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Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 3:09 PM
 

In order to create the balance between the mind and body, it's vital for you to stay holistically healthy — even at work! Here are three tips to help you stay holistically healthy in the New Year! 


1. Take Daily Meditation Breaks

Multiple studies have shown that meditation can help increase your emotional intelligence, increase focus and retention, increase creativity, and enhance relationships!

If you're not sure of how to start...

There are Youtube guided meditation tutorials you can try at your desk. Take 15 minutes during your lunch or coffee break, and follow along at your convenience.


2. Talk to Your Workplace about Weekly Fitness Classes

According to a study published by the Journal of Occupational Therapy, employees who spent at least two and a half hours working out at work a week had less absences than those who didn't.

Yoga Class

Recent research undertaken by British researchers at the University of Bristol found that workers who participated in workplace fitness programs had improved mood and performance.

This increased workers' performance, improved working relationships, increased concentration, and reduced stress.

Talk to your HR department about weekly fitness classes — such as yoga and pilates.

Several yoga instructors, for instance, are mobile and can be hired to do group fitness classes on-site at your work. You may be able to get reimbursed for the classes if your company has a health and wellness plan.

The incentives aren't only for you, but for your workplace as well!


3. Schedule Weekly Holistic Health Treatments

According to a study published in the Holistic Health Practices Journal, workplace massage therapy sessions improved employees' pain severity (stemming from various workplace injuries).

Weekly holistic health sessions can also improve job satisfaction, reduce stress, improve work relationships, and can help build a healthy workplace culture.

Ask your workplace about bringing in a mobile holistic health practitioner once a month or every week. Or, schedule a holistic health practitioner to come in during a staff meeting and explain the benefits of their holistitic health treatment with a short demo and Q and A.  

47% of Canadians agree that their workplace is the greatest source of stress during their day. In one survey conducted in 2012, that included 6,300 Canadian employees, it was found that 14% had clinical depression.

More and more workplaces are taking a holistic approach to building their wellness programs. It's important both for the employee and the employer to encourage a healthy work enivronment.

To find out more about how to stay holistically healthy in the workplace, explore the NHPC's online Holistic Health Guide. In the Health Provider Directory, you can find an NHPC-recognized holistic health practitioner in your area.