Benefits of Implementing Employee Wellness Programs
Stress releases hormones that are a result of the fight-or-flight syndrome and although this has become the norm it causes havoc in our bodies.
In today’s corporate world, everyone is facing a race against time because things are five times faster than they were a mere five months ago, and the pace just keeps growing. With everyone rushing against the clock, stress and anxiety are parasites we have learnt to live with. So, the one and only neutralizing factor is to incorporate wellness techniques into the Corporate program. It’s no longer optional; it is mandatory for survival.
These are four benefits that wellness programs can provide to employees:
1) Stress Reduction: Stress releases hormones that are a result of the fight-or-flight syndrome and although this has become the norm it causes havoc in our bodies. We are supposed to experience this syndrome only when we are in danger. But in rushing against deadlines we are permanently in this mode. The best way to tackle this is by training our minds to cope and the key to doing it is through meditation. A whole generation of people struggles to balance its life and fortunately many meditations are available online to help with the process.
2) Anxiety Control: Breathlessness, increased heart rate, shallow breathing, sweating, minor panic attacks and mood swings are signs of anxiety. The best way to combat it is through the use of pranayama (breathing techniques). Breath is the force of life and when we learn to control our own breath we learn to control our internal responses. So, through our breath we can centre ourselves and not give in to the stress. By redirecting our energies to the breath, we can control our internal chemical reactions to situations that cause bouts of anxiety.
3) Flexibility: A popular saying today, which is also very true, is that sitting is the new smoking. Much of the corporate workstyle is physically sedentary. Physical stiffness from long hours of sitting at the desk causes acid build up in the muscles. The best way to relieve that is through basic yoga stretches which can be practised at ones desk at the workplace.
4) Work- life balance: Our work and emotional balance is totally askew because almost 80% of our attention is going towards work (yes, even during holidays) and this is repressing our emotions. This can cause a lot of toxic build up in the body which can lead to many illnesses and health issues. Creative urges also end up being stifled. So, many therapies that focus on art, sound or dance can be pursued to awaken the heart centre and thereby release the pent-up emotions.
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