7 Ideas for Workplace Wellbeing
Are you someone who sometimes overlooks their own wellbeing? Here are some easy and achievable workplace wellbeing ideas to aid and maintain positive mental and emotional health.
Improve your breathing:
With our busy lifestyles, or in difficult times, our breathing can become shallow and we can feel overwhelmed and anxious. By spending a few minutes each day and focusing on deepening the breath from the diaphragm, we can feel calmer and ready to take on the challenges of life. Try these quick and easy breathing exercises for a few minutes each day. More tips for coping with crisis and challenging times here.
Get more fresh air:
A busy day at work can often mean no daylight or fresh air. Daylight is beneficial for mood, improving sleep, the absorption of vitamin D, and so important for our general well being. Why not aim to get outside during a break for at least a 5-10 minute burst of fresh air and sunlight in your day? The fresh air coupled with the mental health benefits of walking has to be a winner.
Drink more water:
Water is responsible for carrying nutrients all around our body, hydrating skin, lubricating joints, flushing out waste, maintaining blood pressure, and more, so is crucial for good health. The NHS recommends 6-8 glasses of fluid each day. Starting the working day with a prepared water bottle in the morning and carrying it with you throughout your day is an excellent reminder to regularly hydrate. If you are not keen on water, try adding a slice of fruit or opt for a fizzy version?
Eat at least 5 a day:
Regularly getting our five a day can make us feel so much physically and mentally healthier. Here are some excellent tips on incorporating more fruit and vegetables into your daily routines at work lunches, and for healthy grocery shopping on a budget. Why not boost your five by some vegetarian or vegan days in your week? A great way to try new recipes and enjoy the delicious, natural flavours of those delicious vegetables. Find some inspiration in these tasty vegan and vegetarian recipe books.
Get more exercise:
Finding something that you find enjoyable and manageable goes a long way towards maintaining an exercise routine. There are many physical and mental benefits of yoga so finding some time to engage in this will bring rewards. See our recommendations for free online yoga and other exercise here.
If yoga isn’t for you, why not try running? It is excellent for mental health and weigh maintenance, it is free, and you can get oodles of fresh air. Perhaps you can buddy up with a work colleague or get active in your lunch break? The Couch to 5k challenge is really accessible for beginners. Advice here on essential running kit.
If you have a dog, walking (or running) with a furry friend is an excellent stress-buster, motivation to get active, and source of fresh air. Those working from home may be able to do this as a midday break but after work is great for de-stressing. There are also many free exercising from home options available.
Be more mindful:
Being mindful can take many forms, for example through yoga, meditation, colouring, crafting, or perhaps through going for a massage or holistic treatment? An easy mindfulness activity is to simply stop and focus on what you can see, smell, hear and touch right now, in the present moment. This can help calm a racing or worrisome mind. Try rehearsing mindfulness for a few minutes each day. Also take a look at the holistic healing system of Ayurveda, which promotes quality of life through self-care and a preventive lifestyle.
Be kinder to yourself:
Why not try being your own best friend? We can be guilty of not treating ourselves with the compassion and respect that we deserve, or with which we treat others. Be kind to yourself. Try hard to not over commit to tasks, compromising your work/ life balance. Find time to talk to friends and loved ones to talk through worries- a good chat and a giggle is an excellent way to unwind.
Ideas for workplace wellbeing:
I hope that these ideas for workplace wellbeing have provided some simple ideas for a positive and healthier workplace life. More home based cheap and easy self help tips here. Please add your tips for workplace wellbeing in the comments below.
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