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4 Ways to Promote Wellness in the Workplace

 

“When you invest in your talent, they will invest in you.”

— Brenda Wiley, Vice President, Business Development at 24 Seven Talent.

 

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Investing in the health of employees is one of the best decisions a company can make. Research shows that for every $1 invested in worksite wellness, companies can receive up to $3 in return.  Implementing Workplace Wellness programs isn’t just an important part of employee health and productivity — but also for an organization’s ability to be successful.

Here are 5 ways to promote wellness in your workplace!

1. Stress Management

According to the American Psychological Association, 36 percent of workers experience stress in the workplace on a regular basis. Stress can often exacerbate both physical and mental chronic conditions. Providing, fun, stress-relieving activities — such as chair massages — at the office is one way that employers are working to combat this issue.

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2. On-Site Yoga and Meditation Classes

Here at 24 Seven Talent, we believe that taking time out of a busy day to incorporate yoga and meditation can help create healthier, happier and more focused employees.

Companies like Yojo : Yoga for the Average Jo will come directly to your offices, universities and institutions etc to provide on-site yoga and meditation classes!

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Yojo | Photo Credit : Mark Pfeffer

3. Healthy Snacks in the Office Kitchen

What makes a healthy snack? One that’s high in nutritional value (proteinvitamins, minerals, fiber) but relatively low in calories, total fat, saturated fat (no trans fat), sugar, and sodium. And the most important part of that equation is “high in nutritional value.” So as delicious as those Girl Scout Cookies look, they aren’t so good for you — so try to keep them out of the kitchen. Instead, why not fill the office kitchen with lots of fruits, veggies, and whole grains? Investing in a community juicer is a great way to encourage healthy snacking as well.

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4. Water, Water, and more Water! 

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Encourage hydration during the workday by providing clean filtered water — enough to consume 8 oz. of water for each working hour. It sounds like a lot of intake, but think of all the health benefits you’ll be rewarded! Calorie control, glowing skin, and a happy digestive system – just to name a few.

Coffee can lead to  jitters, crashes, and dehydration which not only make us feel bad — it’s not helpful to us when we’re trying to be productive. Sodas and energy drinks that loaded with sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Consumption of these drinks can lead to diabetes and a plethora of other rather unpleasant side effects.

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Ever wonder how much sugar is in that drink? Yikes!  You’ll notice water has zero sugar. Photo VIA

So keep that office fridge stocked with lots of water!

Or even better, keep a BPA-Free water bottle at your desk and refill every hour at the company filtered water cooler!

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Wellness in the Workplace : 3 Ways To Find Your “Ohm”

No matter how relaxed you felt after yoga class last night, its benefits may have worn off by the time you walked into work this morning.

It’s important that we take time for ourselves during the day to decompress, relax, and hit the reset button. Not only is it good for your health and well being, you’ll actually become more productive!

Here are three ways to find your “Ohm” during the workday!

1. Take a Walk Through A Public Park

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Washington Square Park, New York City | Photo : Michelle Kinney

 

Incorporating a 10-15 minute walk into you workday may be just what you need! Why not take a stroll through a nearby public park? The fresh air, green grass, fountains, and calming energy is a perfect way to recharge your batteries and prepare you for the rest of your workday.

2. Kick Back at a Nearby Hotel Lobby

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The Roosevelt Hotel : New York City | Photo : http://www.theroosevelthotel.com

 

Hotel lobbies are a great place to kick back and take a breather. They are usually full of comfy couches and chairs, and lots of folks who are on vacation. So take a deep breath, let go of your worries, and sink into a big comfy arm chair! Make that hotel lobby into your own mini-staycation right in the middle of your workday.

3. Meditate with Muse : The Brain Sensing Headband

Muse is a great gadget we learned about at Internet Week New York — and we love it!

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The best part is that you take Muse with you and find your “Ohm” anywhere you go! Muse: the brain sensing headband is a brain fitness tool that measures brain signals much like a heart rate monitor senses your heartbeat. Muse is the mental equivalent of a treadmill, which helps you exercise your brain with focused attention training.

It improves your attention by training you to become aware of your distractions quicker and react faster to regain focus on what you’re doing.  All you have to do is download the app and connect the Muse headband, take the tutorial, calibrate, perform a guided exercise, and see your results.  (VIA Choosemuse.com)

To learn more about Muse : The Brain Sensing Headband for your workplace, visit www.choosemuse.com !

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