Preventive Healthcare at Workplace: Challenges and how to tackle them

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A majority of working professionals today are living the most stressed and unhealthy lives. Cardiovascular disease is a major contributor to female mortality in India. Indians account for 60% of the world's heart disease burden, despite accounting for less than 20% of the world's population.

Preventive Measures - The way to go

When one is in such a pre-occupied state of functioning, it’s not always easy to notice the early signs of a chronic condition. That’s where preventive measures can go a long way in keeping oneself strong and healthy. 

A comprehensive preventive health check-up is the first step to help employees identify potential risk to chronic diseases and take necessary preventive actions. Overall analysis at a young age makes a better tomorrow, in every possible way.

A conscious effort for maintaining a healthier lifestyle is the need of the hour. This will not be easy, but women must prioritize themselves above everything as a healthy body and a healthy mind are a must for the multi-tasking working women.

Take a break

Downtime is absolutely non-negotiable when it comes to productivity. Various studies even highlight the importance of taking regular breaks, like “movement breaks,” which are designed to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and depression. 

The key is to recognize that working longer does not necessarily mean working better, and you’ll actually be doing yourself a big favor by taking a little break every hour or two to recharge your mental batteries.

Focus on Emotional Well-Being

One might often mistakenly think of mental health as mental illness, but there is more to mental health than not being ill. Mental health includes cognitive fitness, emotional well-being, adapting to life’s challenges, balancing multiple roles, and having fulfilling relationships with others and ourselves. 

Our mental health is influenced by many factors such as stress, hormones, life stages, life events, relationships, family and spirituality. Just as we can pursue physical fitness by taking care of our bodies, we can also pursue optimum mental health by taking care of our minds. 

Clock in and out on time 

For improving mental wellness, it is very crucial to take your start and finish times seriously. Overworking is a serious physical and mental drain on those who make it, and, ultimately, a waste of valuable time. 

Clock in on time and leave on time to make the most of your contracted hours and know when to call it a day. Drawing clear lines between personal and professional lives is essential for an effective work-life balance. 

Treat yourself

Last but certainly not the least, no matter what line of work you’re in, everyone deserves the gratification that comes with the occasional reward, and sometimes, it pays to be your own benefactor. 

Treats come in all shapes and sizes — some tangible, others abstract — but the important thing to remember is that everyone is different, and it’s about finding what gives you the emotional spring in your step that helps you get the job done. 

So, whether it’s indulging in a luxurious out-of-office lunch, going on a shopping spree, or stocking up on gourmet coffee products to see you through the working day, don’t stop treating yourself.