Last Saturday was World Mental Health Day, a day dedicated to heightening awareness of the causes and effects of mental ill-health. If you are a subscriber to Tonic’s well@work app, you will already have access to October’s Wellbeing Topic – Mental Health. It is packed with content, insights, research and tips to help you better understand and prioritise your mental health & wellbeing.
When it comes to walking more or taking part in physical activity, it’s like marmite; you either love it or you hate it. For some, exercise is an essential part of the day. It is great for boosting energy levels and relieving stress. Whereas for others, its a time to fear and constantly put off – even the thought of walking for longer than a few minutes is filled with dread!
May is National Walking Month (thirty-one days dedicated to getting us to move more and sit less), and it is perhaps more important right now than ever. So whether you are a reluctant exerciser or some one who is desperate to get back to the gym – walking more is something you should be doing right now.
This week, Monday 4th May to Sunday 10th May is Sun Awareness Week; seven days dedicated to raising awareness around Skin Cancer. The weather has been beautiful during the last few weeks. In fact we have had the hottest April in years. However, as we enter the seventh week of lockdown in the UK, it is important to make sure you are getting enough sunlight (ensuring you are spending enough time outdoors) whilst also being safe.
With a brand new year comes new goals, mindsets and fresh starts. However, as we enter the second month of 2020, it is a great time to reconsider how are you getting on with your new year resolutions. For some of us, we may have already fallen at the first hurdle, however this doesn’t mean we should feel either defeated or deflated. No! Far from it! There’s still another 11 months to go. So, if you feel you need a little help, we have put together our 2020 guide on getting more active, toning up and feeling more energised!
For many of us, it is the most wonderful time of the year. We break up from work, get to spend plenty of time with our loved ones, consume copious amounts of good food and alcohol and give and receive heart-felt gifts. However, for some of us, it can all just get a little too much…
In general, December is a good time for morale; everybody in the office is on a high! Employees are looking forward to their Christmas party; to recognition and rewards from their managers and then breaking up for the festivities. How do we prolong this though? How do companies ensure those feel-good emotions and positivity continue for the other 11 months of the year? Concrete research and evidence shows that workplace wellbeing programmes are not only welcomed, but they are highly sought after and desired. We go one step further at Tonic and say a wellbeing programme should be embedded in to every company that is striving to attract, engage and retain talent!
What is essential to good workplace wellbeing? Sometimes employers can create the opposite of what was intended. For example – a company allowing “unlimited holiday” resulted in less holiday being taken. Good intentions from employers can sometimes have the opposite effect creating a culture of Presenteeism.
What is World Mental Health Day?
World Mental Health Day is held on the 10th of October every year. It is a day for mental health education and awareness and towards removing all social stigma. Each year the day carries a theme, this year it focuses on “Young people and mental health in a changing world”.
We know there are simply masses of articles out there claiming to be revolutionary and helping you to age slower, enhance your brain health, improve your sex life and even live longer – well this is not that; nor are we trying to jump on that band wagon.
This is more going back to basics. Not feeling overwhelmed but instead feeling reassured and confident that small lifestyle changes can make a REAL difference to your health and wellbeing. That’s got to be worth a try….and in this article we’re all about MOVING MORE (so not just exercising regularly but actually being less inactive and sitting less every day). This is what can do lasting damge to your body and you will not be able to train even if you want to!
Tis the season to overindulge! Especially when the sun has been shining; drinks flowing and the BBQ’s lit! So if you’ve spent the last few weekends in the pub – or not doing an awful lot because of the heat – here’s how to get rid of your World Cup Waist before your summer hols!
Before we launch into our great wellbeing tips, we must remember that life is all about balance. It is for living therefore we shouldn’t feel too guilty.