View from the Chairside: October, Healthy Workplace Month
By Dr. Lesia Waschuk
Dr. Waschuk is a Toronto dentist with a certificate in creative writing and an interest in narrative medicine, which is the discipline and practice of writing about illness and recovery and the health care encounter from both the provider’s and the patient’s point of view. In this space, Lesia will be writing about wellness and sharing articles and links to resources on health-related topics.
Did you know that October 10 is World Mental Health Day? And that October is Healthy Workplace Month?
The slogan for this national initiative is Workplace Wellness Fosters Healthy Minds. The tagline for week 2 is Healthy minds need healthy bodies. Click here for 20 ideas for what you and your staff could do to start making your dental workplace healthier today.
Think about how easy it would be to do any of the following (maybe you already do, and know how much better it makes you feel). Take a stretch break when you can. Go for a short walk, even a few blocks, on your way to work, at lunch, or on your way home. Take a few deep breaths, adjust your chair and check your working posture periodically during the day. Get up and move around between patients or activities.
What are the ways in which you fit exercise and movement into your workday?