Corporate wellness for productivity
We have become so busy, that we don’t realize the impact stress has on our physical bodies. We often ignore the aches and pains and feelings of tiredness that slowly but surely creep into our daily lives and become the ‘norm’.
Interestingly, corporate wellness has become a buzz phrase and is now a growing trend we can no longer ignore.
Why should we consider corporate wellness?
Well, of course, you don’t have to consider wellness at work. However, if you want to take steps towards a more productive approach to your work and a healthier lifestyle, it should certainly be on your radar.
Believe it or not, you don’t need to start wearing tie-dye and calling yourself a hippy alter-ego nickname to be interested in holistic wellness. You can introduce the principals of wellness into your workplace, without going to the major extremes. Such as tree-hugging vegan-preaching, which is what the wellness stigma once had.
Risks associated with ignoring stress at work
Well, year on year more and more research is going into workplace health and wellness. Studies are beginning to show that stress impacts our health and thus, costs companies more money in operational costs while workers are off sick or having to re-recruit.
For the workers, we can get sick, age faster and our mental health can be massively impacted by running our day-to-day in ‘fight or flight’ mode. It’s simply not sustainable. One day the stress will catch up with us if we do not invest in looking after the vehicle that carries us each and every day, our body.
What exactly is wellness?
Wellness can come in the form of exercise, diet, meditation, acts of kindness, relaxation, massage, study, internal work, yoga among so many other varieties. Some are physical some are mental and others are based more on awareness. You don’t have to do EVERYTHING.
That’s far too overwhelming and hugely unrealistic, especially if you are new to the wellness craze. Taking some steps in the right direction via easy-to-implement strategies to improve your overall wellness is a wonderful place to begin.
Here are 8 useful wellness ideas to help you become healthier and more productive at work
1. Chair stretches
You don’t have to sit upside down or attempt a standing split on your work chair or anything, you can simply try some gentle work safe chair stretches to help relieve lower back pain, tight shoulders and stretch out areas of tension. Make it a daily ritual!
2. Breathing techniques
Try taking a couple of mini-breaks to do some breathing techniques to encourage more oxygen into the body and help relax the tension-filled muscles. My favorite is the simple but highly effective breathe in for a count of 4, and out for a count of 5 for 5 minutes. Consciously focusing on releasing muscle tension on the exhale
3. Rolling your foot arches on a cricket ball at your desk
Super easy to implement, low cost and highly effective. We store a strange amount of tension in our feet hence the popular demand for reflexology! Pick yourself up a cricket ball and have it at the ready for your hard-working tootsies and spend some time rolling out those arch kinks!
4. Kindness to colleagues
This sounds incredibly obvious, be nice to everyone at work yawn. But seriously, there’s more to it.
Instead of coming in to work saying hi how are you in robot mode and sitting down to your desk carrying on about your usual activities, you should try to spend an extra minute focusing on some added kindness to colleagues. It feels good to be kind and the energy is carried within your body. Workplace wellness in its simplest form.
5. Lemon and ginger tea
Oh so easy, and oh so delicious. A refreshing and zingy option to wake you up of a morning or provide you with a much needed pick me up as you head into the afternoon slump. There are some really amazing health benefits attached to fresh lemon and ginger tea, you can always grab a ready-made teabag pack if you haven’t the facilities to chop up your own ginger at work! The benefits are still magnificent and your body will thank you.
6. Get yourself a water bottle
Instead of a glass of water here at there, get yourself a bottle and try to finish it so you can hop up to refill, tallying up how many refills throughout the day. Dehydration hinders our performance and can often make us feel tired. Putting some effort into our hydration and making a tally to keep track is a great way to monitor how much water you are putting into your body throughout the day, wellness through hydration.