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Rachel's Edit: Top Tips for Putting Wellbeing First at Work

While we have a hybrid system in place at Ouma, I often find working from home can be both a blessing and a curse. While it offers the flexibility of being able to work in my own space on my own terms, it can also lead to feelings of isolation, and often I end up burning out quickly.

After experiencing this feeling of isolation and burnout for some time, I've discovered a few ways I can take care of my wellbeing while working. Here are my wellbeing tips, for working from the office or from home.

Take regular breaks

Sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods of time can be mentally and physically draining. Make sure to take regular breaks throughout the day to stretch your legs, get some fresh air or simply step away from your work for a few minutes.

Screen brightness

While working at the computer or staring at a mobile phone, remember to adjust the brightness of your screen to suit your surroundings; sitting in the dark with the brightness on 100% can damage your retinas and cause serious eyestrain leading to headaches and eye pain.

Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness practices such as meditation or deep breathing can help reduce stress and improve focus. There are many apps and online resources available that can guide you through mindfulness exercises. As I'm new to meditation and breathing exercises, I personally like to use the Balance meditation app.

Stay connected with your colleagues

Even if you are working from home, make an effort to stay connected with your colleagues. This can be done through regular video calls, WhatsApp groups or online chats. At Ouma we use the Slack communication channel and have regular video calls during our periods of working from home. I've recently introduced a new wellbeing channel on Slack where the team share tips, affirmations, quotes and activities that they have found useful for supporting their mental and physical health.

Prioritise sleep

For me, this is certainly easier said than done, and something I have always struggled with. However, having a good night sleep can certainly reduce fatigue and irritability (Ross will agree, I'm sure), and help to improve productivity. I've recently implemented a new rule of 'no screen time at least one hour before going to sleep', and I use this time to wind-down in low-lighting.

Get moving

Regular exercise can help to reduce stress and improve overall wellbeing. A short walk or yoga session can have a big impact on your mood and energy levels. During the dry weather days I take a stroll through the local parks with Ross. This time is sacred to us, it's a great opportunity for us both to decompress and catch-up with each other.

Reach out for support

If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed, it’s important to reach out for support. This can be in the form of talking to a colleague, a friend, or a professional. I have a marvellous business leadership coach, Cora Darlington, who is on hand whenever I need a little extra support, she also provides 1:1 wellbeing and mental health sessions for our team.

By incorporating these tips into your daily routine, you can help to improve your wellbeing and reduce the risk of burnout at work. Remember to be kind to yourself and take time to prioritise your mental and physical health.


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