Health and Wellbeing
Dealing with new challenges, problems or exciting possibilities becomes more difficult if your health is poor.
When coaching people who are facing the impacts of redundancy, our first focus is on the well-being of the person. It is too easy to get caught in a downward spiral. How can you help yourself and your family if you aren’t looking after yourself?
The safety advice we are given on an aeroplane says the same; put on your own oxygen mask before helping others, as you are no use to anyone if you are overcome by fumes.
Our emphasis is on prevention rather than waiting to cure ailments.
- Are you feeling stressed?
- Is your sleep being interrupted?
- How much are you exercising?
- Are you over weight and by how much?
- Do you smoke?
- How much alcohol do you drink?
- When was your last medical check-up?
- Do you know your blood pressure levels?
Are you honest with yourself about these issues? We will be prompting you to consider you physical and mental health. Whether you take action after identifying concerns will be up to you.
Do you suffer because of emotional strain? Do you know what is causing it? Are there several factors at the same time? If you do, you need a number of things: support, direction and hope are three of them. We are here to help, ask good questions, and help you identify the positive aspects of the situation and actions to take.
For most people unemployment is a threat to their way of life. There may be a loss of identity and status. It may cause financial difficulties. There may be issues caused by knock-backs in the job hunt processes. Inevitably, the impact has the potential to affect the individual and the family.
Very few people want a job just for the money but many have jobs which solely provide income. Who wouldn’t want an occupation which stimulates, interests or satisfies them? Two-thirds of people in employment are unsatisfied; they are hardly likely to bounce out of bed in the morning.
Beyond boredom is the emotional weight of stress that comes from being in a job which you loathe. The clock moves slowly, the focal point of the day is home time and productivity is low. But you may be caught in the secure income, the logistics of life, in the compromise of your existence.
Many of us find a job, become competent and accept the inevitability of doing it until someone says stop. We can rationalise our fate to avoid confronting it and taking action. So, we lie back and think of the hours outside of the workplace. It is never too late to change. Change to what?
How many of us have the career we thirst for? Who has turned down opportunities due to our family circumstances? Falling short of our career aspirations due to making compromises may cause stress. It may have been in our own hands but it slipped passed us and not there is only frustration and regret.
Do you do enough? Is enough really enough? Do you stroll when, for it to be effective, it needs to be a vigorous walk? Is taking the dog out a matter of you standing still and throwing a ball? Is your gym membership a convenient sop or do you go frequently? How can you stretch yourself?
More than a third of UK adults do next to no exercise, despite the huge benefits it offers for health, wellbeing and general energy levels. But if you know you need more exercise, why not start the easy way?
As a member of Work Horizons you can choose to add the Health Extras service from Westfield Health, giving you access to valuable services to help support your emotional wellbeing.