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The Connection Between Physical and Emotional Well-being

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How you feel in your body and control your emotions has a huge impact on your work performance and quality, and on your relationships with colleagues. Physical and emotional health helps you perform at your best in handling the events of your day, coping with challenges, and striving towards important goals.

Luckily, physical and emotional well-being are skills that anyone can learn. According to a neuroscientist at his Center of Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, happiness can be learned to cultivate healthier habits for the body and mind.

Investing in training that teaches skills to manage physical and emotional health can help employees improve their ability to handle stress, adapt to change and prevent burnout.

What is physical health?

Whether employees work in a sales floor, warehouse, or office, their jobs have inherent health risks. Long periods of sitting, poor desk posture, all-day keyboard work, and grueling work schedules can lead to physical illnesses that force employees to exercise, sleep, and avoid regular doctor visits. It interferes with your ability to see a doctor and increases your chances of getting sick.

Physical fitness means doing the physical activity you need, eating a nutritious diet, getting enough sleep, and maintaining a healthy weight. When employees are healthy and feel good, they are more likely to perform their best and are less likely to miss work.

Examples of how organizations can improve the physical health of their employees include:

  • Take regular breaks during working hours
  • Encourage employees to stretch during long meetings and schedule walking meetings
  • Make a standing desk optional
  • Avoid a culture of workaholism that forces employees to work long hours
  • Encourage employees to take vacation, sick leave, and schedule doctor’s appointments
  • Invest in pre and post work employee exercise, yoga and aerobics classes
  • Encourage employees to take the stairs instead of the elevator and bring healthy snacks and lunches into the office.

What is emotional health?

When employees are stressed at work, it can interfere with their ability to perform their jobs. Emotionally hurt people lose sleep, are late to work, perform poorly at work, have more conflicts with their peers, and are less receptive to criticism.

According to the American Psychological Association, emotional health helps us control our thoughts, emotions and behavior, put problems in perspective, bounce back from setbacks, cope with challenges, and stay engaged and motivated at work. .

Examples of ways organizations can improve the mental health of their employees include:

  • Raise awareness of available emotional health benefits and resources such as mental health counseling, addiction counseling and encourage their use
  • Allowing employees to take “mental health days” in the same way employees take time off for physical illness or family emergencies
  • Confronting stigma and microaggressions that can send subtle messages of disappointment to workers with depression and anxiety
  • Practicing deep breathing, yoga, and meditation while you work can help you relax, de-stress, and be more alert
  • Multitasking can greatly increase stress, frustration, effort, and pressure, leaving employees with less energy to manage their attention, productivity, and emotions.

Physical and emotional health are fundamentally related

A person’s physical health can affect their emotional state and vice versa.

Aggressive dietary changes, exercise, and avoidance of substance abuse can help boost physical health, raise levels of good cholesterol, improve circulation and immunity, and reduce illness.National Alliance on Mental Illness Employees who do not practice healthy physical activity are at higher risk of depression, with one in five adults (52.9 million) suffering from depression, according to the study.

Conversely, a person’s emotional health can affect their physical health. Symptoms of emotional distress may manifest as stomach pain, muscle cramps, or headaches. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that poor mental health can also lead to depression and significantly increase the risk of chronic physical health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke. increase.

Helping Employees Find the Optimal Balance of Physical and Emotional Well-Being Employers maximize outcomes from employees with the ability to manage change, respond to challenges and stay resilient. can be obtained.

To learn more about how to implement a health and wellness program, join Traliant for a free 60-minute webinar. “Addressing Employee Burnout and Psychological Safety: A Multifaceted Approach to Mental Health and Wellness” Thursday, February 16, 2:00 PM ET. click here Reserve your seat for the webinar.

Triant Insight

Physical and emotional well-being influence daily work behavior, productivity and relationships. Fostering a wellness culture that teaches employees how to optimize their physical and emotional well-being can help organizations improve performance and retention and reduce insurance costs.

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