Home' Spa and Clinic : Volume 65 May 2016 Contents If a team happiness/wellbeing project
has you recoiling in fear at the thought of
bonding activities, games and flow charts
(hello fellow introverts!) The Happiness at
Work Program might just have stumbled
across an improved formula to encourage
happier, more productive staff.
Introducing daily exercises for six weeks,
that aim to become daily rituals, employees
write in their own copy of the program to
mindfully set a positive outlook with which
to start their day.
"Your staff members are your biggest
asset and they benefit as individuals,
taking control of their own wellbeing
and become happier," says co - creator and
etiquette expert Alexandra Blakemore.
Differing from standard, and expected,
staff training, The Happiness at Work
program doesn't require a facilitator but
rather applies a one-size-fits-all approach.
"It's all about your staff personally, not
their work skills," Alexandra says. "The final
week's task also encourages staff to develop
an ongoing happiness plan for themselves
and their team to further embed their
newly learnt skills.
"When individuals experience
appropriate positivity, they perform better,
and when individuals perform better,
employers and organisations achieve more.
BEND AND STRETCH
One very simple way to promote employees'
wellbeing is to encourage mindfulness of
"Poor alignment throughout your day
can cause bad postural habits, Ultimately,
this can lead to strain and injuries; as a
result of standing and sitting incorrectly,"
says Rhiannon Hopper, a Sydney Pilates
instructor who runs Pilates in the Workplace
Rhiannon cites neck and lower back
pain, headaches and wrist strain and the
most common complaints from clients
but says simply taking up a regular Pilates
practice can help bring awareness to your
"Learning where your neck and
shoulders should sit and how to utilise your
abdominal muscles to support your back
when working can prevent injuries.
"Pilates can also assist with mobilising
the spine and bringing some strength and
f luidity back into your movements."
Rhiannon, who once suffered neck
and shoulder pain as a result of being
hunched over a computer for long periods
at work, admits it's not so easy to maintain
a focus on alignment --- rather it's about
creating "moments" in the day to pay attention.
"I have had to make a conscious effort to
get up and walk around the office, making
sure I speak to people in person rather
than emailing. I also set a reminder on my
Outlook (or phone) to take the opportunity
to have a quick stretch when I can.
"And, most importantly - breathe! If you
can remember to breathe fully, you will be
able to prevent stress and tension creeping
up to your shoulder and neck.
Tom Cronin, founder of The Stillness Project,
recommends you and your team spend lunch
breaks away from computers, phones, air-
conditioning and f luorescent lighting.
"If possible, get into a park or among trees
somewhere to rebalance," he says. "Studies
reveal that your brain will actually get more of
a break if you surround yourself in a nature-
filled space rather than an urbanised setting.
"Green environments are found to be a
powerful stress-reliever and a great way to
refresh the attention span."
FEED THE BRAIN
The cornerstone of wellbeing is good
nutrition. Carla Oates, founder of The
Beauty Chef ' inner health and beauty
products, has been researching, writing and
teaching about organic beauty and health
for the last 15 years.
She has the following tips for and your
team to be on top form at work.
"Spending Sunday afternoons planning,
shopping and prepping your meals for the
week means you're much more likely to eat
well all week," Carla says.
"Organise smoothie ingredients into zip
lock freezer bags, make a batch of overnight
bircher oats or granola, pre-chop your
dinner veggies and pack salad jars for lunch
the night before. Being prepared by making
healthy breakfasts and lunches will eliminate
that trip to the local café where you may be
tempted with not- so -healthy options.
"Start the day with a healthy breakfast
comprised of good fats, protein and plant-
based carbohydrates. Try a smoothie at
home and then take your second course
(for example a boiled egg, bircher muesli
or homemade granola dressed with yoghurt
and berries) in a jar to the office. That way
you should really feel nourished all the way
through to lunch.
"Keep healthy snacks at work. Avoid an
afternoon energy crash by making yourself a
batch of The Beauty Chef's Glow Raw Energy
Bars or Chocolate Balls of Bliss. You can keep
them in an airtight container in the freezer
ready to grab one as you need it each day.
"Upgrade your desk drawer snacks with
a mix of herbal tea bags, such as green
tea (for mental clarity and antioxidants),
peppermint (to assist digestion after lunch,
and chamomile (to soothe frazzled ner ves).
"Keep The Beauty Chef protein powder
on hand to mix with water or your preferred
milk or some activated nuts and seeds for
protein, which helps regulate blood sugar
and prevent energy crashes.
"And don't forget to stay hydrated. This
not only helps keep you focused, but is
essential for good health and glowing skin.
Steep a pot of your favourite herbal tea
overnight in the fridge and then pour it into
your water bottle for a delicious iced tea to
sip at your desk. Add a tablespoon of chia
seeds for fibre, antioxidants and Omega 3
essential fatty acids.
"Or add a shot of The Beauty Chef's
Hydration Inner Beauty Boost which
contains organic coconut water, aloe vera
and lemon myrtle to help combat dry skin
that comes from office air conditioning.
Hydration Inner Beauty Boost also contains
prebiotics and probiotics to improve gut
health and boost the immune system." F
Massage at Blackmores'
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