Your mental wellbeing is very important, it is what keeps us feeling happy and healthy and able to enjoy life fully. Some professions can be detrimental for our wellbeing, for example a highly stressful job that keeps you up all night or a job where you have to sit inside all day with no sunlight. The great thing about construction work, however, is that there are so many different health benefits.
You Can Work Outside
With many labourer jobs you work full time outdoors. Although you may be working in the rain some days, the constant fresh air and sunshine is very good for your mental health. You will get lots of vitamin D from the sun and this will make you happier. Sometimes working in the office all day can get stuffy and you have little time to venture outdoors. With some construction jobs you may have a combination of outdoor and indoor working. For example, if you are a structural engineer, you may have to spent many hours creating drawings and designing elements for a building but you will also likely be visiting the space to get a feel of how the project will come together.
It Keeps You Fit
Being a construction worker is also great for your mental wellbeing because you are very active. You are always moving and becoming stronger with heavy lifting and this can be great for your health. It is well known that physical activity releases endorphins and this boosts our mood. That is why you may feel a bit happier if you go on a walk after being stuck inside all day.
There Are Career Progression Opportunities
Career progression is another great benefit for your mental wellbeing. This is due to the sense of reward you get and the variety of work that you will have. Being in a mundane job with the same tasks day in day out can leave us feeling low. There are so many courses that you can take including an NVQ which would allow you to become a construction site manager. Many construction professions like to progress to managerial roles once they have been a labourer for many years. The salary is much more rewarding, and you will have different job responsibilities which will allow you to begin a new journey within your career.
In addition to obtaining more qualifications to develop your career and boost your wellbeing there is also the Construction Site Certification Scheme (CSCS) which allows you to demonstrate your abilities with a coloured card.
Although money is not everything, higher rewards can boost our mental wellbeing. Construction workers get paid around £42,000 on average in the UK. This will depend on your role and your level of experience. The majority of individuals who work in the industry will remain in it for their entire lives due to the vast amount of benefits and the chance to become managers and high up roles alike.