"Citius, Altius, Fortius." It is quite evident that the Olympic motto, Latin for “faster, higher, stronger” acknowledges elite athletes for their physical strength, but what often goes unnoticed are the mental challenges i.e. stress and anxiety that accompany this strife. On the surface, Olympic athletes may seem invincible; appearing calm, cool, collected, and laser-focused in face of the biggest sporting event of their lives. However, the experience of nervousness and stress is inevitable, unimaginable, and nearly impossible to escape when it comes to competing on the world stage.
During the spring time, healthy eating and fitness are often hot topics even in workplaces. Since workplaces are where you spend most of your waking hours, they are the great places to start taking the steps to your healthier lifestyle. As such, I propose a healthy workplace challenge for your workplace. Let the sunny days fuel your motivation to make a healthy lifestyle changes as a team! Ask your colleagues if they are interested in a healthy workplace challenge and make a commitment to start today!
Have you ever been stuck in traffic? Crammed yourself onto a train that already looked like it was over capacity? Arrived half an hour late to work despite leaving half an hour early? Unfortunately, these are all issues that many of us can relate to and you guessed it... it leads to more stress in the workplace!
According to the Workplace Stress & Anxiety Disorders Survey from the Anxiety & Depression Association of America (2015), 72% of people who have daily stress and anxiety say it interferes with their lives at least moderately. Within workplaces, anxiety impacts work performances, relationships with coworkers and peers, and quality of work. The work-related causes of anxiety were due to deadlines (55%), interpersonal relationships (53 %), staff management (50%) and dealing with issues/problems that arise (49%).
Yoga, a simple physical activity, has been found to have tremendous impacts on mental and physical health. Research has found it to be effective in reducing anxiety and depression. Could this be part of the solution for workplaces?