workplace wellness

At the end of 2018 the Telegraph reported an enormous rise in sick days related to ‘stress, anxiety and depression’.[1]  48% of all sick-leave taken in 2018 was in that category, leading the TUC and forward thinking business leaders to take action. [2]

Bringing an office ‘Wellness Policy’ into place can significantly ease these sick days helping both the corporations and their employees. Global Wellness Day says “Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life.  It is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth. A good or satisfactory condition of existence; a state characterized by health, happiness, and prosperity; welfare.” [3] A toolbox of ways to manage stress & anxiety brings employees benefits in-office as well as at home.

I work with clients one to one, in workshops and in office settings bringing a personalised toolkit to help them become free of stress. Using meditation, breathwork and shamanic techniques merged with trauma awareness and psychotherapy we work together to change the way clients respond to stress.

Meditation has been proven time and again to reduce stress[4] and the many inflammation issues associated with it[5]. Mental and physical stress releases cortisol which effects sleep patterns, increases depression and fatigue. Stress is the root cause of many health problems including irritable bowl, PTSD and fibromyalgia and if the root cause can be combated so will the health issues.[6][7]  

Anxiety, phobias, paranoia and obsessive compulsive behaviours are all linked to similar root causes of stress and traumas. Using mindfulness techniques again are linked to reducing and eliminating these very limiting behaviours.[8]

Using the breath and visualisation for relaxation I lead groups with the aim of them feeling well, calm and focused but also with the aim that they can take away techniques to use at any time.

The world is changing and the workplace has an amazing opportunity to evolve with it for everyone’s greatest good. 

 

[1] https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/11/01/work-related-stress-mental-illness-now-accounts-half-work-absences/

[2] https://www.tuc.org.uk/workplace-guidance/wellbeing-and-stress

[3] https://www.globalwellnessday.org/about/what-is-wellness/

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24395196

[5] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0889159112004758

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25354470

[7] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22669968

 

[8] https://www.researchgate.net/publication/5946075_Relationships_between_mindfulness_practice_and_levels_of_mindfulness_medical_and_psychological_symptoms_and_well-being_in_a_mindfulness-based_stress_reduction_program

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