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We spend one-third of our lives at work. Somewhere between meetings and deadlines, we find ourselves faced with stress and anxiety as we try to balance our workload—and personal life. It’s no surprise then that wellness in the workplace is becoming an important area of focus for many employers.
In the last two years, an estimated 12.5 million working days were ‘lost’ in the UK due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety. A recent MINDBODY UK study* found that almost a quarter of participants always felt stressed or anxious. So how do we limit these negative emotions? By making our wellness a priority.
“We all know that when we are healthy, we are more able to face challenges—and the working world is clearly waking up to this idea, too,” says yoga instructor Andy Kobelinsky. “Many of the yogis who come to my classes do so to help them cope with work stress. Yoga improves posture and breathing, boosts morale and shows you how to go with the flow!”
From clearing your calendar for Savasana to utilizing office resources, here are three ways you can benefit from workplace wellness:
Incentives and prioritizing wellness at work can promote health and well-being. If your employer offers flexible working options, make the most of it by finding time for a workout or appointment. Whether it’s a meditation session between meetings, midday massage or an afternoon cycling class, the MINDBODY app makes fitness, wellness, and beauty more accessible in your area, even on the busiest days. With easy-to-use filters, you can reserve a spot, get your workout or self-care session on, and be back at your desk and ready to go in no time at all.
Exercise is known to have a positive impact on mental health and boost mood. Who doesn’t want to be happier at work? From a relaxing Vinyasa flow to a quick cardio blast class, we’ve found five workout sessions for all fitness levels that can fit into your lunch hour:
Workout Type: Pilates
Try This Class: Reformer 45 | Express 45
Where: Bootcamp Pilates, Strand | Fulham
Time: 30 minutes
Workout Type: Yoga
Try This Class: Flow Express
Where: Yoga Hub, Dublin
Time: 45 minutes
Workout Type: Interval + strength training
Try This Class: Workout of the day
Where: SW3AT Studio
Time: 15 - 45 minutes
Try This Class: Stretch
Where: Xtend Barre
Time: 45 minutes
Workout: Hot Yoga
Try This Class: Power Yoga Express
Where: Tribe Yoga, Edinburgh
Time: 60 minutes
Employers who cultivate a positive, healthy culture stand out from their competition. As millennials—who are set to make up 75% of the workforce by 2025—enter employment, company culture and work-life balance is a priority. With perks like on-site yoga classes, discounts on fitness, wellness and beauty services or employee wellness challenges, companies can implement various ways to help employees feel well. A happier, healthier workforce increases productivity, which in turn, makes the workplace a better environment, attracting and retaining talent.
To find out how technology, nutrition, design and mental health can have a positive impact in any workplace, we attended Unwired’s WELLNESS 18 Conference in London. By listening to panels lead by expert speakers and participating in wellness strategy workshops, it was clear that workplace programs need to include online and offline resources to be truly successful. From education to action items, wellness initiatives at work can positively benefit you—and your daily grind.
*A survey of 2,000 UK adults, conducted in 2018, using a five-point Likert scale
When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do.
How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?
As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.
When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:
In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect.
Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.
When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:
In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.
Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion.
When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:
That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain.