Mindfulness & Well-being for the Workplace

Having a healthy, happy and resilient workforce is vital for the success of any business.  Latest guidelines from NICE recommend organisations “offer all employees (or help them to access) mindfulness, yoga or meditation on an ongoing basis”.  I can work with your teams using both Mindfulness and Alexander Technique principles.  Helping your staff take better care of both their minds and their bodies

Mindfulness & Well-being for the Workplace

Having a healthy, happy and resilient workforce is vital for the success of any business.  Latest guidelines from NICE recommend organisations “offer all employees (or help them to access) mindfulness, yoga or meditation on an ongoing basis”.  I can work with your teams using both Mindfulness and Alexander Technique principles.  Helping your staff take better care of both their minds and their bodies

Employee Well-being Challenge

Targets, deadlines, crunch times; we accept them and we know they’re part of working life.  But do we know how to work with them?

When we’re very busy, we tend to do things in a way that creates more stress and puts more pressure on our minds and bodies.  Of course, we don’t do this deliberately; we’re simply not aware that it’s happening.  We are so focused on the end result that we are aiming for, this takes us away from what’s happening here and now and so we don’t notice things:

  • We don’t notice the amount of tension that we are holding in different parts of the body such as the shoulders, legs or abdomen
  • We don’t notice that we are leaning forward in our seat or craning our head and neck towards the screen
  • We don’t notice that our breathing has become shallow or that we are holding our breath (a phenomena termed ‘screen apnea’ by Linda Stone, former Apple Executive)
  • We don’t notice that we are staring and not blinking
  • We don’t notice that we need to move the body or drink some water

These things matter.  In the short term we can experience headaches, sore muscles, eye strain, feelings of overwhelm and fatigue.  And in the longer term these behaviours can lead to chronic health conditions including RSI, hypertension, chronic back, shoulder or knee pain, anxiety, insomnia, exhaustion and burnout.  In addition to this, we now face major changes in the way we live and work and these can contribute to feelings to stress, isolation, anxiety, disconnection and uncertainty

Employee Well-being Challenge

Targets, deadlines, crunch times; we accept them and we know they’re part of working life.  But do we know how to work with them?

When we’re very busy, we tend to do things in a way that creates more stress and puts more pressure on our minds and bodies.  Of course, we don’t do this deliberately; we’re simply not aware that it’s happening.  We are so focused on the end result that we are aiming for, this takes us away from what’s happening here and now and so we don’t notice things:

  • We don’t notice the amount of tension that we are holding in different parts of the body such as the shoulders, legs or abdomen
  • We don’t notice that we are leaning forward in our seat or craning our head and neck towards the screen
  • We don’t notice that our breathing has become shallow or that we are holding our breath (a phenomena termed ‘screen apnea’ by Linda Stone, former Apple Executive)
  • We don’t notice that we are staring and not blinking
  • We don’t notice that we need to move the body or drink some water

These things matter.  In the short term we can experience headaches, sore muscles, eye strain, feelings of overwhelm and fatigue.  And in the longer term these behaviours can lead to chronic health conditions including RSI, hypertension, chronic back, shoulder or knee pain, anxiety, insomnia, exhaustion and burnout.  In addition to this, we now face major changes in the way we live and work and these can contribute to feelings to stress, isolation, anxiety, disconnection and uncertainty

How Do Mindfulness & Alexander Technique Practices Help?

Both Mindfulness and Alexander Technique are gentle approaches that help to bring us back to what is happening in our minds and bodies right now, in this moment.  Short and simple practices offer practical support for staff to manage their own well-being

This is a way of gently increasing awareness – of ourselves, of situations and of the people around us.  Some of the benefits that former participants have experienced include:

  • Seeing the bigger picture
  • Making better decisions
  • Feeling calmer
  • Taking a more balanced approach
  • Better listening and communication skills
  • More resilient
  • Improved time management
  • Ability to manage emotions more effectively
  • Taking better care of minds and bodies
  • Feeling more engaged and motivated
  • More creative

Tailor-made Online Sessions to Suit the Needs of Your Organisation

Working with both Mindfulness and Alexander Technique, I can offer a variety of practices (gentle movement and stretching, sitting, walking, standing or lying down).  Sessions provide a safe, inclusive and welcoming space for staff to re-connect with themselves and each other.  The practices can help participants to feel more grounded, calm and resourced and offer them some useful tools to take away with them.  Some sessions may also explore different ways of working with thoughts or stressful situations.

Sessions are held using the Zoom platform and participants can book in via a secure booking system

I have experience of working in both the public and private sector.  To find out more about my qualifications, head on over to the about page.  You may also want to check out what previous participants and pupils have had to say on my testimonials page

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"Brilliant. Highly recommended!"

"This has changed my way of thinking for the better. I am less reactive at work and more constructive in the way I think"

"I am so pleased that I embarked on this course. I can often calm myself by using techniques that I have learned"