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9 Science-Backed Reasons You Should Meditate on a Daily Basis

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Sep 20, 2018

All of us deal with some sort of stress on a regular basis. According to a 2017 survey by Gallup, 79% of Americans feel stressed sometimes or frequently throughout the day. Ignoring this stress can lead to a wide array of health issues – both mental and physical. It can also lead to burnout in the workplace.

Luckily, there are many things you can do to relieve stress. One method that has been gaining a lot of popularity throughout the past few years is meditation. In fact, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NIH), nearly 18 American million adults practice meditation. While meditation is an ancient practice, more and more people are beginning to utilize its relaxing powers to relieve stress and feel more productive.

Research has found many reasons why meditation is good for us, both mentally and physically. Here are nine science-backed reasons you should start meditating on a daily basis: 

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How to Focus on Stress Management in Your Employee Wellness Program

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Jul 26, 2018

Stress is one of the most common challenges employees face. It’s also one of the most damaging, too. Unmanaged stress can lead to burnout, unhealthy habits, and harm an employee’s mental and physical health. 

According to research from the American Institute of Stress (AIS), 40% of employees reported their job was very or extremely stressful, and 25% view their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives. Based on these stats, it’s safe to assume that a majority of your workforce is dealing with workplace stress on a daily basis.

While stress might seem like it’s a normal part of office culture, it shouldn’t ever be excused or ignored. When stress becomes chronic, it can have dangerous effects on an employee’s health and wellbeing. In fact, AIS also found that job stress is more strongly associated with health complaints than financial or family problems are.

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Everything You Should Know About Depression in the Workplace

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Jul 09, 2018

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), depression affects more than 16 million American adults each year. Depression is a serious condition that can happen to anyone and affects people from all different walks of life.

It might not be the most pleasant topic to discuss, but it’s crucial that depression is addressed in the workplace. While the stigma surrounding depression in the workplace isn’t nearly what it used to be a decade ago, there are still many barriers in the workplace that make it difficult for employees to be honest with employers about living with depression. 

Fortunately, employers are focusing on mental health in the workplace now more than ever. In fact, a 2017 Behavioral Health Survey showed that 88% of U.S. employers want to make behavioral health a top priority over the next three years. Many companies are leading the way in promoting mental health awareness in the workplace by encouraging mental health days, providing resources, and creating wellness initiatives focused on mental wellbeing.

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Are Employees More Stressed Over the Summer?

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Jul 05, 2018

When we think of summer, we think of relaxing by the pool and enjoying a sunny, carefree weekend. However, some research suggests that employees are actually more stressed over the summer than they are over the winter months. Surprising, right? 

According to a 2016 study by meQuilbrium, the shift from spring to summer appears to cause an increase in stress levels for most employees. The survey analyzed results from 30,000 working men and women over a period of two years. They found that factors such as eating habits, sleep, time management, and sense of pressure saw a downward shift during the summer months.

So, what could be causing these stress levels to spike? meQuilbrium suggests that it’s not office life that’s causing employees to stress. Outside factors are most likely to play the main role in summertime stress. Let’s take a look at some common summertime stress factors: 

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What Employers Should Know About Parental Burnout in the Workplace

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Jun 28, 2018

For a working parent, the workday doesn’t stop at 5 p.m. You still have to pick up your kids from school, rush them to soccer practice, find time to run to the grocery store, and then somehow cook a healthy meal. It’s a stressful lifestyle. And if you’re not careful, that stress can sneak its way into your daily work life.

A new survey by the Business Performance Innovation Network (BPI Network) collected data from 2,000 working parents across North America. Nearly two-thirds of the survey respondents claim they have experienced parental burnout – with 40% of those cases being described as “significant” or worse. This new report details just how big of a problem parental burnout is in North America. 

Parental burnout is more than just a family issue – it’s an issue for corporate America. Many factors of modern work life contribute to parental burnout. In fact, nearly 30% of parents reported that work-related factors are primary contributors to parental burnout. This included the challenge of both parents working and parents feeling exhausted from work. 

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Would Your Workplace Benefit From an Office Meditation Program?

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, May 14, 2018

Many innovative companies are looking for new, effective ways to boost employee wellness. The power of mindfulness has been on the rise for many employers that are looking to help improve productivity, boost mental-wellbeing, and reduce some stress in the workplace – and for good reason. Research has shown how practicing mindfulness on a regular basis can train your brain to better process emotions, stress, and help you focus on the present moment.

One of the most popular ways to practice mindfulness is through meditation. Meditation is a mind-body practice that’s been used for centuries to promote calmness, improve physiological balance, and improve overall health. There are many studies that have demonstrated how beneficial regular meditation can be on the mind and body. Which is why more and more companies are starting to offer a meditation program for employees.

If your workforce deals with stress, emotional health issues, or low morale, you’ll likely benefit from implementing a meditation program. Meditation programs have a lot of amazing health and wellness benefits that will have a positive impact on your employees. Let’s take a look at some of the powerful benefits of implementing a workplace meditation program:

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Foolproof Tips for Staying Mentally Healthy at Work

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Apr 23, 2018

A lot of workplace wellness tips focus on the importance of physical health, but employees should know that mental health is just as important! Between long hours, built-up stress, and a heavy workload, being a full-time employee can take its toll on your mental wellbeing. In fact, one in four Americans identified work as being a source of anxiety.

Taking care of yourself mentally is one of the most important things you can do for your health and wellness. Maintaining a healthy mind helps you cope better with stress, relate with others, and make rational decisions. Good mental wellbeing can also help you feel more productive and accomplished at work.

Ignoring your mental health can lead to some serious health consequences. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), approximately one in five American adults (or 43.8 million) experience mental illness in a given year. This is a sobering statistic that should remind both employees and employers why it’s so important to prioritize mental wellbeing. 

By simply adopting some healthy habits, you can stay mentally healthy at work. Below are 15 tips to help you prioritize your mental wellbeing at work: 

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12 Habits of Employees Who Handle Stress Like a Boss

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Mar 26, 2018

Stress is inevitable. It’s a part of life and, unfortunately, a part of office culture. Most employees deal with stressful situations or obligations on a regular basis. According to a 2017 survey by Paychex, over 60% of employees said that they felt stressed three or more workdays per week. This stress can lead to chronic stress or eventual burnout, which can both negatively impact physical and mental health.

Since stress can’t necessarily be avoided, it’s important to learn how to handle and cope with stress in a healthy way. Some employees might turn to alcohol, smoking cigarettes, gambling, or other risky behaviors to cope with stress, but these unhealthy habits only make things worse. To truly manage work-related stress, employees need to prioritize their physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing.

If you are starting to feel the signs of chronic stress, it’s urgent to learn coping skills before it’s too late. Chronic stress can lead to high blood pressure, heart problems, digestive issues, chronic aches and pains, and much more. There are many healthy habits that employees can practice to better deal with stress. Below are 12 habits of employees who handle stress like a boss that you can try out for yourself!

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Here’s How to Set the Mood For a Positive Workday

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Mar 05, 2018

Your attitude in the morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. If you walk into work feeling grumpy, chances are, you’ll walk out of work feeling grumpy, too. Having a negative mindset at work can lead to added stress, trouble concentrating, and irritability – and none of those are great for your work performance. Arriving to work with a negative attitude can also hold you back from forming any positive social connections in the office.

 While we don’t always have complete control over our physical surroundings, we are capable of controlling our mindset. Developing a positive mindset before the workday will help you stay productive, optimistic, and mentally healthy – no matter what the day throws at you. So, instead of swatting at your alarm clock and spending your morning dreading the work ahead of you, try out these tips to help you set the mood for a positive workday: 

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Feeling the Effects of Workplace Burnout? Here’s How to Deal

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Feb 05, 2018

When you first started your job, you probably felt excited, enthusiastic, and optimistic about your future at your company. But after a few years, that excitement might have started to dwindle, and you might feel a bit less happy in your role that you once used to love. This is a normal feeling for many full-time employees – especially for those that work in high-stress roles or at high-stress companies.

If you dread going to work and feel like the work you do has become meaningless, you might be suffering from the effects of workplace burnout. Mayo Clinic defines workplace burnout as a special type of stress; it’s a state of physical, emotional, or mental exhaustion combined with doubts about the competence and the value of one’s work. Burnout usually occurs when a person experiences long-term stress at their job or feels their role is emotionally and/or physically exhausting. 

Some typical signs of workplace burnout include:

  • Feeling negative or cynical at work
  • Having trouble feeling focused or productive
  • Feeling irritated with colleagues or clients
  • Lack of energy
  • Poor sleep
  • Changes in diet or appetite
  • Taking more sick days than usual
  • Feeling unsatisfied with your achievements
  • Unusual chronic aches or pains – like headaches or backaches 
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