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Balancing Body and Mind: A Unified Workplace Wellness Approach

Employee focusing on physical and mental wellbeing

The demands of the fast-paced life have left a majority of corporate employees with little to no time for leisure or engaging in physical activity. As a result, there is a rise in physical and mental health ailments, such as depression, anxiety and stress. For employees to perform well in the workplace, employers must make it a priority to promote their overall well-being. This includes both physical fitness and mental well-being. Employers must create a holistic environment where employees feel empowered to take care of themselves physically and mentally so that they can be productive and have a quality life.  

So, in this blog, let’s explore ways in which companies can adopt a unified approach to workplace wellness that combines both aspects of health and well-being. This approach will help employers create a healthier, happier workplace where employees feel supported, both physically and mentally. 

Adopting Well-Rounded Wellness Programs 

A well-rounded approach to wellness is essential when companies are considering adopting a wellness program for their employees. They should ensure that the program offers benefits that promote both physical and mental wellness. For example, it could have a combination of fitness classes, nutrition workshops, stress management courses and access to mental health support groups. This way employees have access to the different kinds of resources that they need to improve various aspects of their lives and overall wellness.  

Employees adopting well-rounded wellness programs

Prioritize Stress Management Techniques 

Challenging work deadlines and the demands of modern-day life can cause high levels of stress for corporate employees. If left unchecked, this can lead to burnout, depression and even physical issues like heart disease and high blood pressure. Prioritizing self-care and finding healthy ways to cope with stress is essential for them to maintain good health. However, it is common to see many employees neglect their wellbeing as they focus on their work performance  

Encourage Movement 

Schools and colleges have sports and physical education sessions. But offices? Most workplaces do not in any way promote physical activity. This is a huge mistake because regular physical activities can have significant effects in improving mood, reducing stress and increasing overall productivity. While office gyms and sports areas are recommended, even companies without resources to do these can encourage employees to be physically active by organizing competitions or encouraging them to walk as much as possible. Sports and other physical activities can also act as a great team-building exercise.  

Employees participating in physical activities and sports

Provide Mental Health Support 

While many organisations are giving importance to mental health, they should build awareness among employees about the importance of self-care along with services from mental health professionals. The stigma around mental health still stops many from seeking the support they need. So, it is crucial for employers to not only make mental health support accessible but to also normalise mental health conversations at the workplace. This way employees will be encouraged to use the resources available without shame or fear of judgement.  

Encourage Breaks and Vacations 

Proper rest is essential for both physical and mental well-being. Encouraging regular breaks throughout the day, lunch hours or even something as simple as getting up from the desk once an hour can provide a much-needed break from staring at screens all day. It also helps employees to refresh and come back with better focus.  

Similarly, encouraging employees to use their vacation days gives them a chance to recharge their batteries and come back energised and with a fresh perspective. It can help reduce stress and remain productive in the long run.  

Encouraging breaks and vacations

The holistic approach to health at the workplace can benefit both the employees and employers. When an employee's overall wellness is taken care of by the employer through the means discussed above, they are more likely to be loyal and productive. This helps boost the company's reputation, attract new talent, reduce turnover, and increase overall productivity. Investing in employee wellness is ultimately a win-win situation for both employees and employers. 

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Nivetha Kannan

Content Writer, Silver Oak Health

Nivetha Kannan writes blogs on mental health and well-being topics for Silver Oak Health. She is a professional content writer and is passionate about the field of psychology & personal development. She writes impactful content that brings positive changes in people. Her mantra for life is to 'be curious and not judgemental'.