There are some compelling connections between good wellness and your overall productivity.
Whether you are a business owner, employee, freelancer, or stay-at-home parent, taking these associations into account may be of significant help to reap certain rewards. Honing in on good wellness in support of personal productivity can be great for the following:
- Help you to get things done
- Contribute to meaningful progress towards your goals
- Ultimately, lead to a more flawless journey from point A to B when it comes to your Achievements, Desired Outcomes, and other areas of Success
Implementers of workplace wellness offerings have been rather keen on this for years. Studies on these programs have observed improvements in various productivity measures across the workforce population that were enrolled. Also, positive changes were shown in both people considered healthy and sick, such as those with at least one chronic health condition.
As an individual, a proactive approach to wellness is certainly an area to consider for both personal health outcomes and productivity-related results.
Poorer health may interfere with the ability to function well. Furthermore, it can result in certain limitations. Although not all health conditions are within our immediate control, engaging in wellness programs and activities can help to prevent certain impairments in our health and well-being.
5 ways that good health and wellness can influence productivity include the following;
- Improved mental clarity and focus. People who are in good or better health tend to comment that they also feel better mentally. Also, certain activities and habits, such as physical activity, meditation, getting sufficient sleep, and eating well can help out our internal biochemistry and the brain which can lead to better memory, executive functioning, and overall cognition.
- Stress-reduction and reduced burnout. Wellness can also support people to learn coping mechanisms for when life puts on the pressure, especially considering that many people are juggling to maintain a good balance across priorities. The American Institute of Stress has been monitoring facets related to the onset of stress, including work-related factors. High-stress levels may lead to missed days at work, less focus while completing tasks, and a poorer outlook. Many health-related activities lead to reduced stress levels.
- Greater levels of happiness. Although complex, research suggests that “happy workers” feel more satisfied and are more productive. The exact path leading to someone’s happiness includes several factors, however, people participating in various health related-activities and wellness programs report a greater sense of well-being including overall happiness and a favorable outlook on life. Furthermore, more engagement in healthy activities may also reduce loneliness.
- Enhanced motivation and well-being. Health and wellness as a whole is a great area to plan, work for, track, and achieve goals. The function of this alone can encourage positive motivation which can have a bit of an amplification effect for other aspects of both productivity and positive well-being.
- Fewer unplanned interruptions due to illness. Better immune health can serve as a catalyst to avoid the onset of illnesses or, at least, reduce the severity. Certain good health practices can help to take a proactive approach to protect and boost the immune system.
Habits such as nourishing the body through good food, taking breaks for physical activity and social time, leaving time for creativity or creative thought, and getting enough quality sleep are all areas that make up “good wellness”. A more comprehensive list of suggestions is included in a Thrive Global article focused on correlations between well-being and higher performance.
Ashley L Arnold, MBA, MPH is a lifestyle health educator and coach who supports clients to channel authority over their health, well-being, and overall vitality. Offering health education approaches and 1-on-1 coaching modules, she gets them out of excess weeds of information and inconsistent practices that don’t get desired results. Through helping people focus on the right applications paired with appropriate consideration for bio-individual facets, they become stronger, more confident self-advocates for their health. Bottom line, they will surpass challenges, embrace healthful living with ease, and, best of all, feel a greater sense of empowerment and more energy!
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