First of all, what is Wellbeing?
Wellbeing is described in the Oxford English Dictionary as “the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy“.
The mental health charity Mind states that “Mental well-being describes your mental state – how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day-to-day life“.
Maintaining a good level of Wellbeing in our lives is difficult enough, but at work, it can be a big issue on its own. But what about when we’re thinking about changing our future career? What about all the stresses and strains that are associated with such a big move?
This article will help you understand what wellbeing is, why it’s essential, and how to look after yourself. This is especially important when going through the sometimes quite stressful activity of looking for a new career and the complications that can arise.
How are we doing as a nation?
The Office for National Statistics publishes some interesting information on wellbeing in the UK. Its report ‘Personal well-being in the UK: April18 to March 19’ states since 2013, the UK had experienced a 5.3% decrease in anxiety ratings and a 3.4% increase in happiness ratings. Incidentally, the best places in the UK for both are Orkney and Shetland Islands in Scotland.
How does poor well-being manifest itself?
Poor wellbeing at work can manifest itself in several ways. See the infographic below.
Is my lack of wellbeing the cause of me wanting to change my job in the first place?
This could actually be true. Do any of the points above relate to you? We spend so much time at work, wellbeing has become a hot topic for debate over the past few years. When we’re happy, our productivity increases. We take fewer days off, our relationships with colleagues improve, and we don’t dread Monday mornings (or at least as much as we could too).
Dissatisfaction with work (let’s face it we spend an enormous amount of time there) can often be one of the factors driving our desire to change career and also better ourselves at the same time.
What do you need to do to keep our career search manageable?
So, you’ve decided to change your career. That’s an excellent first step. But how do you do this without having a meltdown. After all, trying to juggle looking for a new career and maintain some form level of performance at our existing organisation isn’t going to be easy.
Once you’ve decided to make the move and you’ve found some career options to look at in more detail, you need to make sure you follow some basic rules. Take a look at some suggestions below.
Plan what you need to do and by when
So, for example, take the Career Fancy route and at least get an idea of what careers you need to be concentrating on to investigate further. Have a time frame for what you plan to do. Whether it be to contact your local college, look at potential vacancies or seek further information and advice from a relevant professional body, having a plan really helps you feel in control of your future.
Change your routine
Is it possible to change your routine at work? Even taking a different route to work can be enough to shake things up enough to keep you going for a while.
What makes you happy?
Concentrate on things that make you happy. If binge-watching series on TV does it for you, then do a bit more of it (temporarily of course) to keep your wellbeing levels up.
Avoid those who bring you down
Do certain colleagues or other people get you down? Then try and avoid them as much as possible. Not always feasible, I know, but if it is possible, then it’s definitely worth trying.
Look after your body
Eat well, drink less and take more exercise. This always helps. Exercise is well known for lifting peoples’ moods. Even a brisk 20-minute walk at lunchtime will help.
Get a good night’s sleep. Pretty obvious but cutting down on late-night video games, for example, can have a really positive effect on your mood for the following day.
Remember why you’re doing this. Because you want a better future for yourself and your family.
So, there you go – some hints about how you can look after your wellbeing and keep yourself sane at the same time. Changing your career is not an easy task at the best of times, especially if you are having to work at the same time. But at least you know where to start if you’re desperate for ideas. At Career Fancy, we can help start you on the journey by support your search for that new career idea. See how here.
And one last point. Not all our problems stem from work. Sometimes they will be personal in nature. Don’t be afraid to seek professional help, perhaps from your company’s Employer Assist Facility, or a local counseller if that isn’t available. Unless checked, a constant low level of wellbeing from whatever source can morph into something more serious such as abuse of drink or drugs and even depression.
Be good to yourself!