How do Dr John Lim and Dr Evelyn Boon practise what they preach? What are their tips to help you make your health a priority for a happier, more fulfilling life? John is Head of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and co-chairs the Workplace Health Promotion committee. Evelyn is Head of Psychology and Chair of SGH Mental Well-Being Committee.

John shares…
“Why Health truly is Wealth”

Consider this: we spend most of our waking hours at work. It's only logical to ensure that this environment supports our well-being. That's precisely what our Workplace Health Promotion committee strives for - a workplace that nurtures health and vitality, fostering happier and more productive employees. 

Now, let's address the prevalent issue of a sedentary lifestyle and an aging workforce. Many of us grapple with conditions like high BMI, blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol levels. But here's the secret sauce - even minimal exercise yields remarkable benefits. It's not just about preventing chronic diseases; it's about feeling fantastic inside and out. Exercise enhances my sleep, fortifies my bones and muscles, and works wonders for my mood, thanks to those feel-good endorphins. Not forgetting regular health screenings and healthier eating habits. Detecting issues early can be a game-changer.

So, how can you stay active? 

Tap into SGH's offerings - from Yoga and Pilates to Zumba. And if structured workouts aren't your thing, fret not! Opt for the stairs over the elevator or take a stroll during your lunch break. Every little effort counts. 

Yet, it's not solely about physical health. Mental well-being matters too. 

Evelyn shares…
“Why Mental Well-Being Matters”

To me, it's about more than just feeling okay; it's about feeling good and functioning at your best. Picture this: when you're mentally well, you're better equipped to handle stress, be productive, and unleash your full potential. It's a game-changer, especially in the workplace. 

Now, let's talk about the elephant in the room - mental health misconceptions. It's time to debunk these myths once and for all. Mental health issues don't discriminate based on age, gender, or status. And let's get one thing straight - seeking treatment doesn't make you weak. In fact, it's a sign of strength and resilience. 

So, how does physical activity tie into all of this? Well, let me tell you - it's a powerhouse for mental health. Exercise isn't just about sweating it out; it's about releasing tension, boosting mood, and kicking stress to the curb. Personally, I've always turned to physical activity during high-stress periods, whether it's running or sparring (martial arts). It's like hitting the reset button for my mind. 

Here at SGH, we've got plenty of initiatives to keep you moving. From exercise classes to interest groups, there's something for everyone. And hey, if exercise isn't your thing, that's okay too. Find what fills your cup - whether it's spending time with loved ones or pursuing hobbies. Don't forget to unplug from the digital world sometimes. 
Trust me, your brain will thank you for it. 

Tips for you:

  1. Join Interest GroupsExplore SGH's interest groups for opportunities to stay active and connect with colleagues who share your interests.
  2. Attend Health Screenings: Schedule health screenings to detect potential health issues early and take proactive measures.
  3. Take Active and Mental Breaks: Integrate short walks or stair climbing into your daily routine to maintain physical activity and enhance mental well-being during work hours.
  4. Prioritize Mental Health: Practise self-check-ins and self-compassion to prioritize mental well-being. Engage in activities that recharge you. Talk about it. It’s okay not to be okay.
  5. Check out Staff Well-being on Workplace for your regular updates on well-being matters.

As we navigate the challenges of modern life, let's remember that our health is our greatest asset. By prioritising both physical and mental well-being, we can truly enrich our lives and thrive in all aspects. So, let's take steps together to make health our ultimate wealth!