As it is Global Wellness Day on Saturday 9th June, this week the LID blog is focusing on wellbeing. Today’s blog is all about Wellness practices to do at work to try and maintain positive mental and physical wellbeing even when you are in the office.
1. Connect with your body
Try and make 10-15 minutes (or more if you can!) to connect with your body. You could go for a walk at lunch where you aren’t distracted by emails or your phone, or to go to an exercise class. Exercise and fresh air will increase productivity for the rest of your day and ensure your mental and physical wellbeing are being looked after.
2. Look at your diet
Consider the choices you make at every meal and ask if they support your physical wellness. There are certain foods that assist our bodies with combating stress, improving focus, and improving our mood. If you notice yourself feeling sluggish after your morning or midday meal it may be worth considering a change.
Studies have shown that plants in an office can boost productivity, creativity, and reduce feelings of depression, anxiety, anger, and fatigue. Additionally, there are physical benefits such as lowered blood pressure. You may need to evaluate the lighting in your workplace and choose a plant suited to the space.
4. Make Boundaries
Remember that you do not need to say yes to every opportunity and task to prove your worth in a job. If you know a task is unmanageable with your work load, speak to your line manager. Emphasise that you would love the opportunity and ask if there is a sensible and healthy way it could fit into your role. You could also set an “auto reply” for incoming weekend emails to avoid the temptation to reply or check them.
5. What do you desire?
Take a few minutes before you go into work or as you go about your day to affirm what it is you want from the day and from yourself. Affirmations do not take much time and they set a focus and positive energy towards the day and your tasks.
6. Create an After-Work Ritual
To help you separate yourself from work a routine can be useful. It could be as simple as changing into something more comfortable like ‘loungewear’. A hobby is always really good to ensure that you have an outlet for your passion. Long hours make it hard to have hobbies after work, so a ritual can be as simple as you lighting a candle when you get home.
Posted by Francesca Stainer
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