Stress in the workplace is growing, at an alarming rate. Mental health affects the best of us.
We all have physical and mental health, most of us know how to deal with our physical health and what we should we doing or eating to help it. We can see the physical results like toning or building muscle in our own bodies. Mental health is harder to manage and can be hidden by the person suffering very easily.
A mental health illness will affect one in four of us at some point in our lives. When you work at a desk or drive long distances all day, your body becomes less flexible and your posture can cause discomfort. This initial discomfort can build into a more long term chronic injury. You are more likely to suffer with mental health issues if you have a chronic injury or ongoing pain. The National Centre for complementary and alternative medicine showed that a 12 week yoga practice decreased chronic back pain better than traditional treatments.
Mental health issues have a significant impact on employee well-being and are a major cause of long-term absence from work. Employers are encouraged to promote good mental health and provide support for employees who are experiencing mental ill health including anxiety or depression.
Health & Wellbeing is key to maintaining a productive healthy workforce. You work harder when you’re in good health and happy. The HR magazine also recognises this stating that investing in health and wellbeing keeps staff motivated, builds morale, increases job satisfaction and ultimately brings down absence due to sickness. They quote “a good wellbeing programme is worth its weight in gold” (HR Magazine)
Kate’s ‘Yoga at Work’ workshops give employees a chance to reset and feel refreshed both physically and mentally as well as counteracting working postural strains on the body.
Benefits for the company of Yoga at Work
- Yoga strengthens the immune system so employees are healthier which means they take less sick days – saving money for the business
- Staff bond better relationships with their colleagues which supports team working
- Relieves stress in the workplace (leading cause of long-term absence)
- Increases productivity, motivation and morale
- Activates learning and creativity – Yoga practice stimulates right brain function
- Improves workplace atmosphere
- Enhances employee job satisfaction
- Relives stagnant working conditions – activity creates action
- Counteracts long hours screen working (which aggravates the hypothalamus of the brain)
- Gain perspective of a healthy work-life balance – avoid burnout
Benefits for the employee of Yoga at Work
- Build closer relationships with colleagues making work more enjoyable
- Gives your mental and physical health a boost for the day
- Relieves stress, anxiety and increases energy
- Become aware of your body especially when stuck for extended periods of time in front of a screen
- Get your fitness quota for the day done while you’re working
- Great exercise for toning, flexibility and stability
- Reduces tension and stiffness
- Improves to digestion, sleep, energy levels and posture
- Calming of the nervous system and therefore clearer mind
- Feel refreshed an reinvigorated
- Relief of emotional frustration
Broad-minded employers are also more likely to attract a greater calibre of employees – businesses all over the world are realising this and have introduced wellness strategies.
According to the ubcuk (https://www.ubcuk.com/whats-happening/blog/workplace-stress-costs-uk-economy-4billion/ ) workplace stress accounts for over 160millionlost days per year and costs the UK ecomoby over 4 billon.
The HSE estimates that musculoskeletal disorders are responsible for almost 10 million lost working days per annum. Over a third of GP appointments are MSK related.