Today’s note will highlight tips for occupational wellness.
This area may be considered a challenge for those who experience chronic illness. If you are wondering what this occupational wellness stuff is all about, I am glad to point you in the right direction. First of all, let me begin by providing the definition of occupational wellness. It is the ability to achieve a balance between work and leisure time. Balance and chronic illness in the same breath is quite the mouthful.
I, too experience the pains of managing a life filled with a level of productivity. I would like to share some things that may be helpful for some of you.
Shift Your Focus
The most important thing I have learned is to shift my focus. What I mean by this is to shift your mental focus from consistency to productivity.
There will be times when your health presents as an unwelcome distraction. Do not be discouraged with the changes in your physical health. The changes may affect your ability to remain consistent but it will not take away the sense of pride you receive from contributing something meaningful.
Considering productivity, we want to look at areas in which we engage that increase our skills and knowledge. It is a great thing to take part in an event or activity that aligns with your interests.
If you are able to participate in local events or community based projects, go for it. The confidence you build is important and will help you to maintain a positive attitude on the days you need it most. Allow your focus to remain sensible and reflect patience.
The most significant element in achieving occupational wellness while experiencing chronic illness is to pursue an enjoyable outlet. You are not your circumstance and should not allow it to consume you. Life is about personal fulfillment and what matters to you as an individual.
The journey may be difficult. It may be unpredictable and look different than your peers. But achieving a balance that keeps you humble and inspired is all that matters.
And that is my note.
Thank you for your ears.