6 principles to improve your well-being at work

In France, the INRS (National Institute for Research and Safety), whose main mission is the “prevention of accidents at work and occupational diseases”, defines well-being at work as “a general feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment in and through work that goes beyond the absence of damage to health”.

And yes, life in a company is not always easy… This is why, in this article, we share with you 6 essential principles, on which you have a real lever of action (because they only depend on you!), and which will allow you, we hope, to improve your daily professional life!

Of course, you cannot change everything on your own. Your well-being at work also depends on many other external factors: your management, your colleagues, the user-friendliness services set up by the company, the corporate culture, etc.

1 Work mindfully

Be totally present in what you are doing, here and now. Why such advice? Quite simply because sources of distraction and interruptions are now an integral part of our work environment… And even worse if you are in an open space! It is indeed difficult not to be distracted by a colleague, an informal meeting next to you, alerts from your mailbox or your mobile phone…

You must therefore try to be totally present at your task, attentive, efficient, concentrated. In a word: “present”. As you will see, being “present” (actually present) then becomes a means of dealing with any problem, any distraction, any stress. This allows everything else to fade away, leaving just you and what you have to do!

How to be in this state of consciousness that will undoubtedly change your feelings at work? Well it’s very simple: whatever you do, learn to concentrate completely on your current task. Even if many thoughts cross your mind, always come back to what you are doing at the moment T. Stay “present” and focused.

2 Take the time to recharge your batteries

It is also essential to take the time to recharge your batteries. For this, take a few minutes just for you, at different times of the day. This will allow you to return to a satisfactory level of energy, well-being and comfort.

How to do ? Well, quite simply by “unplugging” your brain for a few minutes a day. Disconnect by breathing deeply. No doubt, conscious and controlled breathing provides many benefits such as stress reduction. Indeed, where jerky breathing amplifies stress, deep abdominal breaths help slow the heart rate and stabilize blood pressure!

3 Do not neglect sports activities

Like an automatic watch, if our body no longer moves, it is because it no longer functions… This is why it is also essential not to abandon physical activities!

So you’re going to tell me that if you’re at the office, it’s not easy to do physical activities… Well that’s not quite true… In fact, there are very simple tips that will allow you to get your body moving , even during a busy working day. For example, when you have a phone call to make, take the opportunity to get up and walk around a bit. When visiting a colleague, take the stairs, not the elevator…etc.

Another office tip: stop delegating! Do not ask your colleague to go get your lunch because he frequents the same bakery, ask the intern to make your photocopies for you. No, get moving, you will only be more efficient afterwards!

4 Do not always try to be right

Even when you are convinced that you are right, it is not necessarily very useful to try to impose your point of view on others, especially in the professional environment. Or rather, you should avoid doing it systematically…

Indeed, demonstrating to others that you are right is by definition demonstrating to them that they were wrong… So if you do it systematically (whether you are wrong or right for that matter), you might as well tell yourself that you are not going not make many friends among your colleagues.

Exceptions to this rule: if you enjoy passing for the 1st in the class, if it makes you happy to pass for the “Mr. Know-It-All”, if you like to feel superior to your colleagues (or if you literally feel superior to your colleagues), if you are a careerist and if you want to move up the corporate hierarchy, etc. So yes, in these cases, you can continue to try to be systematically right. Just know that among your colleagues, you will quickly run out of friends. On the other hand, you will probably have many subordinates…

If you are not in this “careerist” perspective which consists of “rolling over these colleagues”, you will therefore rather not try to systematically impose your point of view on the members of your team…

5 Don’t try to compare yourself

Also stop comparing yourself to others, it’s probably one of the most radical ways to find yourself in tune with yourself. Besides, you cannot compare what you are inside with what others send back from the outside…

Whenever you’re tempted to compare yourself to a co-worker, remind yourself that you’re probably totally different in your life goals. The only valid criterion for success is that of your personal success.

Do you spend time doing a job you love? With people you love? And who allows you to live with dignity? If so, don’t worry about what other people are doing. Better yet, the only person you need to compare yourself to is the person you were yesterday or last year. Only this comparison makes sense if you want to evolve and improve!

6 Don’t think it’s impossible: do it!

Affirming that such and such a thing is “impossible” is very often the result of a devaluation of one’s strengths, assets and know-how. And if you think it’s impossible, you’ll never get there. Conversely, if you think it’s possible, at least you have a chance…

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