Practicing well-being at work

Sonya Stevenson | 25 November 2019

Practicing well-being at work

There is an increasing focus on the importance of well-being in the workplace, both physically and mentally. There is more evidence than ever that proves that a happy and healthy workforce is an effective one, for lots of reasons. At French Duncan we have explored various ways to encourage our staff to manage stress and improve well-being, including bringing a mindfulness practitioner in to each of our five offices, the introduction of our Healthy Living Committee and more recently I have been holding yoga classes at our Edinburgh office.

Taking breaks in the workday with yoga has proven to be one of the most effective ways in helping employees relieve stress and become refreshed and more focused. Employees will then be able to make better decisions, be more productive, and have a more positive attitude with co-workers. It improves the immune system and overall health, resulting in decreased absenteeism and sickness levels as well as raising productivity, motivation and work performance.

Since qualifying I have been able to share my passion of yoga with my fellow colleagues by holding a weekly yoga class in the Edinburgh office during our lunch break. My class is based on seasonal yoga flow style of dynamic yoga practice which is designed to align students with the changing energies of nature and the seasons. A practice that improves physical strength and flexibility and brings balance and harmony to your life. The concept was created as an antidote to the stress and anxiety of modern life.

Staff that take part in the weekly classes have commented that these have helped them relax, focus for the rest of the day and improved their general well-being. For workplaces that don’t have the facilities for yoga or similar activities, simply taking time out of your day to switch off and remove yourself completely from the working environment is therapeutic and refreshing in itself.

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