Vocational Wellness often seems hard to wrap one’s head around, particularly because this Wellness Model is often used in Long Term Care settings where most clients are retired. However, your vocation is what you are called to do. Sometimes this relates to one’s job or one’s occupation. But it can also refer to an attitude one has when engaging in a task or activity, or what one believes his or her higher calling to be.
Music can be a vocation, or it can address vocational wellness. Relaxing to music can promote self-care and decrease burnout. Playing music can occupy time and become a newly developed skill. Listening to music during a work task can make workers more efficient and the task become less tedious.
To enhance your vocational wellness, you can:
1. Create a playlist to accompany your workday. Lyrics can be distracting, which can be useful if your job requires physical labor or repetition. However, if your job requires thinking, processing, or other involved cognitive tasks, instrumental music might be a better choice.
2. Take music lessons or join a choir. Learning a new instrument, or practicing one you are proficient on, can help keep your brain sharp, give you sense of purpose, and provide other physical, cognitive, and social benefits.
3. Play or listen to music that helps you relax. Blow off steam by belting out a song on your commute home or change your mood by listening to something relaxing. Having good stress management techniques can help you prevent burnout at work and at home.
- What is Wellness?
- Physical Wellness
- Intellectual Wellness
- Emotional Wellness
- Social Wellness
- Spiritual Wellness