How to Promote a Company Culture of Wellness
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With insurance premiums on the rise, employee health has become a prime concern for many businesses. On average, an unhealthy employee costs companies around $12,000 per active employee. Is it any surprise companies cite declining employee health as one of the main challenges when trying to find affordable health care?
If you want a healthier work environment, it’s up to you and your co-workers to put together a plan you can present to your HR department. Even if you don’t have the approval of the HR department, there are still plenty of options you can do to encourage a culture of wellness.
It isn’t just businesses that suffer though. Employees end up dealing with higher premiums and deductibles due to the declining health of co-workers. To counteract this, many businesses are turning to wellness programs to keep people healthy. Unfortunately, not all offer such benefits.
Have you ever wondered what else exercise affects besides your muscle? Believe it or not it affects your brain! Don't believe me? Try a few experiments on yourself. Pick a day when you are feeling not so motivated to do anything and go for a ten minute walk or run, do yoga, weight lifting or whatever your choice exercise is. Then see how you feel when you're done. Then pick a day when you're feeling angry or frustrated about something or kind of down and do the same. What were your results?
Let’s start with one of the most practical immediate benefits of breaking a sweat: exercise combats stress. Exercise is a powerful way to combat feelings of stress because it causes immediate increases in levels of key neurotransmitters, including serotonin, noradrenalin, dopamine and endorphins, that are often depleted by anxiety and depression. That’s why going for a run or spending 30 minutes on the elliptical can boost our moods immediately—combatting the negative feelings we often associate with chronic stressors we deal with every day.
Exercise improves our ability to shift and focus attention. In my lab, we have also demonstrated that exercise improves our ability to shift and focus attention. Even casual exercisers will recognize this effect. It’s that heightened sense of focus that you feel right after you’ve gotten your blood flowing, whether it be a brisk walk with the dog or a full-on Crossfit workout. These findings suggest that if you have a big presentation or meeting where you need your focus and attention to be at its peak, you should get in a workout ahead of time to maximize those brain functions.
Fear grips us all at one time or another. What you do with that fear is your choice and what matters. Do you run and hide or face and conquer your fear? If you run and hide, where and how long do you hide? You can't hide forever. Whether you face the fear and do something about it or not there will be an end result. When we don't conquer our fears, they return to haunt us and usually when we least expect it or are prepared for it and usually at inopportune times.
Be prepared for when your fear strikes you again. Know what invokes your fear. Fear of failure, fear of success, fear of not doing what's right. Define it and own it. There's a possible challenge for you unless you've been analyzing the fear for a while. Exercise is a great way to help calm some fear so you can form a plan of attack to deal with it. Exercise releases endorphin's which are the body’s natural opiates. They trigger a positive feeling in the body and an energizing outlook on life especially if you find an activity you can really get into. This can help you face some of your fears and maybe tackle them. So like the first meaning says, run! Just don't hide. Or you can choose another exercise like Yoga, Pilates, or cycling. Whichever you choose, relax and get those endorphin's flowing.
Is Anxiety a weed in your mind
Think of the mind like a garden. We all want a beautiful garden but very few of us actually take the time to do the weeding, or simply maintain it, and even fewer people actually take the time to landscape their mind garden. As a result, over time, the weeds begin to grow and grow and very quickly they become overwhelming. And this causes big problems.
How does one begin to weed out the garden? How does one begin to plant seeds of amazing fruit trees and beautiful flowers? How does someone move from where they are -a seemingly impossible place – to change and make that change a reality?
Simply: one weed at a time. Read Rest Original Article Here…