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In-Office well-being: Taking care of physical and mental health while at work

Neelam Rahim | neelam@radioislam.co.za

3-minute read
12 December 2023 | 14:47 CAT

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As the year winds down, many of us may feel drained, yet it’s a strategic time to cultivate practices ensuring sustained energy and performance in the coming year.

In an interview with Radio Islam International, General Manager at The Independent Institute of Education, Peter Kriel, sheds light on the often overlooked ‘in-office’ practices that positively contribute to self-care, which compound over time and may significantly impact a person’s quality of life.

“As year-end nears, most people are tired, and the holiday break cannot come soon enough. But 2024 and a fresh year of work is not far behind the break, so this is the time to think about implementing in-office practices that will ensure you maintain your energy and can give your work and personal life your all in the new year,” Kriel said.

He says while building those habits that support mental and physical well-being outside of work is important, the 8 hours plus of our workday should also be harnessed to ensure optimal and ongoing well-being to avoid burnout.

“While the specific in-office self-care habits can vary from person to person, there are some fundamental ones that successful people employ to improve both their personal well-being and their performance as leaders and managers,” Kriel pointed out.

The most important habit to develop is effective time management, says Kriel.

“Effective time management is a critical self-care habit. Successful leaders often use time management techniques, like prioritising tasks, setting boundaries, and delegating, to avoid burnout and maintain a healthy work-life balance. Procrastination is the main enemy of good time management practices and ultimately adds to stress levels,” Kriel added.

Listen to the full interview on Radio Islam’s podcast with Presenter Annisa Essack.

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