Wellness at Work

I really enjoyed presenting workshops to bank employees as part of the Wellness week program.

We covered a range of topics from sleep and adrenal dysfunction to neuroplasticity and mindfullness, and of course nutrition and exercise.

The groups were well-motivated and asked some really insightful questions about soy intake, omega 3 and oxidation, how much sleep should we all be having and we debated the benefits of the Paleo diet.

People shared their health experiences, particularly with diet and exercise regimes. The discussion about coffee intake caused a stir, as we Wellingtonians prefer double shot coffees and it can be usual for city workers to easily consume eight shots of coffee a day, having four evenly spaced coffees during the working hours. We also discussed healthy intakes for alcohol and why busy people use alcohol as a crutch to relax after work.

Alternative ways to relax were suggested and we looked at the physiology of relaxation which induces the parasympathetic autonomic nervous system, and how the body works optimally in this state. Mindfullness was discussed, along with diaphragmatic breathing and techniques were demonstrated as a group exercise.

Wellness weeks are a great concept for companies to keep their staff healthy, vital and happy. Evidence shows that the cost of poor health in employees is more than enough to justify health and wellness programs for the company.Healthy, active organisations benefit from increased productivity and financial gains. Employees benefit with higher job satisfaction and energy levels, a sense of well being, physical fitness, improved nutrition and less likelihood of accidents at work.