Wellbeing in the Workplace

Five Ways to Promote Wellness in the Workplace

Workplace wellness is evolving. Early efforts to create healthy workplaces focused on safety and injury prevention, more recently programmes have been designed to assist employees to choose healthier behaviours like being more physically active; but now companies are investing in the health of their employees by offering wellness retreats, yoga, meditation, mindfulness and relaxation.

1) Encourage exercise

Turn your office into an active campus. If you can make changes at your premises, consider offering covered, secure bike parking for commuters. Or provide showering facilities and locker rooms for employees who wish to workout at lunch. Can’t make structural changes? Implement and promote a lunch hour walking club and offer incentives for employees who participate. Encourage the entire office to use the stairs. And offer discounts or partially subsidise memberships to a local gym or exercise club.

2) Transformational Breath

Transformational Breath is a cutting edge technique helps us breathe fully and deeply which naturally induces feelings of relaxation and helps us manage the stress response. With the body and mind relaxed, this can help cultivate a more productive workplace.

Other reported benefits of Transformational Breath include:

  • More focus and productivity
  • Increased creativity
  • Relief of muscle tension
  • Clarity in decision making
  • Stress relief
  • More energy & vitality
  • Induces relaxation
  • Boosts immune system
  • Positive thinking

3) Cycle to Work Scheme

Regular cycling can help lose weight, reduce stress and improve fitness.

Cyclescheme.co.uk enables your employees to get bikes and accessories tax-free, saving on average about half the cost. It’s completely free to join, and easy to administer online.

560,000 bikes so far! Why don’t you start your journey today by registering your business or inviting your employer to register?

4) Yoga

Yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance. Regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains – including lower back pain – depression and stress.

Why not bring a yoga teacher into the workplace and offer sessions at lunchtimes or after work?

5) Become pet-friendly

Not only do pets encourage stress reduction, they provide an excuse to get active. Pets will force your employers to take a walk because they need breaks during the day.

Pets allow your staff to get ‘mental breaks’ by taking time away from their desk.

Special Offer at Wasing Park

Between now and the end of the year, Wasing Park is offering a complimentary Transformational Breath session with coach Rebecca Dennis of Breathing Tree for 12 or more delegates attending a 24-hour conference.

 “Transformational Breathing is secretly attracting a hugely diverse range of clients, from stressed hedge fund managers responsible for other people’s millions to those who want to lose weight. Transformational Breathing is awesome.” Tatler Magazine

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