try to make appointments near your birthday. This ensures you don’t forget to get your yearly screens.
Prevents Chronic Stress
From your daily commute to and from work to home life responsibilities, stress can often feel unavoidable. Learning how to reduce stress can help lessen the chances of getting heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in America according to the CDC.
In order to reduce stress, it may be helpful to practice activities you enjoy such as reading, walking, or deep breathing, as explained by the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Being aware of what is in your control, and letting go of what is not can be game-changing when it comes to preventing chronic stress. Then choosing what you give your physical and mental energy to can become your focus.
Setting SMART health goals
Dreams become goals when we set intentions and S.M.A.R.T goals! S.M.A.R.T. ( Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely) Goals need to be S.M.A.R.T to be attainable. Studies show goal setting personal and professional goals has the ability to support personal fulfillment. Designing a healthy fulfilling life doesn’t just happen by accident. Our lives are composed of a series of choices sometimes planned or spontaneous by which we build the life we have always dreamed for ourselves. Goals are the compass in which we lead our lives and set daily intentions.