We’re delighted to be working with We Are Wellbeing to provide wellbeing services for our own team and our customers. The team at We Are Wellbeing have been showcasing their skills and expertise, passing knowledge on via their Wellbeing Insights webinar series.
We’ve been enjoying listening to We Are Wellbeing’s experts to find out more about key wellbeing topics that impact all of us. Lockdown’s been tough for many people, and there are plenty of challenges up ahead. The Wellbeing Insights series features interviews and commentary with industry experts on a number of important topics. These have been specifically designed to help employees during lockdown and beyond.
Here are just some of the things we’ve learnt from tuning in to the series…
1. Wellbeing is about health and happiness
The four pillars of wellbeing include physical, mental, social and financial health. Achieving a good overall level of wellbeing involves all four of these key factors. So wellbeing isn’t just all about eating well and practicing yoga (though, of course, this can be important too!)
Identifying potential issues or situations and helping employees deal with them effectively is a key part of an employers’ duty of care for their team’s wellbeing. That’s because we spend a huge amount of our time at work, and employees should be looked after and supported throughout their time working for you.
2. Everyone has mental health
Maintaining positive mental health all the time can be a tricky task. But it’s important to be able to identify when persistent low mental health can develop into a more serious problem.
There are many ways to improve your mental health, including appreciating random acts of kindness, sleeping and eating well, living in the present moment and socialising.
3. Wellbeing is more important than ever
Businesses must take ownership of employee wellbeing post-COVID. Assuming everything will go back to normal won’t be good enough. Employees have lived through an incredibly tough time, and it’s up to senior leaders to acknowledge this and enjoy genuine and authentic communication with their team. A fresh approach to wellbeing could be just what your employees need.
4. Resilience can be learnt
We all know the type of people who simply appear to ‘bounce back’ and overcome challenges they face. But building this kind of resilience takes time and is not simply a personality trait Improving self-confidence, being flexible, tackling challenges with kindness are just some ways individuals can begin to learn better resilience.
5. Lack of sleep can impact your health
Did you know that not sleeping well can decrease the effectiveness of your immune system, increase weight, lower your mood and heighten your risk of heart disease and diabetes? Getting 40 winks has never been so important!
6. Chronic pain and physical damage aren’t always related
Chronic back pain, including pain flare ups, is not always associated with physical damage. That means mental health does play a part in chronic back pain and the worse we think we feel, the worse we are actually likely to feel. Make a conscious effort to switch up your routine, keep moving and stay physically active.
7. There’s a link between healthy lifestyle and health immunity
It sounds simple, but there are many important ways to boost your immunity. This includes exercise, low alcohol intake, good sleep, strong nutrition and hydration and ensuring your body gets all the vitamins and minerals it needs.
8. Don’t fear carbs!
Carbs are the main source of energy for the body and brain, so it’s important we eat enough carbs to keep ourselves healthy. There is, of course, too much of a good thing but a healthy amount of carbs is imperative to a healthy lifestyle.
9. Mindfulness is effective at work
Mindfulness isn’t just about reducing stress and helping individuals improve their own wellbeing, it’s also great for companies and organisations. It allows employers and their people to focus their attention on goal setting and create positive changes to company culture too.
10. The best ways to be an ally to the LGBT+ community
This is a hard time for everyone, but the COVID-19 pandemic has had a particularly strong impact on LGBT+ folk too. Reach out to LGBT+ colleagues and engage with authoritative content online to improve your own knowledge on the subject. Now more than ever, we need to support one another and find the best ways to do that.
11. Don’t hide away from your finances
Review your finances regularly. Check what’s coming in, and what’s going out. If you are in a position to save regularly, make this a firm commitment to ensure you don’t end up splurging on non-essentials.
12. Many people are at risk of not having enough Vitamin B12
Vegans and vegetarians are at risk, but also those with Chron’s Disease or IBS. If you drink too much alcohol you could also be at risk of low Vitamin B12 too! It’s an important vitamin that keeps your body running effectively, so consider supplements if you suffer symptoms of low B12.
Do you want to dig deeper into these topics?
We’ve partnered with We Are Wellbeing to provide a range of free wellbeing services to our new and existing customers. This includes exclusive access to expert Wellbeing Insights webinars to help empower your employees to improve their own manageable wellbeing.
Happy and healthy employees will be more motivated and engaged while at work. We understand many live entertainment organisations still face uncertainty around reopening, and employees may feel particularly anxious and stressed. This could be related to the ongoing pandemic, returning to work or other personal or professional issues. We Are Wellbeing’s services aim to give employees the tools they need to manage their own wellbeing effectively, helping them to do their best both at work and out of it.
Find out more about our partnership with We Are Wellbeing and how you can help support your team during these challenging times.