The benefits of regular Yoga both professionally and personally


With so many people having a busy schedule, there appears to be little time for a personal luxury like yoga. But is it a luxury? Maybe if people understood the importance of yoga they would prioritise it more. Let’s look at the benefits of regular yoga. 

What is Yoga?

Yoga is a technique that seeks to strengthen the body and the mind.

It involves meditation, breathing exercises and assumes various postures that seek to engage certain muscles. Yoga requires discipline and is highly effective in boosting your mental and physical strength.

Yoga as a technique dates back to thousands of years in the Hindu culture. However, the practice has been adopted in various countries and is presently being provided in schools, hospitals and leisure centres. 

Personal Benefits of Yoga

There are numerous personal benefits of regular yoga. First, rigorous scientific studies cite the technique as an effective approach towards boosting your strength, balance and flexibility. There is evidence citing regular yoga as a beneficial technique not only for people with high blood pressure but also back pains, stress and depression.

Regular yoga produces physical benefits such as improved respiration and energy, improved cardio and circulatory health, weight reduction as well as increased physical flexibility. Yoga improves your balance by strengthening key areas of the body such as the ankles thereby reducing the risk of falls. 

Mentally, regular yoga is beneficial as it helps in stress management. Yoga focuses on creating calmness and inner peace. Therefore, it is a highly effective approach for managing stress and anxiety. Considering the high number of stress in the workplace, encouraging yoga among your employees can be one way of helping them to achieve a healthy lifestyle. 

Professional Benefits of Regular Yoga

Regular yoga stimulates mental health. Therefore, for those feeling overwhelmed in the workplace, practicing yoga will help you overcome workplace challenges, develop a positive attitude and learn self-discipline. Recent scientific research such as “The Science of Yoga” by William J. Board cites that regular yoga improves both physical and emotional wellbeing. This is because unlike most exercises, yoga helps to promote mindfulness thereby improving your mental wellbeing. Regular yoga can help in your career by helping you to develop your self-confidence as you strive to master contortions that at first appeared challenging. 

If you have not yet begun practicing yoga, then you are missing out. Look for a class or go online and get some great tips for beginners’ class. Find time in your busy schedule to practice yoga. It is worth it.

And remember – Mayfair Cares.

Reference Links:

Board W.J. (2012) The Science of Yoga, Accessed https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=BGrx76leGtgC&printsec=frontcover&dq=the+science+of+yoga+by+william+broad&hl=en&sa=X&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=the%20science%20of%20yoga%20by%20william%20broad&f=false

Woodyard C.,(2011) Exploring the therapeutic effects of yoga and its ability to increase quality of life. Accessed https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3193654/

 

Handling depression and the effect on your job


Mental Health is a global concern being given a higher than usual profile at the beginning of 2017.

Although it is not widely recognised, the number of individuals suffering from depression whilst holding a job down is significant. Forget the deadline burnouts and cases of the blues, we mean actual chronic depression!

According to Mental Health America, at any given moment, 1 in 20 employees (5%) is struggling with some form of depression.

And you simply don’t handle it through sheer willpower; that would be misunderstanding the problem. Formal, professional help is required although there is much that the individual can do to help themselves in handling depression and its effects in the workplace:

Understanding depression in the workplace.

Common perception places depression as a mood disorder influencing our overall emotional feeling. However, it also affects concentration, physical health, personal performance capacity and much more.

The ability to function normally may adversely affect both quality of life, work and job satisfaction.

Below are some effects on depression in the workplace:

· Relationships with colleagues: In a lot of cases, depression will result in withdrawal from co-workers and potential conflicts which can have a knock on effect to team and company performance. 

· Job Performance: With depression, it is can be difficult to handle day to day responsibilities and cope with changes in the workplace.

· Physical health deterioration: With depression, the energy levels are affected, something made worse by insomnia or disrupted sleep which all contribute to makes coping difficult and undermine performance. 

What can we do?

Firstly recognise the symptoms:

·        You are constantly exhausted.

·        Cooperating with colleagues takes ages.

·        You prefer the company of your computer alone in your office, to liaising with colleagues.

·        Your previously positive attitude is only rarely seen.

·        You have low self esteem.

·        Your morale is low and productivity is going down the drains.

·        You are constantly tempted to call in sick because you are exhausted.

If some or all of these apply to you then seek professional help and don’t let the onset of depression get a hold

Take a mental health break

When everything is just not clicking as is supposed to, when your performance, morale and output are suffering and you feel defeated, it is time to take a break and not just from your normal duties in the workplace, but from everything else.

Taking a mental break may just be the difference between proper recovery and total mental meltdown.

Set recovery as priority over your work.

Your work is important because that is how you pay the bills and look after your family; but it is not the only aspect of your life!

Even when there are deadlines to meet or during busy periods, nothing is more important than your health.

Don’t beat yourself up; perfection is just a theory

Everyone suffers disappointments, seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and mistakes are common to everyone; give yourself breathing space for God’s sake! Re-adjust your expectations and attitudes relative to your job. Why? Problems are inevitable and no one is perfect.

Establish symptom-specific methods: 

The best way to address a problem is to study it and work out appropriate ways to cope with it. This is especially so with depression, particularly in the workplace. Identify particular symptoms that you have noticed over the years and establish proper methods to deal with them.

For instance, if your concentration suffers then why not break the work down into smaller manageable elements which can make the overall task less onerous.

Job politics and diverse personalities are just part of the job

When working with different individuals, some things such as conflicting interests and agendas are inevitable. This is normal so do not let this get on top of you. Try to rationalise and recall that similar situations have happened in the past and they were overcome.

No one is an island

No one goes through life alone. Even if you live in an upmarket suburb and money is not a worry, you still need people; whether it is food, transport, job, people are important in your life. Do not go through everything alone, involve your co-workers where you can share responsibilities, incorporate family members in your activities and use them when you need a shoulder to lean on.

Remember, one of the ways to go about handling depression is venting not concealing.

Not just with depression, but with any other health concern, it can be very difficult to be at your best when preoccupied with your health. Whether you are already working on it or just beginning, it is important to have coping mechanisms that work for you – some of the above will supplement the professional help that you should seek.

Remember – Mayfair Cares.

With acknowledgement:

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/mental-health-information

 

Resolutions and your place of work


We are now into 2017 and did you make those resolutions?

Where any of them for your workplace?

Perhaps you forgot.

Here are 6 suggestions to make your working life better, more enjoyable and more productive.

  • Create prioritised ‘to do’ lists. We know that this isn’t original but it is oh so important if you are to increase your own efficiency and avoid being stressed by the important task that you are putting off.
  • Delegate More. Are you possessive about your workload thinking no one else could do the work like you? If you work in a team then learn the meaning of the word team and delegate! That way your colleagues will enjoy the extra responsibility and you will improve your work life balance and create some ‘thinking time’.
  • Take Your Lunch Break. It isn’t smart or impressive to work through your lunch break. Everyone needs a break during the day and a good idea is to get some fresh air and gentle exercise to refresh both the mind and body. It will benefit your productivity in the afternoon.  
  • Show more interest in your colleagues. Get to know the people you work with better. Understand what makes them tick, what is important to them and what they worry about. Arrange lunchtime walks or a drink after work. This will develop your relationship and make working together more productive.
  • Improve fitness. From that stroll at lunchtime with a colleague to taking up a new sport or joining a gym, regular exercise will also have benefits at work because you will become sharper in both body and mind.
  • Positive mindset. Associate yourself with generally positive people and be positive yourself. Positivity is contagious as are the benefits of a positive mindset both at work and at home.

This is by no means an exhaustive list. Our intention here is to leave you with achievable resolutions and if you are able to take up even half of those listed, and make them stick, then you will find significant benefits both personally and professionally.

Remember – Mayfair Cares