Putting the “Well” into World Wellbeing Week

Wellbeing in the workplace has never been more important. Our work environment and pressure can start to seriously compromise our basic human needs, running us down and causing us to be inefficient, irritable and jaded. In honour of World Wellbeing Week this week I share 3 daily essentials for staying on top form!

1. Quality sleep

It sounds crazy to discuss sleep in the same blog as work habits, but the reality is we work late – sometimes very late, often spending a lot longer on screened devices than expected. As a result your nervous system can actually take hours to switch off, even after you’ve put the laptop away. Not to mention the lethargic lack of productivity the next day.

Try to stay away from ‘blue screen’ devices a couple of hours before sleep and engage with an old school approach such as picking up a book (What are they again?)

2. Breathing

Whilst we may not notice it, stress has a horrible way of inhibiting and constrain your breathing pattern, affecting our perception and emotion. The more severe the stress, the more we tend to literally ‘hold’ our breath.

To break the trance, catch a moment of self-awareness and put your attention immediately to your breath ….deep breath in, deep breath out…. and in turn, this will tell you all you need to know about your state and how stressed you are, stimulating your ‘right brain’ and calming the nervous system, activating a relaxation response. Try it right now! Inhale 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and Exhale 1, 2, 3, 4 ….(see if you can take your exhales all the to 8 for a deepened sense of relaxation).

3. Movement

Movement is important to rescue your posture from being moulded into the shape of a chair. Your organs also require movement in order to function most efficiently and eliminate any senses of restlessness and pent-up emotions that get ‘stuck’ in the body.

By taking regular breaks and moving your body, particularly stepping outside and moving around in nature, you can allow your body and mind the chance to reset. Give it a go! Lunch breaks aren’t just for eating food. It’s the perfect time to move and initiate a change in the middle of your day, ensuring that no matter how tricky your morning was, you have a productive, calm and controlled afternoon ahead to tackle any work problem head on.

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