Exploring Occupational and Social Wellness


Most of us spend the majority of our week working and/or socializing. Your occupation and social interactions are both pieces of your wellness puzzle. Not only can they both be rewarding, but they can also be very stressful too. Occupational wellness in particular deals primarily with how satisfied you feel regarding your career choice(s). Are you engaging in work that makes you feel excited and passionate? Or do you dread your days and come home stressed out and tired? Being able to participate in work that is personally gratifying allows you to communicate your values- which strengthens other areas of wellness, like emotional and even spiritual. If you're discovering that your current occupation doesn't spark much joy in your life, then take the opportunity to step back and reevaluate your occupational wellness.

When you embark on the route to occupational wellness, you will discover what occupational opportunities are out there and which opportunities suit you best. Maintaining occupational wellness allows you to develop unique skills and talents that are both personally and professionally rewarding. To begin your journey, start by reflecting on yourself and your occupational needs. What occupational tasks do you enjoy? What occupational tasks do you dislike? Next, explore some volunteer opportunities that interest you. Finally, set realistic career goals for yourself and consistently work towards accomplishing these goals. You deserve to feel good about your work. Similarly, you deserve to feel good about your social interactions as well.

Although you may have plenty of social interaction at work, your social wellness includes all the relationships in your life and how they either fuel you by being healthy or drain you by being toxic. Having a strong sense of social wellness means you have positive relationships that are rooted in strong boundaries. These relationships also help to increase your self-esteem and confidence and offer a support net when life gets tough. They also consistently teach you how to be an active listener and supporter in other people's lives.

As you begin your route to social wellness, you will discover that you have the power to shape your relationships. But, you have to start inward first. Reflect on yourself and your social needs. What aspects of your social life do you enjoy? What parts would you like to improve? Make an effort to keep in touch with supportive friends and family. Participate in group discussions and practice active listening. Join a club or organization that is meaningful to you to start forming new relationships. These are just some of the things you can start doing to improve your social wellness. But, keep in mind with any dimension of wellness that the journey is very personal and will look different for everyone.

As you move forward on your very personal wellness journey, focus on yourself, your core needs/wants, and your values as your foundation and use that as a guide to improve your overall wellness in each dimension.

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