We at London Mobile Spa believe that our therapists’ wellbeing is vital, but we do understand that it can be a challenge. Let’s take a look at some of those challenges and various ways that they can be dealt with.
We spend so much of our time at work that it makes sense to look at the wellbeing within our workplace. Karl Thompson from revisesociology.comhas done some maths for us.
If the average work week is 39.2 hours, this means that we will roughly work 92,120 hours over our supposed 50 year career (come on lottery!). This translates to
- 14% of your total lifespan over the course of 76 years (hopefully we all surpass that!)
- 23.3% of your total time during the course of a 50 year working-life
- 35% of your total waking hours over a 50 year working-life period assuming 8 hours of sleep a night.
You get the gist. We spend a lot of time at work.
Therapists jobs are incredibly taxing both emotionally and physically. It doesn’t matter what type of therapy you deliver, they all require a significant amount of physical as well as mental input. Looking after our bodies is an important aspect as our bodies are the money makers (in the right sense of course!). The motto at London Mobile Spa is ‘Happy therapist, Happy spa, Happy client’. We believe this to be absolutely true.
What are the main challenges with wellness in the workplace?
- Lack of appreciation- whether that is from the business itself or from clients
- Long working hours- sometimes unavoidable
- Long distances to travel to work (therefore increasing time outside of the home)
- Workplace conflict with other staff members.
- Personal problems
It is easy to expect the responsibility for dealing with these issues to lie solely on the managers and owners, but it is important to remember that every staff member is responsible for morale and wellbeing within the business.
Here are a few ways to improve wellness within a work environment:
- Checking on a colleague who seems to be struggling can go a long way at building trusting and supportive environment- and have a positive impact on the whole team.
- Distances traveled are often long, as well as sometimes travelling to different locations. This time could be used productively- to assist with mental wellbeing. Downloading a meditation app for you to use or reading something you enjoy will help to set you up mentally for the day.
- Temp therapists- it is easy to get overworked and forget that a break is necessary. You decide how much you work and the importance of taking time off to revitalise can easily be forgotten. Knowing how much you need to earn over what you want to earn will allow you to take time off when needed. This is the beauty of temp work. This will avoid you cancelling shifts and make you more reliable.
- Physical injury: wrists, thumbs and back are common. Stretch before a shift to prepare your body and avoid injuries. Remember: use your knees, not your back and use your body not your strength.
- Dealing with “difficult clients” (let’s be polite) is part of the job. Remembering not to take it personally in cases where a client is unreasonable is key in surviving situations that could impact us emotionally at work. Keep an eye on your colleagues and offer support if they need it. Take/give criticism when it is necessary of course but keep it constructive.
- Try to create a positive personal daily routine for yourself. As boring as this sounds, it does wonders for calming your mind. Things like waking up early, doing some exercise, meditation or planning meals are all methods that will set you up for a more positive and efficient day.
As a therapist you make other people feel good all day, don’t forget about yourself. With that in mind, we offer a free massage to our appointed therapist of the month to show how much we appreciate you and all you do for us.
“Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.”
-Sir Richard Branson