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That way you can keep working vitally

In recent years, the term 'vitality' has received a lot of attention. Employers are investing more and more in the vitality of their employees, and thus in their sustainable employability: they are better and longer able to grow with their company, position or range of tasks. But what exactly does vitality mean? And what does it actually do for you to be vital?

 What is Vitality?

Vitality has been compared to physical fitness, but it is more than that. It says something about the strength and energy with which you physically, mentally and emotionally live your life. Vitality revolves around three core concepts:

  • Energy: how energetic do you feel?
  • Motivation: are you able to set goals for yourself and achieve them?
  • Resilience: how do you deal with ups and downs?

Why is vitality important to you?

We've all been there before: you start a new job full of fresh courage and energy, but gradually you get the feeling that you are behind the times. For example, because you try to create a balance between your work and private life. You try to deal with everything that comes with your phase of life - such as a change in family composition or physical discomfort due to old age - but you also need to be able to fully focus on work. This can cause considerable tension.

That is why it is important to develop your physical, emotional and mental freedom. Do you want to work on your vitality? Then you can get started in different areas: think of mental, physical, social and spiritual. Your lifestyle is the easiest to start with. This allows you to work on your energy, resilience and motivation.

Five tips to improve your vitality

Eat healthy
It sounds cliché, but the effect of a healthy diet is far-reaching. A healthy diet has a lower risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease and depression. Healthy food is an important basis for a vital life.

2. Fight stress
Too much or long-term stress is not good for your vitality. For example, it increases the risk of heart disease and your memory works less well. Therefore, make sure you have enough relaxation in your life and make time for things you enjoy.

3. Get enough exercise
Little exercise and a lot of sitting increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and depression. But your cognitive performance also deteriorates if you do not exercise enough. Physical movement gives you energy, is motivating and increases your resilience. So make time for a sport that you enjoy or take the bike more often.

Get enough sleep
A good night's sleep is important for a more vital life. Try to go to bed on time and don't watch screens too much just before going to bed.

5. Make priorities
Make a list of your six priorities, and devote your time and attention to them. This way you get your goals clear and you are more motivated to achieve them. It also brings structure to your life.

Role of your employer

Your employer plays an important role in your vitality and can help you to live a healthy life. He must ensure that your work is not harmful to your health. That is why employers work with a Risk Inventory and Evaluation (RI&E) and a concrete action plan to identify and resolve health risks. In addition, your employer can create incentives to live a healthy life. For example, by installing adjustable desks, installing a central water cooler or offering healthy choices in the company restaurant.

Want to know more?

Do you have questions about vitality or this article? Please do not hesitate to contact our Service Center. We are available every working day from 8.00 a.m. to 18.00 p.m. via sc@unie.nl and 0345 851 963.

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