Guide to Employee Mental Health: Resources for Mindfulness at Work

Guide to Employee Mental Health

Work is an important component of life. Studies indicate that it can also be a grueling aspect that can have a profound negative impact on mental health. Work overload, long hours, and relentlessly hectic environments can lead to anxiety, depression, and other stress-related mental health issues. Because of this, it’s important for employers to promote strategies that create healthier work environments and encourage a positive work-life balance. The following resources can help accomplish this.

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5 Thoughts About Your Health You Need To Drop.

With so much information out there about health and wellness, everyone (including myself) thinks they are an expert, it can be confusing and even down right frustrating to know what is good quality information. You read an article stating a diet which includes meat has no effect on your cholesterol levels, then you read one the next minute supporting the opposite- both articles site sources and research which backs their claim, perfectly too. So let me share a little secret- most people don’t know what they are talking about when it comes to health and wellness and more importantly- what’s popular, is usually the worst type of information out there. Writers and researchers have a hard time dropping their own agendas and forget that we are all unique and what works for them, doesn’t necessarily work for others. Plain and simple, different people thrive on different types of diets, supplements and workouts. At the end of the day you really need to find out what works for you, follow information from a select few trusted sources, be willing to adapt and then go from there.

So in hopes of removing some myths around wellness, I’ve made this list, which (of course) is biased by my own point of views and agendas.
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What You Don’t Want > What You Do Want

Life has changed in a a big way right now, and this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

If we chose to, we can use this extended home-stay to take a look within, decide what’s working in our lives, what isn’t and start to pivot and make major changes for the better. We can do all of this and use this time as a transformational container or we can continue to distract ourselves and do nothing. The choice is really up to each of us to decide.

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Stop Shoulding On Yourself

Do you constantly tell yourself what you should or shouldn’t be doing? Do you find yourself judging your actions and even your inactions?

It’s normal, but this doesn’t mean you can’t change this habit if you want to. Today, we wanted to give you some insight on how to start changing your thinking, your language and ultimately, your life.

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Empathy Fatigue

Are you or someone you know an “empath” or someone who “feels” the mental or emotional state of others? Is it effecting yours or their life, health and happiness while others feel better?

If so, I have a new way of looking at empathy today, one that can change your life, happiness and health.

I want you to move from being empathetic to being compassionate. I’m not suggesting you stop caring and don’t support others, I’m simply suggesting that you start to support other with healthy boundaries for yourself.

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The “Sweet Spot”: The Intersection of Happiness and Success.

Most of us have no idea what we want, many of us don’t even know what we don’t want.

We then wonder why we are not happy; we then wonder why we are unfulfilled; we then wonder why we can’t get to where we want to go.

How can we honestly expect to achieve our goals and create our dreams if we haven’t defined our destination?

We wouldn’t do this in business, we wouldn’t do this with a personal trainer, it would be a waste of time and maybe even get someone fired.

But, for some reason, when it comes to our happiness and dreams, we think the rules are different.

They are not.

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5 Top Yoga Poses to Build Strength

A weak body can neither get any work done nor has a strong immune system. Eating healthy only solve the problem partially. A regular yoga practice can go a long way in making the body strong and flexible.

Boat Pose

You need a strong core to do the Boat pose and the asana strengthens your core further. Sit on the ground by putting the hands on both the sides of your buttocks. Now sit on the buttock by leaning towards the back and stretch your legs out in the front. Lift your legs up at an angle of 45 degrees to the ground. Keep your spine straight and the lower abdomen flat. Raise your hands up to the knee such that they are parallel to the ground.

The Boat pose tightens and strengthens the core muscles of the abdomen and back as well as hip flexors. It also improves prostate, kidneys, thyroid, and intestine health.

Goddess Pose

The Goddess Pose enhances both strength and stamina. It allows the muscles to be stretched and toned.

Stand in mountain pose, and focus on your breathing. Keep your feet apart and sideways. Bend your knees and lower your hips up to the height of your knees. Keep your arms at shoulder height in the namaskar mudra such that your fingertips are pointing upwards. Maintain this position for 30 seconds. Repeat.

Bridge Pose

This yoga pose stretches the neck, chest, spine, and hips. It boosts blood circulation by strengthening back, buttocks, and hamstrings. The bridge pose reduces stress and depression, and improves lungs, thyroid and abdominal organs’ health. Lie down and bend the knees. Then try raising your buttocks so that your thighs are parallel to the ground. Your body now makes a bridge-like pose. Maintain this pose for 30 seconds or more.

Triangle Pose

The Triangle Pose enhances strength and flexibility by working the legs, hips, muscles around the knee, ankle joints, hamstrings, calves, chest, shoulders, and spine.

Stand straight with your legs apart in a triangular shape. Bend on the right side and try to touch the right foot with right hand while keeping the other one raised upwards. Repeat on the other side.

Plough Pose

The Plough pose stretches the muscles in your lower back and neck. It also facilitates the release of stress and tension.

Lie down facing to the sky. Stretch your arms wide on your sides. Slowly lift your legs overhead and then place them on the back of your head. Lift your back so that your feet can move farther away from your head. Your hands and the stretched shoulder blades will support your upper back.

To learn more about private yoga training and group fitness classes, get in touch with the leading stress coach in San Francisco, California, The Big Yogi, Nick Palladino, at [email protected] or call 707-293-5415. Nick inspires, teaches and leads others towards their own light and life purpose.

3 Integrative Techniques for Mindfulness Based Stress Management

If you want to maintain long-lasting well-being, you need to effectively manage daily stress. While there are many ways to combat stress, integrative techniques for mindfulness-based stress management, focus on solutions that have lasting effects.

Integrative techniques of mindfulness-based stress reduction include –

Mindfulness Meditation

Being in the present moment is skill that can be acquired and the benefits are extremely beneficial. The most important thing is to master focusing on what is happening right now, rather than the past or the future. This helps to eliminate a majority of the daily stress and anxiety, and gives you the power to transform self from within rather than waiting for circumstances to change.

Nutrition

Integrative Mindfulness-based stress management is incomplete without nourishing the body with a nutritionally dense diet. You can learn to enjoy a largely plant-based diet to promote physical well-being. A healthy diet and healthy body will prepare your body to be resilient despite any emotional or environmental stress. Being mindfulness also helps you identify and overcome triggers that lead to emotional eating.

Yoga

Yoga postures are like meditation in motion. It keeps you relaxed yet alert and calms the mind. The postures help to release any built-up stress and relax the body and mind.

These three things work as the holy trinity of lasting health and well-being.

To learn more about mindfulness at work, get in touch with the leading stress coach online in San Francisco, California, The Big Yogi, Nick Palladino, at [email protected] or call 707-293-5415. Nick inspires, teaches and leads others towards their own light and life purpose.

3 Amazing Tips for Managing Stress

Stress and anxiety have become one of the biggest causes of missed work days. Multitasking, struggling with deadlines, no work-home boundaries can make anyone feel overwhelmed.

Fortunately, mindfulness can help you to manage stressful situations and maintain overall well-being so you are less moved by daily stress.

Mindfulness is not a single tool but a way of life. When you learn to be mindful and live in the present moment, you observe your feelings and thoughts without judgment, do not feel stressed. Mindfulness meditation, yoga and breathing exercises are all ways of practicing mindfulness.

Since your physical and mental well-being is affected by how you think and feel, becoming more mindful can help you manage them and cope with situations better.

When you practice mindfulness on a regular basis, it can have a great positive impact on your overall health and wellbeing. Here are some extremely effective tips.

Mindful Eating

Paying attention to what and how you eat will not only help you enjoy your food better but also prevent overeating. Better eating means better nutrition and better ability to manage stress.

Mindful Walking

Mindful walking involves paying attention to how you walk, your posture and gait, each step and how it feels when your feet touch the ground. Going for a mindful walk can help to calm the mind and gain perspective and insight. You can go for a mindful walk even during the lunch break at work.

Mindful Waiting

You can be mindful even when you are waiting for a meeting or when you are in an elevator or whenever you are stressed. Focus on your breathing. You would observe that the breath tends to become more rhythmic as you observe it. This can help the body to relax and the mind to become calmer.

To learn more about mindfulness at work, get in touch with the leading stress coach online in San Francisco, California, The Big Yogi, Nick Palladino, at [email protected] or call 707-293-5415. Nick inspires, teaches and leads others towards their own light and life purpose.

Yoga as Stress Management Training

Yoga is one of the most ancient practices of self-development. Its methods include ethical discipline, physical poses, breath control and meditation. While it originated in the East, it’s now extremely popular in the US, UK and other countries of the West.

The fact is that many organizations now understand the benefits of yoga in keeping their workforce more relaxed, healthy and innovative. A little yoga in the morning or even during the lunch break can reduce stress and increase productivity. The practice of yoga includes poses and stretches while keeping breathing slow and controlled.

Yoga for Stress Management

The mind naturally calms down when the body relaxes. This is how Yoga is able to help you achieve stress reduction and a sense of well-being.

Several mechanisms in yoga can minimize your stress levels. Practicing yoga lifts your mood, allows for increased mindfulness and by increasing self-compassion. Mood improvement allows us to be more focused on the present and encourages us to give ourselves a break from worrisome thoughts.

Yoga utilizes various techniques for stress reduction –

  • breathing exercises
  • stretching exercises
  • fitness programs
  • meditation practice
  • guided imagery

Yoga classes and training is wonderful for beginners. A Yoga guru or master will help you learn the correct poses and postures. Those who have yoga as a regular part of their lives report less stress and higher overall well-being.

To learn more about yoga for stress management training, get in touch with the leading life coach in San Francisco, California, The Big Yogi, Nick Palladino, at [email protected] or call 707-293-5415. Nick inspires, teaches and leads others towards their own light and life purpose.