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Wellness Tips for Good Routine

We have been thinking a lot about the importance of creating good routines. When we make something a routine it becomes effortless: automatic. Here are three rituals that we find a great part of our morning routine:

Drink water

Being just 1% dehydrated can affect mental performance, so after a whole night of sleep we have a bit of catching up to do. Our brain mass is an amazing 75% water and if that quantity decreases, it can leave you struggling to concentrate, feeling sluggish and feeling imbalanced emotionally and mentally.

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What is stress?

Stress is a worldwide problem, with more people working long hours, and finding it hard to switch off.
2 million workdays are lost in the UK are due to employee stress and anxiety!
1 in 6 employees suffer from depression

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What is Fight Or Flight?

The fight or flight response is also known as the acute stress response, and whilst helpful in the wild when running from a lion, it can get in the way of staff productivity when induced by an upcoming deadline.
The fight or flight response makes our body experience two types of reactions:

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Stress Related Symptoms

The four common categories of stress-related symptoms are:
⬢ Cognitive – Worrying, forgetfulness, negative thoughts, lack of focus.
⬢ Emotional – Feeling irritable, angry, short-tempered, powerless, lonely, unhappy, depressed
⬢ Physical – Aches, pains, muscle tension, nausea, chest pain, frequent illness
⬢ Behavioural – Eating more/ eating less than usual, sleeping too much/ sleeping too little, isolating oneself, ignoring responsibilities

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Mental Health at Work

The latest Mental Health at Work Report by Business in the Community in 2018 cited:

61% of employees have experienced mental health issues due to work or a work-related factor.

1 in 3 of the UK workforce have been diagnosed with a mental health condition at some point in their lifetimes.

Only 16% of employees feel able to disclose mental-ill health to their managers.

30% of managers report a lack of facilities when it comes to supporting mental health and wellbeing.

85% of managers acknowledge employee wellbeing is their responsibility, but only 30% have received any training.

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Supta Matsyendrasana, or Cat Stretch (Kundalini)

Lower back pain is a common ailment for many, especially those who sit at a desk for most of their working day.
Today we want to offer Supta Matsyendrasana, Reclined Twist or Cat Strecth stretch that is a great movement to reduce pain and build strength.

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Stress and Fight or Flight reponses

The fight or flight response is also known as the acute stress response, and whilst helpful in the wild when running from a lion, it can get in the way of staff productivity when induced by an upcoming deadline.

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