Last week Work Wise ran a campaign to encourage people to recognise what it is they do to enhance their wellbeing. We asked readers to take a selfie of their wellbeing moment and share it with us. We kept this to Facebook Work Wise Wellness and Twitter #mywellbeingselfie The idea was inspired by one of the London organisations that we work with.
Wellbeing is a state of being happy and healthy. It means having the capability to feel and express a range of feelings whilst living and working productively. Research shows that people with high levels of wellbeing are more resilient on a mental, physical and emotional level.
The way we think and feel effects our wellbeing. The past saw many believing that our levels of wellbeing and resilience was something we inherited. Recent studies show that whilst some of this comes down to genetic make-up a large percentage of our wellbeing levels are influenced by us and the decisions we make. On deciding to make healthy choices in our attitude and actions can lead to overall improvement. A lifestyle that prioritises Wellbeing offers endless rewards, to name a couple, feelings of fulfillment and abundance of energy.
Following the campaign we were delighted with the response and all the “healthy selfies” received – thank you to those who took part. To share with you a few statistics, we had engagement from people all over the world – all ages (9 – 92 years of age), nationalities, men, women, children and a few furry friends too. A big thank you to our sponsors Anne Marie Borlind and Vue cinemas. A special word of thanks too, to the Work Wise team who helped create this campaign.
Work Wise: Spreading some Wellbeing sparkle
For us this is mission accomplished! Whilst having some fun, everyone paused to give their wellbeing choices some thought. We got people thinking about the many ways they can influence their lifestyle. It also showed us how it embraces diversity and does not necessarily have to cost a lot.
There are a range of ways we can connect with wellbeing and raise our general resilience.
To touch on the few selfies we publicly shared last week:
Connecting with people around you – nurturing relationships with others can help us feel good and gives us greater sense of purpose
Being active – exercise helps release the feel good chemicals in our minds
Meditation and Yoga – helps us feel calmer and contributes to emotional control
Enjoying a hobby – hobbies encourage taking a break and providing an outlet for stress
Focus and planning ahead – helps make you feel more positive and in control
How to recognise ways that your resilience levels are low and the need to shift your focus to more of the good stuff:
- Poor concentration
- Problems with sleep
- Being on edge
- Highly emotional
- Lack of energy
- Muscle tension
These are a few examples; the list is not definitive
In the context of work it is likely as an organisation that you are already doing things to support your staffs’ wellbeing without being aware of it.
Recognising low wellbeing and resilience levels at work and amongst your team:
- High levels of absenteeism
- Low productivity
- Lack of team cohesiveness
- Lack of engagement with organisational values
- Team conflict
Again, these are a few examples and the list is not definitive
If you would like to learn and do more to improve your employee wellbeing we would love to have a chat and share some of our ideas with you.