Jan 312018

By Martha Robards

Occupational wellness, one of the eight aspects of wellness, is about enjoying your occupational endeavors and feeling like you are making a difference and contributing.

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Sometimes, however, occupational endeavors seem to be more about making a living and putting food on the table. There are times when enjoying our jobs and doing it just to have an income seem to collide.

If you don’t enjoy your current job, there are things you can do to help. You can try to find something that better suits you. To do that you have to know what suits you. You do have to take some time to get to know yourself and what you do and do not prefer. HINT: It takes time. Do what you can now, do the best you can where you are, be consistent and don’t give up. Your time will come.

Check Your Attitude

Sometimes simply changing our attitude about our own circumstances and position in our current jobs makes a big difference. Here are some tips to help you come up with ideas to make your current job more enjoyable:

  1. Get motivated to face the day to day. Do some positive self-talk. It’s okay.

  2. Keep your work in perspective. Do the best you can in your current situation, keeping the bigger picture in mind.

  3. Remember you are more than your work. You are not your job and your job is not you. It’s what you do.


Make a Change

If you are looking for a different occupational opportunity, take your time, do your research and stay employed while you do that. Side hustles (aka moonlighting) are as popular now as ever.

When you look for something to earn extra money, keep in mind that it will take time, energy and organization to pull this off. You can do it, but have a plan. Do research to fully understand what is involved. Think about:

  1. How much time will be involved?

  2. What is the learning curve?

  3. What kind of training does it provide?

  4. Is it a solid company?

  5. Will you work from home?

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Mainly, be persistent and consistent in your efforts. Don’t let things easily discourage you. There are aspects about every job, every side hustle – every day life, that are not necessarily fun. Get through it with a smile.

I finally found one that’s worked for me for awhile. I love it.

Martha is owner of RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com, a health and wellness website that promotes healthy lifestyles, ideas and products for physical, mental and emotional, financial and natural/spiritual wellness. Martha’s work consists of opening shopping accounts for an on-line wellness company (think Costco meets Amazon), presenting, speaking, mentoring and coaching and people building. You can reach Martha at 505-750-7847, by email at marthapmintl@gmail.com, on Facebook, here on LinkedIn, Twitter, or through her websites at RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com, here, here, or ProfessionalMentorsInternational.com. She’s not hard to find. For those in the Phoenix area, the next workshop will be on the topic of How To Make Your Home Non-toxic, February 20, 2018.

The photos in this article came from the TPNSystem.


Jan 082018

Everybody faces obstacles.  Everybody does.  The obstacle is the obstacle.  They happen.  But they can also be unique to each of us.  Silence your doubtful mind.  You can reach your physical health goals, mental and emotional health goals and financial health goals.

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Part of a healthy lifestyle is learning how to deal with the obstacles that can come up.  Sometimes people have trouble identifying the obstacle, and many times, that means their goals are not clear.  People get stuck thinking there is only one solution, which is almost always never the case.

What is your goal?  Identify your goal clearly, then you can determine if something is getting in the way of you reaching your goal.  If your goal is to exercise everyday at 5:00 pm, but you don’t get off work until 4:45 and it takes you twenty minutes to get to your gym, adjust the time you get off work,  or revise the goal to be at the gym at 5:15.  This is a simplified example, but you get the idea.

Identify the obstacle.  Is the obstacle something you have no control over, or something you created yourself, like a bad habit. In an article in Psychology Today, there is a quote that says, “The obstacle is the path.”  – Zen Proverb.  Identify the obstacle, then turn it around.

Think of at least three solutions.  There is usually more than one solution to overcoming the obstacle.  There are options. What are they?  Start writing them down, and more will come to your mind.   In the example above, there are already two solutions.

Keep working on these things.  Every day, think of your goals, keep them clear, and it will be easier to overcome obstacles.


 Posted by on January 8, 2018 at 6:47 pm