Occupational Wellness: Finding Your Path

I stumbled across this little piece of research the other day from Lawson and Myers (2011)

Burnout:  chronic strain from insufficient resources and excessive demands or incongruence between individuals and the work they do. Results can manifest physically and emotionally

Your well-being is more than just the nutrients you use to fuel your body and the exercise. Everything you do affects your well-being, including where you are at for 40+ hours a week.

Knowing all the factors in well-being is vital and important when trying to improve your well-being. This article that I read (I’ll put the citation at the end of this posts) actually used a 5 factor wellness scale which measured 17 discrete wellness factors over 91 questions.

Wellness is so much more than eating healthy and exercising. Take a moment today to anaylze your occupational wellness. I’m not really sure what I’m advocating for right here but there is probably at least one thing at work that you could change that could improve your well-being. Maybe making sure you take a full hour lunch break or in the afternoon you get out a take a quick walk to clear your head. Maybe you make some headway on that big project that has been sitting on your desk or you just declutter your desk (or inbox) to make your life a little less stressful and improve your well-being.

I’ll try to see if I can get some sample questions from Lawson and Myers.


Lawson, G. & Myers, J.E. (2011). Wellness, professional quality of life, and career sustaining behaviors:  What keeps us well? Journal of Counseling and Development, 89, 163-171.

P.S. Kalyn I’m working on the social wellness piece, should have that up by the end of the week.

P.P.S If you have any requests, leave them in a comment so I can research some stuff and write up a piece for you

P.P.P.S I’m looking for a good wellness journal to subscribe too so I can get up-to-date wellness research and present it to you. If you have any recommendations, please let me know!

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