1. Take Ownership
It’s our responsibility, and our responsibility alone to take ownership of our health and wellbeing. If we frequently find excuses to avoid looking after our vessel, the only one who will suffer is you.
2. Eat Well
Health starts at an intimate level, with your food choices. When at your desk, put away the sugary foods, instead reach for some healthy alternatives such as raw nuts, fresh fruit and vegetable sticks. Our food choices are the number one cause of diabetes, cancer, and other diseases including depression and anxiety. It is important to make choices that fuel the body not limit its ability to perform at its best. Remember it’s not ok to feel tired and sluggish all day.
3. Move the Body
Simply start with tiny bouts of standing, stretching and walking. Make a conscious daily choice to walk up those stairs over taking the lift, walk to your workmate’s desk, and walk to meetings instead of taking a taxi. Every day find small ways to get the blood and oxygen moving through the body. The truth is that by simply standing more frequently throughout the day, your overall health will notably change- by improving the body’s metabolism.
4. Clear the mind
It might sound strange but once you learn how to empty your mind, you will be able to think more clearly. This skill of clearing the mind has many indirect and positive effects. Normally, the mind jumps from one set of thoughts to another. Taking time to clear the mind will help you feel less widespread and more self-directed. Answers to problems are easier to place without external thoughts to distract you, you will find yourself responding to situations in a mellower manner.
Water, water, water! Make yourself drink at least one full glass of water in the morning, one before lunch, and one full glass before you go home at the end of the day. Drinking water will help to keep you fuller and less tempted to snack on sugar-laden foods.
6. Communicate with others
Forget the phone, shut down your email. We know its not always practical and time efficient, but getting up from your desk to visit your co-workers in person every once in awhile will not only improve your overall physical health but will also develop your work relationships.
7. Have a little you time
Take short ‘you’ breaks throughout your day. Find a space within the office that allows you to be alone for a moment. It’s an important tool to find pause in the middle of a crazy day. Switching our attention away from our work gives a different part of our brain the opportunity to step in and problem solve. The hardest part is defeating the guilt that appears when you stop doing and just sit.
Oxygen is the most fundamental nutrient for your body. It fuels our brain, nerves, glands and internal organs. If we don’t get the proper supply of this vital nutrient it will result in slow damage to your vital organs. Breathing is not only vital but is equally calming and taking that deep breath when stressed is the most inexpensive and helpful way to calm the mind and body and bring focus within.
Wellness in body, mind and soul encompasses a complete lifestyle change. Start by making the right mental adjustment through small changes. In a short time, you will feel the difference in your work-life.
Article by Twosix Co-Founders Bree & Emma
Having come from over 10 years in a corporate environment both Emma and Bree are passionate about changing the culture of work in Australia, ensuring that wellness is a sustainable practice inside of all workplaces. Twosix Wellness is a Melbourne based wellness hub that provides down-to-earth, and practical health and wellbeing programmes for corporates as well as inspirational content via their online platform. Yoga & Pilates Sessions, Nutrition & Mindfulness Articles, Workplace Wellbeing Workshops and so much more – There are lots of reasons to get excited about the Twosix movement!